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1:05 AM ET, November 7, 2006


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Spaceland is Live!  —  The next major release of Virtual Earth is out the door and flowing to our production app server cluster.  It should be live as you read this, but if you try it out and it appears to be the previous version wait a minute or 2 and refresh your browser to load the latest.
Microsoft Adds 3-D City Models to Live Search  —  Microsoft Virtual Earth platform powers Live Search and provides a more immersive mapping experience for consumers, enterprises and developers.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced U.S. availability of Virtual Earth™ 3D …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Live Local In 3-D  —  Tomorrow Microsoft will bring dramatic 3-D mapping to the browser window.  Windows Live is set to launch photorealistic 3-D imagery for the "urban core" of 15 U.S. cities: San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix …
Microsoft mapping goes 3D  —  Microsoft on Monday unveiled a new, downloadable browser application that brings the photorealism and maneuverability of gaming into its online mapping and local search service.  —  In Virtual Earth 3D, which is part of Microsoft's Live Search, users can "fly" …
Discussion: reBang weblog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Virtual Earth - Now in 3D and With Billboards
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Rory / Channel 9:
Duncan Lawler - Virtual Earth 3D: What. How. Why.
Discussion: Microsoft 10 and
Robert McLaws /
Woo Hoo! TV Shows on Xbox Live!
2007 Microsoft Office System Is Golden  —  2007 Office system released to manufacturers; the company looks ahead to worldwide business availability.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the completion of the 2007 Microsoft® Office system code and confirmed its release to manufacturing (RTM).
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Office goes gold. Here come the tools
Discussion: TechBlog
Tom Espiner / CNET
Wikipedia used to spread malicious code  —  A Wikipedia page has been used by hackers in an attempt to spread malicious code.  —  The entry for the MSBlast worm in the German version of the popular online encyclopedia was altered to include false information about a new version of the Lovesan/MSBlast worm …
Sharon Khare / India:
Wikipedia Hijacked to Spread Malware
TiVo Package Payment Plans (Includes TiVo DVR and Service): Monthly or Prepay  — Unless otherwise stated, TiVo Package Payment Plans include an 80-Hour TiVo® Series2™ DVR, included as part of the price of the package, and a subscription to the TiVo Service for one combined fee (a "TiVo Package").
Darren Murph / Engadget:
TiVo raises rates, limits WPA to own WiFi adaptor
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Adobe partners with Mozilla by open sourcing a core part of the Flash Player  —  Adobe is announcing a very interesting partnership with the Mozilla Foundation today.  Adobe has been good about dipping its toes into the open source waters with a lot of their ActionScript 3 API releases and the free Flex 2 SDK.
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Beginner's Guide to Digg  —  If you have ever felt like you had to dig around the Internet for good content, you might want to look at something called Digg (  Digg is a site that will help you avoid the process of digging and instead, get exactly what others have dug …
Discussion: digg
Muhammad Saleem / The Blog Herald:   The Digg Economy: Socialist Bookmarking
NTP slaps Palm with patent infringement suit  —  NTP, the company behind the epic patent infringement lawsuit against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, is now going after Palm.  —  In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on Monday, NTP asserted that Palm's products, services …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube is Time's Invention of the Year  —  Everyone has been surprised with YouTube's near-exponential growth since its launch in February 2005.  Now Time Magazine is recognizing that success, naming YouTube their "Invention of the Year".  The phenomenon that gave birth to lonelygirl15 …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Jeremiah headed to Podtech!  —  This is a bittersweet post, it's also a bit awkward as I'm traveling on vacation right now through Asia.  I'm currently in Hong Kong but have some important news to share...  Deployed Social Media  —  Over the last year, I've been very thankful …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Laughing Squid
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Interview with Adam Lasnik of Google  —  Spotlight on Search - Interview with Google's Adam Lasnik  —  One of the fun things about being involved with the search marketing industry is getting to meet really bright and interesting people.  Whether they are long time SEO gurus …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
8 killer Windows Media Center plug-ins  —  Just as extensions make Firefox better, so do plug-ins add extra goodness to the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system (MCE).  —  For the uninitiated, MCE provides DVR and other multimedia features wrapped in an attractive 10-foot interface.
Discussion: PVR Wire and digg
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
More Vloggies Vids . . .  Everybody and I mean everybody was packing a video camera at the Vloggies on Saturday night.  Irina Slutsky, co-host and the prime organizer of the event, started off by telling people that "No videoing was allowed."  It brought the house down.
Kenneth Li / Reuters Blogs:
CBS stages open call for tech entrepreneurs  —  Veteran dealmaker Quincy Smith has joined CBS Corp. as president of CBS Interactive.  Reuters caught up with the 35-year-old executive, who returns to an operations role after spending the last few years negotiating deals at media …
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Workday begins its work day
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Broadlogic, Cable's Secret Weapon
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to run Gmail locally on a Pocket PC
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Microsoft To Enter VoIP World
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Mashery API Management Service is Open For Business
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox Interactive Launches Desktop/Website Widget Platform
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