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4:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to avoid sounding like an monkey  —  A few weeks ago a well-respected developer wrote a blog post about something he called the "social graph."  A graph, to most people, is a diagram like the one on the right, which plots the value of a stock over time.  For 99.99 percent of the people this is what a graph is.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Thank you, Dave Winer  —  I tried to ignore the term "social graph" when it first started popping up a few weeks ago.  For one thing, it sounded like some sort of embarrassing disease; for another, the idea of having to figure out some arcane new Web 2.0 term was depressing.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Mark Veverka / Barron's Online:
Google Could Trip Over the Mortgage Mess  —  IS GOOGLE TRULY IMMUNE TO THE SUBPRIME-MORTGAGE MORASS?  —  Ever since Google (ticker: GOOG) whiffed on its second-quarter earnings, fans and critics alike have been entertaining this critical question.  —  Critics such as Barron's Roundtable …
Discussion: Internet Outsider and Mashable!
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
The XP alternative for Vista PCs  —  update While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.  —  The program applies …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft giving Vista Business / Ultimate users 'downgrade' to XP option  —  It's no shock that Windows Vista isn't, shall we say, universally loved, and it's also unsurprising that a plethora of businesses have voiced their preference to keep on runnin' their operations on Windows XP.
Datamonitor / Computer Business Review:
Less Than 2 Percent of UK Companies Have Upgraded to Vista
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog and Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Google to Envelope All Knowledge on November 5th, 2007  —  Michael Arrington has convinced several high level sources to disclose discussion at a top secret Google meeting where the company discussed plans to release on November 5th a new set of APIs.  Those APIs will make access to the data …
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Sony PSP Vaults Past Nintendo DS in Japan  —  This is why Sony may yet rule the console-verse in spite of all its missteps and bungled first-gen games and cynical press.  Because pretty much out of the blue, a game like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII can come along in the right market (Japan) …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Symantec issues bogus warning of full-scale Internet meltdown  —  False alarm result of 'product testing,' says company an hour later  —  Symantec Corp.'s early warning system gave its enterprise customers a brief scare late Friday when it erroneously sent an alert that said an Internet-crippling attack was in progress.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Techmeme and Google Shared Stuff: WTF?  —  Update:  —  It seems to be gone from Techmeme now — but still.  Very weird.  —  Original post:  —  Tony Hung at Deep Jive Interests has mentioned this too, but I'm not sure whether the problem is Techmeme's or something that has gone squirrely with Google's Shared Reader.
Discussion: Hightouch
Bkp / The Pirate Bay:
TPB files charges against media companies  —  Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.
Discussion: Techdirt, Slyck, Valleywag and Digg
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
PirateBay Fires a Broadside of Complaints to Police
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Impact on the Widget Economy  —  Last night I attended a technology event, Refresh DC.  Refresh DC provides local companies with the opportunity to speak for an hour about a topic of their choice.  Last night's event was sponsored by Clearspring and the topic of discussion was widgets.
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Open Source Is the Big Disruptor  —  Continued acceptance will drive down prices and force proprietary software vendors to change their business model.  —  Gartner declared open-source software the biggest disruptor the software industry has ever seen and postulated it will eventually result …
Discussion: The Open Road
PR Newswire:
DEMOfall 07 Conference Releases List of Participating Demonstrators  —  DEMOfall 07 Logo.  Event produced by Network World Events & Executive Forums.  (PRNewsFoto/NETWORK WORLD EVENTS)  —  SOUTHBOROUGH, MA UNITED STATES  —  69 Innovations to Debut at Conference
Discussion: Valleywag
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Presenting: µBitTorrent  —  If you use torrents frequently, then you'll remember December 7, 2006, as a day that will live on in infamy, a day that teh Interwebs broke in half—just a little.  That was the day that BitTorrent, Bram Cohen's torrent progenitor, announced it had bought µTorrent …
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
 
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