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5:20 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.
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
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Microsoft's 'Halo' effect  —  The software giant reports strong sales and profit increases thanks to healthy sales of new video game 'Halo 3' as well as Vista and Office; stock surges after-hours  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Microsoft Corp. reported quarterly earnings Thursday …
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
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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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Strong Halo 3 launch helps Microsoft gaming to first profit in years
Discussion: Forever Geek
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 …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Senate passes Internet tax moratorium extension: 7 more years tax-free
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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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Future is Cloudy  —  When Google this week announced IMAP support for Gmail, it really got me thinking about finally outsourcing my e-mail.  At $50 per year per address, Google Apps Premier Edition is pretty compelling.  For one thing, there are only three cringely.com addresses …
Discussion: Rough Type
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MYSPACE LOVE$ 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 …
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?
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: CrunchGear, Mashable!, p2pnet and Digg
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 …
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Richard Parsons set to announce Time Warner exit  —  Jeff Bewkes is poised to take over the reigns at one of the world's largest media groups as soon as next week  —  Richard Parsons, the chief executive of Time Warner, is poised to announce that he will hand over the top job at the CNN …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Time Warner Denies Parsons Exit is Next Week; Could Come Later
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 …
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: Salon, Mashable! and Lost Remote
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook: Committed to the sanctity of the social graph  —  Just 24 hours after Facebook received $240 million from Microsoft for 1.6 percent of the company, Ami Vora, senior platform manager at Facebook, said that investment news (which probably wasn't any surprise to Facebook employees) wasn't a big deal for anyone she talked to.
Daniel Schuhmann / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Windows Server 2008 Reviewed  —  Windows Server 2008 RC0  —  Microsoft will release Windows 2008 Server as the direct successor to Windows 2003 Server in the spring of next year.  The new server OS, code named Longhorn, shares the same kernel with Windows Vista and incorporates many additions compared to its predecessor.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
No, The Blockbuster Movie Isn't Dead
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Forget Intellectual Property — Think Intellectual Privilege?
Charles / Channel 9:
Inside MultiTouch: Team, Demo, Lab Tour
Discussion: Neowin.net and Channel 10
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Outsourced Brain  —  The gurus seek bliss amidst mountaintop …
Discussion: 43 Folders
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
UK government: Schools shouldn't sign licensing agreements with Microsoft
Discussion: Channel 9
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
Haochi / Googlified:
Preview YouTube's New Design
Discussion: CyberNet and Googling Google
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sprint unlocking settlement may pressure others to follow
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Microsoft Machine Keeps Chugging Along
Discussion: paidContent.org
PC World:
Apple's Leopard Pounces on Tokyo
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft now admits to WSUS update error
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
'Naughty' Facebook App Throws Real-World Parties
Discussion: broadstuff and Mashable!
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Nintendo rules out Wii price cut