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8:50 PM ET, November 8, 2007


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IE Automatic Component Activation (Changes to IE ActiveX Update)  —  Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages.  Some sites required users to "click to activate" before they could interact with the control.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft to launch test build of Internet Explorer refresh in December
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WORDPRESS FOUNDER LOOKS INTO BLOGGING'S FUTURE  —  LAS VEGAS, Nev.—If you type "Matt" into the Google search bar, you won't immediately get results for the actor Matt Damon or the political site owner Matt Drudge, as you might expect.  —  Instead, the No. 1 listing points to the site of Matt Mullenweg …
Discussion: WebProNews and Joe Duck
Roger Thompson / Exploit Prevention Labs:
Alicia Keys MySpace page is hacked  —  Attacks on MySpace seem to be on the rise.  First, at the end of October, there were a number of links added as friend-comments that went via MySpace's open-redirector (MSPlinks) to exploit sites in China.  This was reported publicly on the FunSec mailing list.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Alicia Keys' MySpace Page Hacked
Discussion: Bits
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Redstone: 'If Content Is King, Copyright Is Its Castle'  —  He may look his age when he's not speaking, but when Sumner Redstone, the 84-year-old chairman of Viacom and CBS, starts talking about the shifting media landscape, you forget he was born when radio was a novelty.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Adobe: Online Photoshop coming this year  —  MONTEREY, Calif.—Adobe Systems has committed to shipping a beta version of its online image-editing tool, Photoshop Express, this year, and said it will be complete in 2008.  —  "By late this year, we anticipate having a beta version," …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Surge in encrypted torrents blindsides record biz  —  BPI claims losing is winning in P2P arms race  —  Exclusive The legal crackdown and publicity blitz aimed at people who share music, videos and software online is having an unintended consequence for the troubled record industry.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: November 8, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: November 13, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of two security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on November 13, 2007.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Blogcosm Challenges Technorati, Techmeme to Parse the Blogosphere  —  Blogcosm is a new company aiming to build a directory of the blogosphere.  From the mundane to the esoteric, the company wants to provide users with a rich data set about any particular blog of interest or the vertical market it is in.
Cris Castello / Google LatLong:
How's the weather?  —  A wise man once said, "I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong."  When it comes to weather forecasts, this certainly rings true.  You always remember that day when you planned a picnic because it was supposed to be sunny and it ended up raining.
Macworld UK:
iPhone queue forming at Regent Street store  —  The first few people have formed an iPhone queue outside the company's Regent Street store  —  Jonny Evans  —  Apple will launch the iPhone in the UK at 6.02pm tomorrow night - and a queue is already forming outside its doors on Regent Street.
LookSmart Announces Sale of  —  LookSmart, Ltd. (NASDAQ:LOOK), an online advertising and technology solutions company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company's property to CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNET) …
Business Wire:
The Walt Disney Company Reports Record Earnings for Fiscal Year 2007  — EPS for the year was $2.25 compared to $1.64 in the prior year.  Net income increased from $3.4 billion in fiscal 2006 to $4.7 billion in fiscal 2007  — EPS for the year included a net benefit of $.33 …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
HP goes octal with workstations  —  In the bad old days, you had to plod along with a workstation running on a creaky 400MHz chip.  Now companies like HP are cramming up to 8 cores worth of speedy Xeons into a single desktop.  —  In mid-December, HP should start shipping the xw6600 and HP xw8600.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Michael Tanne / Wink Blog:
Major Update to Wink People Search  —  Today we released a major update to Wink People Search.  Wink now gives people control over their search profile allowing them to fill in or correct information, and decide which links to include.  We also enable people to contact friends they find online …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Fix your Time Machine with the Flux Capacitor  —  We made a quick little Automator application that removes the Time Machine restrictions on what kind of disk you can back up to.  We found the tip here.  —  We are now happily backing up or Leopard machines to the SMB Share on or DLink DNS-323.
Discussion: Gizmodo Comments
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William McGeveran / Info/Law:
Facebook Inserting Users Into Ads
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30 New Customers Sign up for Microsoft's Linux Support Coupons
Discussion: Open Source
John Leyden / The Register:
Website for computer security experts hacked
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The iPod/iTunes link IS monopolistic
Ars Technica:
How we got here  —  CableCARDs have an intriguing pedigree.
Discussion: CNET
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
FreshBooks Goes the Extra Mile
 Earlier Items: 
Yakov Sadchikov / blognation:
Welcome to Europe's Fastest Growing Internet Population
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates
Melissa Lafsky / Freakonomics:
Is Web Video Really Hurting TV?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
"Set the Data Free"
New York Magazine:
Dell Dude Now Tequila Dude at Tortilla Flats
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
An old hat with new tricks: Fedora 8 officially released
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
'Internet van' helped drive evolution of the Web