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3:45 PM ET, October 26, 2007

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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Student's Ad Gets a Remake, and Makes the Big Time  —  The idea that you do not have to be a professional to create a good commercial is becoming widespread, in a trend known as consumer-generated content.  Leave it to Apple to — paraphrasing the company's old slogan a bit — think differently.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Office and Vista: Can't we give Microsoft some props?  —  Microsoft posts its best fiscal first quarter in years and Wall Street cheers.  But the angst goes on.  — Derrick Shields at SeekingAlpha asks how can Microsoft stay competitive.  The common refrain: The days of Office and Vista are numbered.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
UK government: Schools shouldn't sign licensing agreements with Microsoft  —  Concerns over Microsoft's Office 2007 and Vista licensing terms have prompted a UK government agency to warn schools against signing licensing agreements.  Becta, the UK's education technology branch …
Discussion: Channel 9
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MYSPACE LOVE$ FACEBOOK VALUE  —  If Facebook is worth $15 billion, then MySpace is worth $65 billion.  —  That's the take of RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank, who applied the $357 Microsoft ascribed to each of Facebook's 42 million registered users in Wednesday's deal …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mac OSX Leopard: Worth The Wait  —  The long wait for the latest version of Apple' OSX operating system comes to an end today for millions of Mac fans worldwide.  OSX Leopard goes on sale in retail stores at 6pm, although others will receive it earlier by pre-order and courier delivery.
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Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Wants $300 From Wildfire Victim - They didn't think to grab their Dish network receiver...  I was hit hard by the floods in the Northeast last year.  Everything I owned was destroyed by eight feet of raging mud water.  Obviously, mud and electronics do not play well together …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
SearchMash, Now in Flash  —  SearchMash, Google's experimental site launched last year to test new user interfaces for search results, has a Flash version (requires IE/Firefox and Flash 9).  The site uses tabs to let you seamlessly switch between different search engines: web search …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's SearchMash Adds Snap Shot Previews. But Why Is It In Flash?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Time Warner Denies Parsons Exit is Next Week; Could Come Later  —  It can't be, at least not until Thursday or Friday: Parsons is in India next week for the Fortune Global conference, which is a big stage of TWX, not appropriate to announce his leaving/retirement at that stage, I would assume.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Accused speeder to cops: My GPS proves your radar gun is wrong  —  GPS-based tracking devices don't just help you figure out where you are and where you're going, they might also help you avoid a speeding ticket.  Shaun Malone of California is contesting a speeding ticket in that state …
Discussion: Business Technology
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Teen's Ticket Hinges on GPS Vs. Radar
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Digital World
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Fastest Growing Facebook Group Now Has A Million Members  —  Unfortunately, the fastest growing Facebook group ever is not a very spontaneous affair; it's part of a US presidential candidate's campaign.  However, the results are quite astonishing.  —  Responding to Barack Obama's Facebook …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay To Bring Back OiNK  —  BOiNK will be a little different from OiNK.  For instance, the tracker will be public and it will start out with a lot less torrents than OiNK had when it was raided.  The success of BOiNK will mainly depend on the former OiNK community, who will be asked to upload their old OiNK torrents.
Discussion: p2pnet, Mashable! and Digg
LabRats / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Prism  —  Personal computing is currently in a state of transition.  While traditionally users have interacted mostly with desktop applications, more and more of them are using web applications.  But the latter often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mozilla WebRuner becomes Prism, brings web apps to the desktop
Discussion: Alex Faaborg and Neowin.net
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
'Naughty' Facebook App Throws Real-World Parties  —  It turned the real-life sex-toy trade into a popular virtual diversion; now it's turning it back again.  Naughty Gifts, one of the most used Facebook applications, is throwing a series of adult parties in the real world this week.
Discussion: broadstuff and Mashable!
Business Week:
A Cautionary Tale for Old Media  —  Early on, the Mercury News saw the Web threat coming.  It's still struggling to survive  —  On Jan. 19, 1990, Robert D. Ingle, then executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, wrote a remarkably prescient memo to his bosses at the newspaper chain Knight Ridder.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Portfolio.com
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft now takes blame for WSUS update error  —  It changes story and apologizes, but angry admins say trust is broken  —  On the same day it tried to refute reports that enterprise customers' PCs were being force-fed the Windows XP desktop search tool, Microsoft Corp. did a turnabout and admitted it had messed up.
InfoWorld:
Oracle calls BEA's price 'impossibly high'  —  Oracle has rejected BEA Systems' proposed purchase price of $21 per share, calling it "impossibly high" for Oracle or any other company to pay.  —  In a letter to BEA's board dated Oct. 25, Oracle again urged the company to accept its offer of $17 per share …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Oracle: $21 Is Way Too High.  BEA: $17 Is Way Too Low.  Holders: I'm Outta Here
 
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Internet Cafes Launch in Vietnam
Discussion: Screenwerk
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
Intel Slates "Nehalem" for Q4 2008
Discussion: Neowin.net
Daniel Schuhmann / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Windows Server 2008 Reviewed
Discussion: Slashdot
Haochi / Googlified:
Preview YouTube's New Design
Discussion: CyberNet and Googling Google
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sprint unlocking settlement may pressure others to follow
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Microsoft Machine Keeps Chugging Along
PC World:
Apple's Leopard Pounces on Tokyo
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Microsoft confirms PDF attacks, urges caution
Vivek Wadhwa / Business Week:
The Science Education Myth
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Strong Halo 3 launch helps Microsoft gaming to first profit in years
Discussion: Forever Geek
Nate Lanxon / Crave at CNET UK:
Photos: Hands-on with the iRiver B20
Discussion: Engadget
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Omniture To Buy Visual Sciences; Sees Q3 Results Above Old Guidance …
New York Times:
Merrill's Chief Is Said to Consider a Bid to Merge
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Nintendo rules out Wii price cut
canada.com:
UBC tracked his 'theft of time'
Discussion: The Chronicle