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8:30 PM ET, August 14, 2007


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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft discloses security bugs in Vista Gadgets  —  Microsoft's August security patches, released today, provide a new chance to assess the company's promise of higher security in Windows Vista.  The company released six critical security bulletins, and Windows Vista is among the versions affected by three of them.
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:   Microsoft issues 6 'critical' patches
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware's IPO - Insanity turns Silicon Valley back to normal  —  Darling Diary Welcome to The Register's live coverage of VMware's IPO.  The world has gone insane over this sucker, and I'm not one to deny ecstasy.  —  Preamble  —  It's 6 in the morning here in California, and things have turned palpable.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware: EMC Has No Plans To Sell More; Did They Price Too Low?
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
IPO takes VMware investors on a rocket ride
Discussion: PC World and Macsimum News
Dan Warne / APC:
Google launches YouTube-style embeddable maps … First up, if you know how to embed a YouTube video in your blog, you'll be able to embed Google Maps in your website, Google promises.  —  It'll be as simple as cutting and pasting a bit of HTML code into your website, just like a YouTube video.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Adding a Google Map to your blog
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Jason Roth / Apple:
John Lennon Solo Catalog Debuts on iTunes Store  —  Apple® today announced the debut of the John Lennon solo catalog on the iTunes® Store (  Sixteen of Lennon's solo works from EMI Music are available for the first time on iTunes starting today, with the "Lennon Legend" …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Still no Beatles, but Apple adds Lennon
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Facebook *is* opening up  —  And it's starting to happen right now, today in fact.  —  I reported earlier on a new feed in Facebook, allowing notifications to be visible outside the wall.  —  It's getting reallll interesting — I've found some more RSS feeds in Facebook's UI.  —  1. Friends Status Updates.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook Opens Up Their Data Feeds
Market Wire:
Lime Wire to Enter Music Download Market With New Digital Store and Inks Deals With Music Companies  —  Lime Wire LLC, maker of the popular LimeWire file-sharing software, announced today that it will open a digital music store.  —  Initially the store will be a stand-alone website …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
First Google Health Screenshots  —  Google Health, codename "Weaver", is Google's planned health information storage program.  Google's Vice President of Engineering Adam Bosworth lobbies for the program for quite a while now.  Adam said the current US health care system is challenged when it comes to …
UPDATE: Microsoft's Bach Sold Additional Stock Before Xbox News  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones) — Microsoft Corp. executive Robbie Bach sold $3 million more in company stock during the period leading up to an announcement about a costly flaw in its Xbox video game console than previously reported …
MrJolly / MCV:
Nod given to HDD-only 360 titles  —  GAMEFEST: MMO developers permitted to require Xbox hard drive for future titles  —  Owners of Microsoft's basic Core Xbox 360 may soon find themselves unable to play the latest titles following Microsoft's announcement that developers of online MMO games …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use TokBox To Set Up Instant Video Chat  —  TokBox is a new site that we just heard about moments ago.  It's completely live but appears to have been flying under the radar until now.  —  It allows you to set up a video chat channel in seconds.  It instantly and accurately detected …
Matt Martin /
EIF: Home abusers can be turned off and banned, warns Sony  —  Home boss discusses bannings and branding for mature users  —  Peter Edward, director of the Home platform for Sony, has told an audience at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival that users who consistently abuse …
Discussion: TechSpot News, eXophase and Wonderland
Matt Asay / CNET
Adobe mulling a move into the Office market?  —  Wired is suggesting that Adobe Systems may launch a competitor to Microsoft Office.  Not only would this not be surprising (though I see little evidence in the article pointing to the presumption), but if anyone were to do it well, it would be Adobe.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch  —  Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else's hobby.  I hadn't imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version …
Jeff Bennett / Market Wire:
Gay Ad Network Launches With Exclusive Publisher Partners  —  Vertical Ad Network Offers Wide Range of Advertiser Solutions  —  Gay Ad Network, an online vertical advertising network, launched today with support from an influential group of gay and lesbian publishers.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
PSP download store held up by DRM  —  Fans of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) media device must continue to wait for a download store, a feature that experts have said is a must if the player is ever to launch a significant challenge to the iPod.  —  Sony representatives …
Discussion: Technovia
Chris Reidy / Boston Globe:
Home of the bean and the blog  —  Boston has long been viewed as the land of the bean and the cod — and now the Hub may also be the land of the blog.  —  According to, a website that tracks neighborhood blogging, Boston was the "bloggiest city" in America for the two-month period it examined, March and April.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL Launches Mobile Search  —  Google may have won the fixed line search sweepstakes, but mobile search remains an open territory, for anyone to conquer — countless start-ups, Yahoo, Nokia.  Add AOL to the list, which is launching a revamped (beta) version of its mobile search service today.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Buggy ATI Driver Leaves Vista Open to Attack
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New Study Shows that Online Creativity and E-learning Popular with Kids
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Battle over attorneys fees' brewing between RIAA, ex-defendant
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Q&A: MuleSource adopting CPAL
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