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11:20 AM ET, October 22, 2007


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John Sullivan / Mossblog:
Free My Phone  —  Suppose you own a Dell computer, and you decide to replace it with a Sony.  You don't have to get the permission of your Internet service provider to do so, or even tell the provider about it.  You can just pack up the old machine and set up the new one.
AT&T, Napster To Unveil Direct Mobile Music Download
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook: Who needs Google?  Facebook's stealth ad system  —  Facebook, in the midst of a high-stakes negotiation over its future, has just dramatically upped the ante.  How?  The social network is quietly starting to promote its long-rumored ad-targeting system — under a clever costume.
John Markoff / New York Times:
As Apple Gains PC Market Share, Jobs Talks of a Decade of Upgrades  —  It may have dropped the word "computer" from its name, but Apple is certainly selling plenty of Macs.  —  Driven in part by what analysts call a halo effect from the iPod and the iPhone, the market share of the company's personal computers is surging.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web  —  Several major research libraries have rebuffed offers from Google and Microsoft to scan their books into computer databases, saying they are put off by restrictions these companies want to place on the new digital collections.
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bows to EU Regulators On 2004 Antitrust Measures  —  Software Giant Won't Appeal EU Court Ruling  —  BRUSSELS — Microsoft Corp. threw in the towel on its nine-year antitrust fight with European Union regulators, saying it won't appeal a court judgment handed down last month …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Engadget
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft Finally Bows to EU Antitrust Measures
Discussion: WebProNews
EU extends Google/DoubleClick inquiry
David Kravets / Wired News:
Exclusive: I Was a Hacker for the MPAA  —  Promises of Hollywood fame and fortune persuaded a young hacker to betray former associates in the BitTorrent scene to Tinseltown's anti-piracy lobby, according to the hacker.  —  In an exclusive interview with Wired News, gun-for-hire hacker Robert Anderson tells …
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
European copyright law used to threaten Canadian public domain site  —  An Austrian music publisher has sent a pair of cease-and-desist letters to a Canadian college student running a database of public domain scores.  The problem?  Though the scores are in the public domain in Canada, not all are yet in the public domain in Europe.
SanDisk Introduces the New Sansa® TakeTV™ Video Player  —  A Smart, Simple & Seamless Way to Easily Take Videos from a PC to Nearly Any TV  —  MILPITAS, Calif., October 22, 2007- Finally, there's an exceptionally easy way to move video from your PC to your TV.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Core of "Windows 7" taking shape: meet the "MinWin" kernel  —  Eric Traut, one of Microsoft's chief operating system design engineers, gave a fascinating demo (WMV) recently at the University of Illinois, where he talked about where the Windows core is going and ended with a sneak peek …
Discussion: Digg
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Fostering ties for venture capitalists  —  People who sign in to the newest social network won't be looking for dates or posting a list of their favorite movies.  They will be searching for companies to invest in and listing their interests in areas like clean energy or enterprise software.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo In The Wild!  —  While most folks haven't been cleared to receive the Comcast TiVo and pricing still hasn't been revealed, some lucky New Englanders have the hookup.  —  But before we get to the exclusive pictures, I'd like to pose a series of questions... How much will the TiVo on Comcast service be?
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Aminu Abubakar / Agence France Presse:
Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria  —  KANO (AFP) - Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters from the parts.  —  "It took me eight months …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Raw Feed and Slashdot
Get and play music and games on the move  —  Espoo, Finland - Mobile entertainment just got more fun with the Nokia N81 and Nokia N81 8GB multimedia computers now available globally.  Designed for the best in music and gaming, these devices come with dedicated music and game keys and are loaded …
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Comcast is also Jamming Gnutella (and Lotus Notes?)  —  Yesterday, we posted about some experiments showing that Comcast is forging packets in order to interfere with its customers' use of BitTorrent.  There have been reports of strange things happening with other protocols …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Has The MySpace To Facebook Switch Begun?  —  If hype was the only indicator of marketshare in social networking, Facebook would be the winner by a mile, and yet for all the talk of Facebook's greatness, MySpace remains the most popular social networking destination.
Discussion: PDA
Julian Lee Marketing / Sydney Morning Herald:   MySpace slips to middle-of-road as Facebook surges ahead
Associated Press:
Woman pounds out her rage at cable firm  —  BRISTOW, Va. — She was fined and got a suspended jail sentence, but Mona Shaw says she has no regrets about using a hammer to vent her frustration at a cable company.  —  ''I stand by my actions even more so after getting all these telephone calls …
Discussion: p2pnet
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How To Bypass Comcast's BitTorrent Throttling
Discussion: The Great American Blog and Digg
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
New Zunes actually confirmed for November 13th
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Retailers vs. FCC: fines for warning-free analog TVs as ban draws near
Michael Kanellos / CNET
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Windows Live Messenger For Nokia Eseries
IBM Uses RFID to Track Conference Attendees
 Earlier Items: 
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AT&T Signs Napster Mobile Deal
Sam Zuckerman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yes, some blogs are profitable - very profitable
Louise Story / New York Times:
How Many Site Hits? Depends Who's Counting
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Online Video: NBC pulls YouTube channel