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5:05 AM ET, October 15, 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
Newlaunches.com:
McDonalds gives MP3 players infected with spyware as prizes  —  If it is not lawsuits then there is virus infected MP3 players, the fast food giant is always in the news.  It all started in August when McDonalds Japan in association with Coca Cola announced a contest, where a MP3 player …
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' to begin selling real names  —  For anyone who has used the virtual world "Second Life," the last names Gjellerup, Godel or Stapovic probably mean a lot more than their real last names.  —  That's because historically, "Second Life" users have had to choose names from an ever-changing …
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 …
John.Eberly / John Eberly's Geek Blog:
World's worst use of a jpeg.  —  A jpeg is good for a lot of things, but a live data feed is not one of them.  In fact it might be violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  —  The Seattle Fire Department has been hosting a live html feed of the latest 911 calls to the Seattle Fire Department.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Techdirt lets companies contact expert bloggers — discreetly — for advice  —  There is a lot going on at the Office 2.0 Conference this week, and we point to Rafe Needleman's blog overview.  He has blogged the main points, and describes the companies that are worthy of mention.
Discussion: BeyondVC, Techdirt, Kevin Maney and digg
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Did venture firm Sevin Rosen orchestrate snow job?  —  Last Saturday, we wrote a piece about the decision by Sevin Rosen Funds, a big-name venture capital firm, to bag plans to raise another fund.  The firm cited "terrible" investment conditions.  —  The rarity of the move suggested significance …
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Mihai / persistent.info:
Google Reader Redux  —  The new version of Reader has been out there long enough (and is now stable enough) that I have some time to catch my breath and make this post (my post-launch post last year came only a couple of days after the big announcement).  I've jotted down some of my thoughts …
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 …
Bluelinden / Official Linden Blog:
Grid closed while permissions bug is addressed  — My bad, just realized that the correct term is not Exploit, but Bug, so I am updating the title of the blog to reflect that.  Sorry!  [10:55 am PDT] Brent sure is swift of foot.  Final testing is underway and we should be able to post …
IFPI News:
Digital is driving first half world music sales  —  Digital sales up 106% the first six months of 2006; total music sales down 4%  —  Sales of digital music in the first half of 2006 rose 106% to US$945 million when compared with the first six months of last year.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
STAReBOOK e-book reader to hit China, US next month  —  We're still not sure exactly how successful this whole eBook thing will be.  That said, if you believe Sony, "overwhelming demand" delayed the release of the PRS-500 until November, meaning that surely people will be rushing the streets to get their paws on an eBook.
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
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: Lifehacker and edu.blogs.com
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
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
Is Zango stealing affiliate commissions from adult webmasters?  —  It seems that Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, the company we all love to hate, has royally ticked off a bunch of adult webmasters.  Paperghost, aka Chris Boyd, has the story, complete with links to forums …
Discussion: JD on EP
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Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Anyone know what the deal is with Zango and all these angry Adult Webmasters?
 
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Murder case rocks little community of Opensourceville
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What's the mission of the law reviews?
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Reflections: Ballmer, Parsons, Carr on why GooTube is too big
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