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1:55 PM ET, October 19, 2006

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Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Available Now  —  Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.  I encourage everyone to download the final version from http://www.microsoft.com/ie.  —  We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) …
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The beast has awoken; or, The beginning of Web 2.0 … Well, clearly, after cutting my teeth on Spread Firefox, I couldn't simply let the release of IE7, the first major browser upgrade from Microsoft in five years go by unnoticed.  —  I mean, it's a browser release — which on the surface shouldn't be that interesting.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Searching Via Internet Explorer 7 & The Battle To Be The Default Search Engine  —  Now that Internet Explorer 7 has been released in final format, I wanted to look at how search is being handled within the browser.  There's been lots of discussion and worries about this in the past.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7
Discussion: Download Squad and Tech Digest
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Firefox 2.0 or IE7?
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and LiewCF.com
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
A Virtual World but Real Money  —  It has a population of a million.  The "people" there make friends, build homes and run businesses.  They also play sports, watch movies and do a lot of other familiar things.  They even have their own currency, convertible into American dollars.
Discussion: Tech Beat and Official Linden Blog
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Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life's Must-Have Stuff  —  (Editor's note: Some links in this story will "teleport" Second Life residents to locations within the virtual world.  They will be noted with "SLurl" after them.)  —  Second Life residents are spending $7 million a month on digital goods and services.
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
San Francisco Local Politics Derail Free WiFi Project  —  San Francisco land of the nuts and fruits.  I can only say that because I live here and consider many of them my close friends, but if you were a fly on the wall at last night's EarthLink Google WiFi meeting you would know what I mean.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Another Potential Problem With Muni-WiFi: You Need To Deal With Politicians  —  from the no-room-for-pork-in-wifi dept  —  While municipal internet access can be a valid option for providing some form of internet access to residents or businesses where they might not have any other choice …
New York Times:
Music Companies Grab a Share of the YouTube Sale  —  YouTube's young founders may have been the biggest beneficiaries of last week's $1.65 billion deal with Google, but they have some unexpected bedfellows — old-line media companies that had been considered YouTube's biggest legal threat.
Wendy / Wendy's Blog:
FORBIDDING VISTAS: WINDOWS LICENSING DISSERVES THE USER  —  Reading the Windows Vista license is a bit like preparing for breakfast with Lewis Carroll's Red Queen: You should be ready to believe at least six impossible things about what users want from software.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Boing Boing
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Allchin: Vista won't RTM next week  —  The Microsoft countdown clock was wrong.  (Yeah, maybe it's running Windows Vista and blue screened.  Teehee.)  —  Vista is not on track to be released to manufacturing on October 25, according to Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division.
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CRN Breaking News:   Vista, Office 2007 To Launch in NY After Thanksgiving
AppleInsider:
Apple's share of U.S. PC market jumps to 6.1 percent  —  First on AI: Sales of Apple's Macintosh computers over the past twelve month's have grown faster than any other major PC manufacturer, boosting the company's share of the U.S. PC market to 6.1 percent, according to data released by Gartner on Wednesday.
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
YouTube may be the fastest growing website ever!  —  Jay Meattle of the web statistics firm compete has done an interesting analysis of the growth rates of MySpace vs YouTube.  He concludes that YouTube's rate of growth exceeds that of MySpace - i.e. essentially it is more viral!.
Discussion: The Utube Blog
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Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
YouTube vs MySpace Growth: No Contest!
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
What will Apple Do ?  —  While we all wonder what the content companies will do going forward with Google and Youtube, you have to wonder what Apple is thinking and how they will respond.  —  They have to be sitting their with eyes wide open as they watch 3 of the major record labels sign …
Discussion: Apple, Blogging Stocks and rexblog
overstated.net:
Amazon launches answers site  —  Today I received an invite to join a new community at Amazon called Askville: … This site will compete with Yahoo! Answers and Microsoft Q&A in the free question-answering space except that it might be able to leverage the Amazon community of experts.
Tinic Uro / kaourantin.net:
Flash Player 9 for Linux Beta 1  —  To quote someone well known, 'hell froze over' and we finally released a beta of the GNU/Linux version of the Adobe Flash Player 9 (look for the "Linux version" download link).  It did take more to get to this point than you might expect.
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Mike Melanson / Penguin.SWF:
Beta Is Live
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Moscow Music Site Defends Free Downloads  —  A Web site based in Moscow that the United States Commerce Department has branded as the world's highest-volume online seller of pirated music plans to release hundreds of thousands of albums free, the site said.  —  Low prices and ease of use …
Discussion: Techdirt, Mark Evans, Boing Boing and digg
Kyle Orland / Next Generation:
GAMING'S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS  —  Who are the 50 most influential journalists in the U.S games industry?  We decided to find a freelancer crazy enough to compile and write up an actual list.  Be warned, some of the pictures within are of a disturbing nature.
Discussion: You NEWB, Kotaku and Joystiq
Associated Press:
Sony battery recall to hit 9.6 million  —  TOKYO - The number of laptop batteries Sony is recalling will total 9.6 million worldwide, the company said Thursday, shedding more light on the scope of a problem that has rattled confidence in the company's image.
 
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