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1:55 PM ET, October 14, 2006

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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Microsoft Now Decides to Accept Outside Security for Vista  —  Microsoft Corp. did an about-face yesterday, agreeing to make it easier for customers of its forthcoming Vista operating system to use outside security vendors, such as those who make popular antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
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Microsoft:
Brad Smith Press Conference Transcript: Announcement Regarding Release of Windows Vista in Europe and Korea  —  Transcript of Remarks and Press Conference: Brad Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Microsoft Corporation  —  Announcement Regarding Release of Windows Vista in Europe and Korea
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker and Bink.nu
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
YouTube will stay independent, really!  —  The video site will keep its identity after its $1.65 billion sale to Google is complete, its CEO insists, but 'a lot [needs] to be figured out.'  —  (Fortune) — One gets the feeling that Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the youthful founders of YouTube …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What comes after Who Knew What When  —  Jeff Jarvis is at a conference at Harvard today about the future of news.  —  The LA Times sent its reporters out to find out what its future is.  —  Dan Gillmor says his readers know more than he does, of course they do, this is another way of saying …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Whither news  —  At the Shorenstein Center at Harvard for a 20th anniversary session on the future of news, Prof. Frederick Schauer begins by talking about news as a public good like symphonies, parks, museums, universities — things that are needed but for which there may not be a commercial model of support.
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Update: MSN is latest target of Belgian copyright complaint  —  After Google win, Belgian publishers pursue MSN over the rights to publish content  —  Looking to avoid the kind of legal tangle that Google has found itself in, Microsoft's MSN division in Belgium is in talks …
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Wii preorders incredibly popular: we strike out  —  So it'll be hard to get the PS3 and easy to get the Wii, right?  Yeah, conventional wisdom rocks.  I roll at about 9:00 a.m. since I figure each store will get a decent amount of preorder slots and very few people will be in line.
Discussion: Joystiq and I4U News
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gdrive Client Leaked  —  I've been able to get hold of Google's internal Gdrive client, named "Platypus"* (information on the project leaked a while ago).  Please note that Gdrive, from what it looks like, is not a product for general release, but a way for Google employees to store and share files.
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Anti-piracy system could hurt YouTube  —  LOS ANGELES - A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm any concerns Google Inc. has about spending $1.65 billion on the Internet video site.  But that same technology could hurt YouTube's edgy appeal.
Discussion: Mashable!, 21talks and Slashdot
Mark Ballard / The Register:
Airport to tag passengers  —  Airport security chiefs and efficiency geeks will be able to keep close tabs on airport passengers by tagging them with a high powered radio chip developed at the University of Central London.  —  The technology is to be trialled in Debrecen Airport in Hungary …
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Miguel Carrasco:
Blue Screen of Death Top 10  —  The now infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) has been around since Windows 3.1.  However, by chance, this screen made an appearance back in Windows 1.0!  Have we finally discovered the original origins of this beast!  There are many causes for this error …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
How to Get the Most Out of Technorati's RSS Feeds  —  As I mentioned in a prior post, Technorati has integrated RSS feeds throughout the system.  I can't underscore how invaluable this is.  It's making me smarter about the topics I care about.  Here's a bunch of tips that you might find helpful.
Discussion: edu.blogs.com
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Former Facebook Engineer Spills Beans, Moralizes  —  What's a guy to do after vesting his options and leaving a hot startup?  Tell all!  Well, kinda.  —  I was laid up in bed sick this week, and had the time to read Karel Baloun's Inside Facebook: Life, Work and Visions of Greatness.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Austria  —  Written by Sebastian Moser from Austria and edited by Richard MacManus  —  With 4.6 million internet users (a penetration rate of 56.8%) and a broadband penetration rate of 61.8%, Austria is a little bit above the average for the European Union in internet usage.
menafn.com:
Skype services back on track - Jordan  —  AMMAN — The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has decided to allow Skype services to resume a month after they were blocked.  —  Director of the commission's regulatory department, Al Ansari Al Mashaqbah, confirmed yesterday that the recent decision to block Skype had been reversed.
 
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Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Danger Phone: The Mac Skype Handset
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
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MacNN:
Apple's new iTV universal remote control patent is revealed
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Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
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Nice Character Transfer System, Blizzard
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BetaNews:
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Josh Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
The Future Of Software is Software  —  I just spent an hour catching …
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