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12:10 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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
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
Associated Press:   Microsoft Accepts European Antitrust Ruling
EU extends Google/DoubleClick inquiry
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.
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.
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 first co-development project and first original web series created specifically for MySpace TV.
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
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.
Business Wire:
AT&T Hits a High Note with Instant Music Delivery from Napster Mobile  —  New Mobile Service Connects Wireless Customers to 5 Million Songs;  —  AT&T Mobile Music Catalog Largest of Nationwide Wireless Carriers  —  Multiplatinum Superstars Matchbox Twenty the First to Premiere Exclusive Content via Napster Mobile
Discussion: Epicenter, Mobility Site and 901am
AT&T, Napster To Unveil Direct Mobile Music Download
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AT&T Signs Napster Mobile Deal
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
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
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.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
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 …
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.
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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