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5:35 PM ET, February 1, 2007

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BBC:
Vista has speech recognition hole  —  Microsoft has admitted that speech recognition features in Vista could be hijacked so that a PC tells itself to delete files or folders.  —  Vista can respond to vocal commands and concern has been raised about malicious audio on websites or sent via e-mail.
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the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Issue regarding Windows Vista Speech Recognition  —  Hey everyone this is Adrian and I am writing to try and clear up some concerns regarding a recently reported vulnerability in the Speech Recognition feature of Windows Vista.  An issue has been identified publicly where an attacker could use …
George Ou:
Microsoft confirms Vista Speech Recognition remote execution flaw  —  After my initial reports on the first Vista Remote Exploit, a Microsoft spokesperson responded to me with the following message. … This pretty much confirms what I've been saying all along and I had recommended …
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works  —  We've just received a sound tip that Microsoft is working on its very own phone to be branded under the Zune moniker.  Our tipsters inform us that Microsoft execs are in meetings today hammering out details of the device and developing strategies and timescales for its release.
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Reuters:
Microsoft says Zune executive to leave the company  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - A senior Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile , Research) executive who oversaw the launch of its Zune digital music player plans to leave the company, the world's largest software maker said on Wednesday.
Valleywag:
PAY PER POST: A startup's awful reality  —  The last bubble produced Startup, a painful documentary about hubris and disappointment at a well-funded New York internet venture called Govworks.  On the whole, entrepreneurs are wiser, and more discreet, this cycle.  But not Ted Murphy of Pay Per Post.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Pray per post  —  Last night, I moderated a panel on buzz and marketing at the Always On conference in New York and I started it off by slamming Pay Per Post, the infamous service that pays bloggers to write positive posts about products, and a presentation by the company's president, Ted Murphy.
Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Should Bloggers Create Commercial Content?
Discussion: Dumpster Bust
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Launches Faster New Wireless Broadband Network  —  Verizon Wireless Enhances Wireless Broadband Network with EV-DO Revision A Technology  —  Media Contact Info  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, today announced it is launching …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
What Comes Next  —  As most of you know, today is my last day as a fulltime employee at Microsoft.  It's been an exciting 16+ years and all I can say is that I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in this industry and at Microsoft.  What an incredible chance to work with such a great set of people.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell: Welcoming Back Michael, Merrill Ups Rating To Buy; But Can He Do Miracles?  —  The Street has welcomed back Michael Dell as CEO of Dell (DELL) with open arms.  Not that Michael ever really left; he had remained the company's chairman, and in that role did far more than simply run board meetings.
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Shuman Ghosemajumder / shumans.com:
Why Third-Party Click Fraud Estimates Don't Add Up  —  I want to thank everyone who has written to me with questions since I started blogging about the work we do at Google to protect advertisers against click fraud.  I'll be catching up on some of those questions in the next week …
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Better click tracking with Auto-tagging
Discussion: Digital Markets
Business Wire:
Social Networking Meets Local Search on SuperPages.com  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—SuperPages.com, a product of Idearc Media Corp., today launched Reviewer of the Week as a step towards providing local content within a trusted social networking environment.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google News Broken Just Now  —  When it rains, it pours: Google News presents itself empty to me at the moment.  Search works, but there's just no news on the frontpage.  Reto Meier in the forum says, "This has been happening on and off for about 24hrs.  Very frustrating!"
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Dutch botnet hackers sentenced to time served  —  A Dutch court on Tuesday sentenced two hackers to prison for breaking into millions of computers worldwide and using the hijacked systems in online crimes.  —  The lead perpetrator was sentenced to two years in prison and the accomplice to 18 months …
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Flickr abandons the "old skool"  —  An email dropped into my in-box yesterday from Yahoo.  Titled "Flickr: Update for Old Skool members", the message went on to explain that Yahoo was discontinuing the old email-based Flickr sign-in system and that from March the 15th, all users will be required to have a Yahoo ID to sign-in to Flickr.
Lorne Manly / New York Times:
Brew Tube  —  For the past 26 years, Jim Schumacker has toiled for the marketing machine that is the Anheuser-Busch Companies, doing his part to stoke Americans' cravings for a cool Bud, or a Michelob, or a Bud Light.  Eight of those years were spent overseeing the beer maker's creation …
 
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