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1:35 PM ET, October 26, 2007

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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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Microsoft Machine Keeps Chugging Along
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and paidContent.org
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Results Turn Heads
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Wants $300 From Wildfire Victim - They didn't think to grab their Dish network receiver...  I was hit hard by the floods in the Northeast last year, having everything I owned destroyed by eight feet of raging mud water.  I was surprised to find that neither Time Warner Cable nor DirecTV charged me for destroyed modems and/or DVRs.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Student's Ad Gets a Remake, and Makes the Big Time  —  The idea that you do not have to be a professional to create a good commercial is becoming widespread, in a trend known as consumer-generated content.  Leave it to Apple to — paraphrasing the company's old slogan a bit — think differently.
LabRats / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Prism  —  Personal computing is currently in a state of transition.  While traditionally users have interacted mostly with desktop applications, more and more of them are using web applications.  But the latter often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers.
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Mike Chambers:
Mozilla Prism and the disingenuous web
Discussion: Alex Faaborg and Neowin.net
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Fastest Growing Facebook Group Now Has A Million Members  —  Unfortunately, the fastest growing Facebook group ever is not a very spontaneous affair; it's part of a US presidential candidate's campaign.  However, the results are quite astonishing.  —  Responding to Barack Obama's Facebook …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Colbert fan group on Facebook soars like an eagle
Discussion: Editor and Publisher
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate OKs 7 more years of tax-free Net access, e-mail  —  Scarcely a week before an existing ban on Internet access taxes is set to expire, the U.S. Senate late on Thursday voted to let it live on for seven more years.  —  The compromise bill, which was approved by a voice vote …
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MYSPACE LOVE$ 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 …
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
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.
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Wsus / WSUS Product Team Blog:
WDS update revision follow - up
Discussion: BetaNews and Techworld.com
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Nintendo rules out Wii price cut  —  TOKYO - Fresh off bumper earnings, Nintendo Co. ruled out a price cut for its smash-hit Wii video game console Friday and announced the company will being selling the Wii in China next year.  —  Profits at Nintendo have surged on the runaway success …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Joystiq and Gizmodo
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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Nintendo to sell Wii in China
Discussion: Engadget
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
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 …
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: Mashable!
New York Times:
Merrill's Chief Is Said to Consider a Bid to Merge  —  Facing billions of dollars in losses from the subprime mortgage crisis, Merrill Lynch chairman and chief executive, E. Stanley O'Neal, floated the idea of a merger with a large bank, a foray that angered Merrill's board and could cost him his job …
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sprint unlocking settlement may pressure others to follow
PC World:
Apple's Leopard Pounces on Tokyo
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Teen's Ticket Hinges on GPS Vs. Radar
Discussion: Ars Technica and Digital World
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
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft Beats Street, Reports Strongest Q1 in 8 Years
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Strong Halo 3 launch helps Microsoft gaming to first profit in years
Thoughtfix / TabletBlog.com:
The Nokia N810 Giveaway Contest!
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Lanxon / Crave at CNET UK:
Photos: Hands-on with the iRiver B20
Discussion: Engadget
Bill Ray / The Register:
UK mobiles not worth stealing
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Omniture To Buy Visual Sciences; Sees Q3 Results Above Old Guidance …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Disallowed On URLs Containing "Google", Google Says
Discussion: Search Engine Land
David Pogue / New York Times:
More Goodies in Apple's New Operating System
The Register:
Global mobile penetration to reach 75% by 2011
canada.com:
UBC tracked his 'theft of time'
Discussion: The Chronicle
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Russians use Geforce to crack Vista passwords
Discussion: Ubergizmo