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12:30 PM ET, November 10, 2006

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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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another committee takes the "soul" out of Robert Fripp  —  Alec Saunders notes that there's not much of Robert Fripp inside the audio in Windows Vista (he was the guitarist who recorded the four notes that you'll soon be sick of.  They'll probably be used in all the marketing and are the startup sound for Vista).
Discussion: Glass House
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 …
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.
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 ?
CNET News.com:
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Zune Challenges iPod  —  Player Could Lure Converts,  —  But It Makes Compromises  —  And Is Missing Some Features  —  Next week, Microsoft Corp. will launch the most serious challenge ever mounted to Apple Computer's iPod and iTunes juggernaut in digital music.
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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.
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
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 dailywireless.org
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" …
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox HD DVD hands-on  —  Well looky looky here, we landed an Xbox HD DVD drive.  We're already all well aware of what it can and can't do; we just know you want the pics of the unboxing, it sitting next to the Xbox, and maybe a few bonus shots next to a real life HD DVD player.
Discussion: digg
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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.  —  Grouper.com, acquired last August by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is offering snippets from 100 Sony films …
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Slashdot Posting Bug Infuriates Haggard Admins  —  Last night we crossed over 16,777,216 comments in the database.  The wise amongst you might note that this number is 2^24, or in MySQLese an unsigned mediumint.  Unfortunately, like 5 years ago we changed our primary keys in the comment table …
 
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Globalstar GSP-1700 satphone also loaded with EV-DO
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Google's Marissa Mayer: Speed wins
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Judge Grants Marie Lindor's Motion to Amend Answer to Add Affirmative …
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Jonathan Berr / PaidContent:
Pressure Building on NYTCO From Morgan Stanley; Wall Street Sees Sale as Unlikely
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype 3.0 — New Feature Guide....
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live email addresses start to become available [Updated]
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sanyo unveils TV tuner-equipped NV-SD10DT GPS
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Linksys introduces CIT310 DECT phone with Yahoo! inside
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Word of my mouth
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike makes move on music, video and now mobile media: Buys Fotodunk
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Robot Identifies Human Flesh As Bacon
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