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7:00 AM ET, October 27, 2006

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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Vista license transfers not as restrictive as initially reported  —  Those of you planning on upgrading to Windows Vista in January — and yes, despite the supposed delay in shipments to hardware manufacturers, the commercial version of the OS is still on track for the stated rollout …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and DigiTimes
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Wil Harris / bit-tech.net:
Microsoft clarifies Vista activation to bit-tech hacks
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Welcome to Our New Team Blog!
Pat McCarthy / Conversion Rater:
Blog Audience Measurement at the Blog Business Summit  —  Being a guy very interested in web analytics, I made it a point to see the Blog Audience Measurement session here at the Blog Business Summit.  The focus is on how we qualify and quantify our efforts blogging or for advertisers sponsoring blogs.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The New Media Audience Measurement Business Model Conundrum
Discussion: Futuristic Play and Message
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pando Moves Beyond Email File Sharing  —  New York based Pando has been breaking away from the P2P file sharing pack, which we reviewed in late August.  They claim over 1.5 million downloads of their client software, and move up to 20 TB of data per day between users.  —  Pando is very easy to use.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports First Quarter Earnings  —  Microsoft delivers double digit revenue growth  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced first quarter revenue of $10.81 billion for the period ended September 30, 2006, an 11% increase over the same quarter of the prior year.
David Galbraith:
The Obvious Corp - Evan and Biz take back Odeo  —  The greening of The Valley, why sustainable companies matter.  —  Evan williams and Biz Stone have taken back Odeo from its backers to form part of a company focused on innovation through multiple products, rather than exit.
Consumerist:
No iPod, Soap!  —  We've all heard of iPod's vaunted "clean design," but this is ridiculous.  —  Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Smalldog.com.  Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
Google and the Gradient  —  For a long time it seemed like everything I heard about Google was even cooler than the last.  Wow, it's a great search engine!  Wow, they're not sleazy like other companies!  Wow, they treat their hackers well!  Wow, they are hackers!
Discussion: Epeus' epigone
Hitwise US:
Second Life Takes Off, Gains Interest of Older Generation  —  Last week Reuters announced it opened a bureau inside the multiplayer game Second Life.  This continues a trend of real-world companies joining Second Life - currently Adidas, Reebok, Toyota, Nissan, IBM and Starwood Hotels are among …
Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
From the Gears of War Hollywood launch party  —  12AM PST on a Wednesday night.  Most people are sleeping, but on Santa Monica Boulevard Microsoft is busing in gamers for the Gears of War launch party.  After a truck ride to the crypt and playing a couple of multiplayer rounds I had a conversation …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, Go Nintendo, You NEWB and digg
BBC:
'Tower of Babel' translator made  —  A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists.  —  Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Simon Pope / Apple:
BMG Japan Catalog Now Available on the iTunes Store  —  Top J-Pop & International Artists Including Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Seamo, Sukima Switch & Suga Shikao Now on iTunes  —  BMG Japan and Apple® today announced the availability of top Japanese and international artists …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
On the Hill and in Court, a Shootout Over Ratings  —  Video game violence has long been a target for politicians, lawyers and parent groups concerned that the slashings and shootouts were having a negative effect on young gamers.  —  It was for that reason that the game industry established …
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!
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.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
MacBook Pros also shipping with secret draft-N cards  —  So it looks like Apple's engineers decided to throw another little treat into the latest generation of MacBook Pros along with those zippy new Core 2 Duo processors — just like the recently spec-bumped iMacs, these Merom-powered MBPs also feature a dormant 802.11n wireless card.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple sneaks draft 802.11n card into MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo
Discussion: MacRumors
Seth Sutel / MSNBC:
Blind Web surfers sue Target  —  Suit alleges that the retailer's Web site is inaccessible for visually impaired  —  NEW YORK - "Links list dialogue."  "Links list view."  "Your Account - Two of 164."  —  This is what the Internet sounds like to Chris Danielsen.  —  Danielsen is blind.
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia 870 surfaces in the wild?
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture (Part Five)
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How to Generate High Quantities of Content for Your Blog
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony continues to expand GPS line with NV-U51
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EFF: Breaking News:
EFF Releases Bloggers' Guide for Investigating Government Agencies
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Why mobile data centers matter
Valleywag:
Dell 'Ad' Designed to Infect OpenWorld Attendees
ubuntu.com:
Canonical Launches New Ubuntu Release for Desktops and Servers
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Lifehacker:
DIY magnetic power connector
John Oates / The Register:
AllofMP3 hit by Danish court ruling
Discussion: Techdirt
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Leak: Google Reorg and AdSense for Audio
Blog Business Summit:
Jason Calacanis: From Weblogs To Netscape
Neville Hobson / NevilleHobson.com:
The irreverance of Second Life
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My thoughts about Zune vs. iPod
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Ripe in Cupertino: an Apple with 8 cores
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Larry Ellison and the business of social production