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9:05 PM ET, October 26, 2006


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Wil Harris /
Microsoft clarifies Vista activation to bit-tech hacks  —  Microsoft today talked to bit-tech in a bid to reassure the enthusiast community about the licensing terms of Windows Vista.  —  We previously read that Vista could prove to be a nightmare for enthusiasts who upgrade often …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Welcome to Our New Team Blog!  —  Welcome to the new and improved Windows Vista blog.  A few months back, I pushed our team to bring the blog from the blogging Dark Ages into something a little more modern.  The blog back then wasn't quite doing the job.  Postings were infrequent, and the site wasn't particularly helpful.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A New Campaign Tactic: Manipulating Google Data  —  If things go as planned for liberal bloggers in the next few weeks, searching Google for "Jon Kyl," the Republican senator from Arizona now running for re-election, will produce high among the returns a link to an April 13 article from The Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly.
Tris Hussey / The Tucows Blog:
Annecdotes from Jason Calacanis on Weblogs Inc. and blogging  —  Jason Calacanis, love him or hate him, is a poster boy for making money from blogs.  Weblogs Inc, now owned by AOL-TimeWarner of course, is one of those storied parts of the blogosphere.  I think (I hope) there is going to be …
Discussion: Halley's Comment
Nick / Rough Type:
Larry Ellison and the business of social production  —  As open-source software programs mature and become commercial products, the work of developing them naturally shifts, to one degree or another, from the original community of unpaid volunteers to professional programmers who are employed …
Team Vox:
Happy Vox Launch Day!  —  It's been a long time in the making, but the day of the official Vox launch is here.  —  Drawing Vox by Marc John … In anticipation for this event, we asked all of you guys to share what aspect you most appreciate or like about Vox.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Vox Lifts Off and You'll Love It  —  Six Apart announced last night the launch of its newest social networking site, Vox (Vox announcement here).  The company that owns LiveJournal, Moveable Type and Typepad has done a lot of things right with this new site.
Discussion: seattleduck
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Browser Faceoff  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  The last few weeks have been packed with browser action and the two market leaders, Internet Explorer and Firefox, have launched major new versions.  So to round out our recent browser coverage …
Michael Calore / Wired News:
A Tale of Two Web Browsers
Discussion: digg
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CEO sets open source Java time frame  —  San Francisco (InfoWorld) - SAN FRANCISCO — Demonstrating a perhaps more aggressive path than anticipated, Sun Microsystems is set to announce the open-sourcing of the core Java platform within 30 to 60 days, Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Internal Company Goals  —  A company paper* Google published internally earlier this year and which I got hold of outlined some of Google's big goals and directions for 2006.  The list included several items, for example:  — Google wants to have an improved infrastructure to make their engineers more productive.
Joe / Techdirt:
Is The Next YouTube?  —  from the  dept  —  With online video being so hot this year, one company that's getting attention is MLB Advanced Media, better known as, the official site of Major League Baseball.  The league's done far more to use the internet …
Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:   Baseball's (on-line) field of dreams
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My thoughts about Zune vs. iPod  —  So, you've seen the Zune video.  Here's my thoughts about whether Microsoft is going to be successful.  —  I'll come at it from a number of different angles:  —  THE FUNDAMENTALS  —  Box design: good.  As good as iPod.  —  Look and feel and overall hardware quality: good.
Discussion: Between the Lines and CrunchGear
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Cellphone Costs $1,275.  In Love Yet?  —  Want to have some real fun the next time you're in a room with geeks and gadget freaks?  Here are two words that when uttered aloud will not only get their attention, but set off hyperventilation, pupil dilation and drooling: " Apple phone."
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 2.0 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs  —  Dans "mozilla and firefox", jeudi, le 26 octobre 2006, à 10:54 AM EST.  —  <br>For those of you who somehow missed the news, the long-awaited release of Firefox 2.0 is finally here, and so are optimized builds!
Roy Furchgott / New York Times:
Phones for That Other System  —  MAKING phone calls using voice-over-Internet protocol seems not only inexpensive, but so very modern.  Known by the zippy acronym VoIP (rhymes with practically nothing), it lets you make voice calls over the Internet to anywhere in the world for pennies; no old-fashioned phone company required.
John Oates / The Register:
AllofMP3 hit by Danish court ruling  —  Much reviled Russian music site has been hit by a Danish court ruling which forces internet service provider Tele2 to block access to the site.  —  The Copenhagen City court ruled that Tele2 must do its best to ensure its subscribers cannot access the site.
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