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12:45 PM 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.
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CNN:
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.
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
AdWords is Safe! Facebook Flyers NO Google Killer
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
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: Engadget and Channel 9
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft Finally Bows to EU Antitrust Measures  —  Microsoft agrees to comply with a landmark 2004 antitrust decision by the European Commission.  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters)—Microsoft Corp. ended three years of resistance on Monday and finally agreed to comply with a landmark 2004 antitrust decision by the European Commission.
Associated Press:   Microsoft Accepts European Antitrust Ruling
Erika Brown / Forbes:
Bikinis And Bums On Cue  —  Here's a story line that M.C. Escher could appreciate: Four fresh-out-of-college girls share an apartment in Los Angeles and star in a reality show filmed by a guy who is their friend.  Except—this isn't a reality show.  All the dialogue is scripted.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Gets in Bed with Roommates  —  MySpace continues its march into original content with the launch of Roommates, a new, scripted original web series, today.  The move represents MySpace's (NWS) first co-development project and first original web series created specifically for MySpace TV.
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.
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 …
Sandisk:
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.
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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 …
Michael Geist Blog:
Canadian Public Domain Told To Cease and Desist  —  The International Music Score Library Project was a quiet Canadian success story.  Using wiki technologies, it emerged over the past two years as a leading source of public domain music scores, hosting thousands of scores uploaded by a community …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   European copyright law used to threaten Canadian public domain site
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
Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Cops pull plugs on TV-links, claim 'facilitation of infringement'  —  Copyright or copy-ridiculous?  —  Last week's arrest of a 26-year-old Cheltenham man, and the related closure of the TV-links website, has prompted a flurry of speculation that the very foundations of the internet (linking to stuff) might be under threat.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Mark Ward / BBC:
When work becomes a game  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Video games are big business and soon they could be big in business too.  —  A whole generation is growing up for whom video games are a key part of how they relax whether it be fragging friends in a first person shooter …
Discussion: Blue's News
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
More than 100 times faster than WiFi?  —  Radio scientists at IBM Research and MediaTek are teaming up to develop a wireless transmission protocol that will deliver files more than 100 times faster than WiFi.  —  The idea is to take advantage of the 60GHz spectrum, according to Mehmet Soyuer …
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 …
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Penguin Audio Ends EMusic Deal
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Business Wire:
AT&T Hits a High Note with Instant Music Delivery from Napster Mobile
Ryan Block / Engadget:
New Zunes actually confirmed for November 13th
Discussion: The Tech Report and Bink.nu
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Retailers vs. FCC: fines for warning-free analog TVs as ban draws near
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo In The Wild!
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Fostering ties for venture capitalists
Associated Press:
Woman pounds out her rage at cable firm
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Nokia:
Get and play music and games on the move
Computerworld:
IBM Uses RFID to Track Conference Attendees
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Has The MySpace To Facebook Switch Begun?
Discussion: PDA and Sydney Morning Herald
Sam Zuckerman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yes, some blogs are profitable - very profitable
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How Many Site Hits? Depends Who's Counting
 

 
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