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9:55 AM ET, September 2, 2006

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Samlowry / Web3.0log:
New secure browser Browzar is fake and full of adware  —  Social news rave about Browzar - they claim it a new secure browser leaving no footprints.  After looking at it closer, I found out that it's not a browser at all, and moreover, this software thrusts search via it's own PPC-SE full of ads on user.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Browzar Just An Adware Machine?  —  Earlier this week the big story was the launch of a new "safe" browser called Browzar, which InfoWorld called "the latest entrant to the crowded Internet browser market".  —  Browzar promises to make web surfing more anonymous by disabling cookies, history, auto-complete, etc.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
BBC:
Net browser promises private surf  —  A web browser that leaves no trace of a user's online surfing habits on their computer has been released.  —  Browzar, as it is known, automatically deletes all records of the pages a person has visited when it closes down.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: MySpace to Sell Music From 3 Million Bands  —  In a direct challenge to Apple's iTunes, MySpace has announced its intention to sell songs from the 3 million unsigned bands on MySpace.com.  Even more surprising: the songs will be sold as unprotected MP3s, free from DRM.
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
MySpace To Start Selling Music Downloads in MP3 Format; May Take Stake In Snocap  This is possibly be the worst time to get a story out (c'mon guys...give us some rest, will ya): MySpace is going to allows the bands (3 million of them) on its site to sell music downloads.  It will start before the end of this year.
Discussion: GigaOM
David Heinemeier Hansson / Loud Thinking:
Fear, Uncertain, and Doubt by Joel Spolsky  —  Joel Spolsky is a good writer.  I've thoroughly enjoyed many of his pieces.  Language Wars is not one of them.  Actually, let me recant that.  It's not entirely true.  I did enjoy his latest piece on one level.
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Wasabi  —  I think some people thought I was joking earlier today when I said that we have our own compiler, Wasabi, for FogBugz.  —  Yes, Wasabi is real.  Because FogBugz is sold to customers who run it on their own servers, it has to run on hundreds of thousands of web servers "in the wild …
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
It's Official: Windows Vista RC1 Is Complete  —  This just in: Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin has just now posted an announcement that RC1 is complete on the TechBeta/TAP site (note that it's password-protected).  We're reproducing the text here so that you all can see his comments.
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Paul Krevs / Neowin.net:
Windows Vista RC1 Released
Discussion: digg
Reuters:
Brazil judge orders Google to disclose users' data  —Text+SAO PAULO, Brazil, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered the local office of Web search company Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) to disclose the data of users of Google's social networking site Orkut accused of crimes like racism or child pornography.
Discussion: Valleywag and 27B Stroke 6
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Steve Rosenbush / Deal Flow:
Alcatel buys Nortel 3G unit  —  Alcatel is continuing its rollup of North American telecom equipment assets.  The French telecom equipment giant, which is in the process of buying U.S. telecom gear leader Lucent Technologies, said Thursday it will acquire the high-speed wireless equipment making assets …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Phishing expedition at heart of AT&T hacking  —  When AT&T said in a press release this week that "unauthorized persons illegally hacked into a computer system and accessed personal data" from thousands of DSL customers, it wasn't telling the whole story.  —  Internal company documents show …
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Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Phishing Phor Phishers
Discussion: digg
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Office Depot to offer $99 PC with $99 shipping  —  The bargain season for back-to-school shopping begins next week, but read the fine print.  —  Office Depot will sell a Hewlett-Packard desktop PC complete with a CRT monitor and printer for $99.  The bundle, which typically sells for $429 …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Erin Biba / Wired News:
Netflix Presents … "Tell us we're brilliant," Mark Duplass says.  He and his brother Jay are standing in front of an audience that's just seen The Puffy Chair, a movie the brothers wrote, directed, produced, and starred in.  Their euphoria is understandable: The indie film they made has finally …
Discussion: TechSpot
AppleInsider:
Intel's Merom to power Apple's next-gen iMacs  —  Apple Computer in September plans to unveil a new line of iMac computers with faster processors and a little surprise to boot, AppleInsider has learned.  —  It will be the third time the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has introduced upgrades …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Partystrands aims to be Last.fm + Digg for the jukebox  —  Partystrands is a music service launching next month that will bring together aggregated recommendations, voting and photos synchronized on location by mobile phone.  Created by the Corvallis, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain based company MyStrands …
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Adjusts Site Results  —  Google slightly adjusted the way they display results when you search for a domain name.  Previously when you searched for e.g. yahoo.com, you received a special one-result-only page that was formatted different from usual results.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Hackers crack Apple, Microsoft music codes  —  In the continuation of a long-running arms race, both Apple Computer and Microsoft have seen their music protection technologies come under fire in recent days.  —  In the past month, separate programs have emerged to strip away the digital rights management …
 
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Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
StoryZOT  —  MacZOT is back with more ambiguity in the form …
Discussion: digg
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Yahoo! Answers Tests New Search Integration Interface
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Samsung breaks 4G barrier
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Google Personalized Search and Bigtable
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Coming To Video Games: Live Ads
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
The New Barbarians  —  Free software.  Bargain chips.  The always-on Internet.
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