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5:13 AM ET, October 13, 2006


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Microsoft Partners to Offer New Windows Vista-Ready Products for Holidays  —  Windows Vista logo program designed to help encourage compatibility and performance in partner software and hardware.  —  Today at DigitalLife 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the holiday availability of PCs …
Gregg Keizer / TechWeb:
Vista Licenses Limit OS Transfers, Ban VM Use  —  Microsoft has released licenses for the Windows Vista operating system that dramatically differ from those for Windows XP in that they limit the number of times that retail editions can be transferred to another device and ban …
Discussion: TechSpot, Open Sources and Slashdot
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Virtual PC 2007 Beta: Free and Available Now
Discussion: Teching It Easy and MSDN Blogs
Palm Unveils New Slim, Sleek Treo Smartphone  —  MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:  —  For people who are ready to move up to a full-featured mobile phone that includes everything needed to stay organized, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:   Hands-on with the Treo 680  —  It was a total mob scene …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Live from Palm's Treo announcement at DigitalLife
Discussion: Everything TypePad
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Google faces copyright fight over YouTube  —  Dick Parsons, the chairman and chief executive of Time Warner, fired a shot across the bows of Google, saying his group would pursue its copyright complaints against the video sharing site  —  Google paid $1.6bn for YouTube …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Oprah and Bono to unveil Product Red iPod nano tomorrow  —  Exclusive: Activist and rock singer Bono, with help from Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities, is partnering with Apple Computer on a red-colored iPod to promote his new charity aimed at battling AIDS, AppleInsider has learned.
Jonathan Lumb /
Xbox 360 granted Good Design Award  —  A truly international design wins over Japan's judges.  —  Japan's Good Design Awards are handed out each year to well-designed products across a wide range of industries.  Past winners in the game industry have included Nintendo's DS lite and Game Boy micro and Sony's PlayStation 2 and PSP.
IceWeasel - Why Proprietary Software Will Always Win Out  —  Recently I came across a news article that made me stop and check the source — I was sure I must have stumbled on to the Onion or BBSpot.  But no, this is really happening.  FireFox isn't "open source" enough, and thus IceWeasel was born …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple MacBook owners organizing class action lawsuit  —  Owners of Apple Computer's new 13-inch MacBook notebooks, whose systems are plagued by intermittent shutdown issues, have become fed up with extended repair times and inadequate resolutions to the problem, and are now organizing a class action lawsuit against the Mac maker.
Aaron Wall / SEO
Announcing ReviewMe!  —  In April I mentioned that I wanted to create some sort of a social network.  I left that description intentionally broad such as to not tip my hand too much.  But the idea was a social ad network.  —  I had a good idea, but hate the idea of having employees and running a company.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Andy Hagans / Link Building Blog:
EXCLUSIVE: Announcing ReviewMe!!
Discussion: TechCrunch
Microsoft Acquires Colloquis to Enhance User Interactions Online  —  Uses include customer self-service, enterprise information access, marketing and community outreach.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has acquired privately owned Colloquis Inc., a provider of conversational online business solutions …
Discussion: BeyondVC
Nick / Rough Type:
United States vs. Google  —  Every era of computing has its defining antitrust case.  In 1969, at the height of the mainframe age's go-go years, the Justice Department filed its United States vs. IBM lawsuit, claiming that Big Blue had an unfair monopoly over the computer industry.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft and Adobe developer/designer death match  —  I was just adding stuff to my linkblog, cause we missed our plane to Greensboro (got another one that leaves at 1 p.m., we'll be spending the night in Chicago) and I saw a couple of things that got me to write about the coming Microsoft/Adobe developer/designer death match.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and JD on EP
Asack / A Sack of Seattle:
What's been hard at Judy's Book  —  Following up on my post yesterday, below are answers to the question of what's been harder than expected at Judy's Book.  —  Achieving critical mass in local  —  Momentum in any one location doesn't transfer to others - you have to fight the same fight over and over.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Book Review: Beyond Java  —  Programmers under the age of thirty probably don't realize why Aged Senile Programmers like me are so slow to adopt exciting new programming languages the day they come out, and why we roll our eyes at hip bandwagon ideas that sell books and consulting engagements …
Ryan Naraine /
How Do You Secure 100 Million Laptops?  —  If the plan is perfectly executed, Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project will deploy 100 million laptops in the first year.  In one fell swoop, the nonprofit organization will create the largest computing monoculture in history.
Discussion: Slashdot
Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
Looking Sharp  —  How many startups show me their stuff, and I think: Maybe that's interesting, but I'll never use it.  (Answer: Most of them.)  —  It was almost unsettling, then, when Sharpcast CEO Gibu Thomas put me through the paces of his product demo.  I could think of numerous situations when I needed something just like it.
Discussion: down the avenue
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