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2:55 PM ET, November 10, 2006


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Allchin Suggests Vista Won't Need Antivirus  —  During a telephone conference with reporters yesterday, outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system's …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another committee takes the "soul" out of Robert Fripp
Discussion: Glass House
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Judge orders RIAA to justify its piracy charges  —  $750 for a 75 cent song is taking the Wii  —  A US COURT is forcing the Recording Industry of America to explain why it charges people it catches pirating $750 a single rather than the 70 cents they flog them to retailers for.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Start-Ups, Web Success on the Cheap  —  When Seth J. Sternberg and two colleagues started Meebo, a Web-based instant-messaging service, they didn't go looking for venture capitalists.  Using their credit cards, they financed the company themselves to the tune of $2,000 apiece.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blog Pimpin  —  Blogs, uhh, good God, what are they good for.....  (sung to the tune of the song War)...  Has anyone noticed lately that more blogs posts are about other blogs, which are writing about whats being reported in other blogs than about something original from the author ?
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
"Music Only" for your iTunes playlists  —  In my MacBreak Weekly capacity as Vice-President in Charge of Digging Pointless Ratholes™, I recently mentioned some tricks that I use to create better playlists in iTunes.  One of these tricks — which is an oldie, and which I'm certain …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
The Dress Code Is Relaxed, but the Courting Is Intense  —  Dozens of the world's biggest media moguls and investment bankers, dressed in perfectly pressed suits, mingled in the lobby of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan yesterday at the annual FourSquare conference.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Kevin Maney
Nick / Rough Type:
More blogs, less weight  —  One thing struck me as I read through the latest State of the Blogosphere report from Technorati boss David Sifry.  It wasn't that the total number of blogs in the known world had leapt once again, to something like 837.4 trillion.
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
ESA Threatens Kotaku  —  Last month someone created a genius T-shirt that put a gamer's spin on the age old "yo mamma" bag.  The shirt read "Your Mom's Rated E for Everyone."  Who wouldn't think that's friggin hilarious.  The ESA, that's who.  —  Earlier this week the Entertainment Software Association sicced their lawyers on us.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New AdWords Algorithm Kicks In; Google Advertisers Upset  —  Earlier this week, we reported that Google will be launching a new landing page quality score algorithm for AdWords ranking and pricing.  It has now been released and Google AdWords advertisers are speaking up.
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Google... the OS for Advertising  —  Traditional media companies are in a persistent state of confusion when it comes to Google.  The question that keeps these media executives up at night is... is Google a friend or a foe?  If recent conversations I've had with such executives are any indication …
New York Times:
Brands Produce Their Own Shows  —  Marketers have found a new way to try to keep viewers from tuning out: offer them TV shows, movies and online programming created by the marketers themselves, often with help from their advertising agencies.  —  These new offerings, the marketers hope …
Discussion: Beet.TV and CrunchGear
Google Blogoscoped:
New Gmail Features  —  There are a couple of new Gmail features being currently rolled out:  — A design change replaces the "show details" option pane with a dropdown menu at the top right, which now also includes a "Reply" button.  It's interesting to see how close this button …
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live email addresses start to become available [Updated]  —  It seems as though @live email addresses are going to become a lot more common, as registrations for the domain open.  We don't expect to become available anytime soon, most likely not until Windows Live Mail gets branded …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Oh, the emails you'll get...  A management consultant at Bain wrote me a nice email, that included the following sentence: … I didn't understand a thing he wrote.  The email contained a lot of words ("benchmarking," "outside in," "performance metrics," "best practice," "process and organization" …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Wink Now Searches MySpace, LinkedIn and Beebo  —  Social search site Wink released a new feature called People Search this weekend and I think it's going to be a big move for the company.  Wink People Search searches over the user profiles of MySpace, LinkedIn and Beebo.
Discussion: Mashable! and
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Globalstar GSP-1700 satphone also loaded with EV-DO
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