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9:55 AM 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 …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
The Sounds of Windows Vista  —  When you try the RTM version of Windows Vista, you will notice that something changed between the last release candidate and the final product — we added new sounds to the 45 places where Windows provides an audio cue to the user, including a new Windows Vista Start …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista system sounds  —  When Robert Fripp worked his magic on Windows Vista, everyone knew Vista is going to sound different and hopefully better.  Now that Vista is literally peeking around the corner, not that it's possible for a software to peek or even exist in the physical world …
Paul Marks / NewScientistTech:
ISPs 'should be responsible' for hacker attacks  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) should be made legally liable for the damage caused by "denial of service" (DoS) attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.  —  A DoS attack involves taking down a website …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Copyright eased for clips offered by Grouper  —  Film clips featuring stars such as Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz can now be shared online without violating copyright law.  —, acquired last August by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is offering snippets from 100 Sony films …
What the Democrats' win means for tech  —  update It was the narrowest of Republican margins in the U.S. Senate that doomed a crucial vote on Net neutrality earlier this year.  —  By an 11-11 tie, a GOP-dominated committee failed in June to approve rules requiring that all Internet traffic …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Review roundup: Pogue and Mossberg on the Zune experience  —  After having already seen photo galleries, video walkthroughs, and endless spec sheets focused on Microsoft's upcoming Zune player, there's no real need to hear Walt Mossberg's and David Pogue's take on the attempted iPod-assassin …
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK:
Skype 3.0 (beta) starts the communication platform wars.  —  This week saw the launch of Skype 3.0 (beta) and on the surface there is very little new to get excited about other than a new plug-in manager.  The real changes in this new version seem to have taken place under the hood where Skype …
Discussion: Skype Blogs and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ReviewMe Launches: A Better PayPerPost  —  ReviewMe, which is a PayPerPost-like service that pays bloggers to write about advertisers' products, just launched moments ago.  The company is backed by TechCrunch-sponsor Text-Link-Ads, which was recently acquired.  —  ReviewMe has a somewhat different model that PayPerPost.
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.
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 ?
David / Blogging Pro:
Optimize to Four Seconds or Lose Visitors  —  It looks like four seconds is considered the average cut-off mark now for getting something readable on the screen of your visitors, before they stop waiting and move on, so optimizing your site is ever more important, even with the adoption …
More than Half of Top 25 U.S. Web Properties Generate More Traffic from Outside the U.S. than from Within  —  Lion's Share of Visitors to Top 5 U.S. Web Properties - Yahoo!, Time Warner, Microsoft, Google and eBay - Come from Outside the U.S.  —  comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age …
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" …
Mike / Techdirt:
Google Sued Over Google Video... Details Missing  —  from the who-did-what-to-who-now?  dept  —  For all the hand-wringing and conspiracy theories over Google getting sued for its own Google Video offering or YouTube's offering infringing on someone's copyright, it appears that something …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Alvey, Calacanis Sell Blogsmith To AOL; Cuban Had Stake  —  Brian Alvey and Jason Calacanis confirm that they have sold software company Blogsmith to AOL for an undisclosed sum; Valleywag, which reported the sale first, puts it at $4-5 million.  When Weblogs Inc. was sold to AOL last year …
Scoop: Weblogs Inc. owners sell Blogsmith to AOL
Discussion: digg
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike makes move on music, video and now mobile media: Buys Fotodunk  —  You've been hearing a lot about iLike lately, and they have more coming.  —  It's a fresh a way of seeing a list of the music your friends are listening to, and to get recommendations on independent artists based on your tastes (we wrote about it here).
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Jonathan Berr / PaidContent:
Pressure Building on NYTCO From Morgan Stanley; Wall Street Sees Sale as Unlikely
Discussion: Virtual Economics
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype 3.0 — New Feature Guide....
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Slashdot Posting Bug Infuriates Haggard Admins
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
"Music Only" for your iTunes playlists
Discussion: digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sanyo unveils TV tuner-equipped NV-SD10DT GPS
Discussion: InstaGPS
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
"Hello, I'm a PC." "And I'm pursuing other interests."
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Boxbe: Get a Cut of Your Email Spam
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
France's Evadeo GPS device shows footpaths, bike trails
Discussion: InstaGPS
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Linksys introduces CIT310 DECT phone with Yahoo! inside
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Word of my mouth
John Brownlee / Table of Malcontents:
Robot Identifies Human Flesh As Bacon
Discussion: Tech_Space, digg and Slashdot
Justin / Justinsomnia:
Lou Reed 2.0  —  Jonathan Miller, CEO of AOL, introduces Lou Reed …
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites:
Kevin Rose: Digg's Speed Record, Flash Kit and New Features
Paul Tulloch / Wired News:
Supercomputing's Next Revolution
Discussion: Inside eWEEK Labs and Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
On Universal Music Group's Zune Tax