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6:05 PM ET, November 8, 2007

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IEBlog:
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft to launch test build of Internet Explorer refresh in December
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.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Read/WriteWeb
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Media & Money: Keynote: Sumner Redstone, Executive Chairman, CBS and Viacom  —  When it comes to technology, Sumner Redstone says he's not an early adopter, but rather a "non-adopter", joking about the fact that he doesn't blog or Twitter.  Still, during his keynote address to the Media …
Reuters:
Vonage loss widens, but settlement boosts shares  —  update Internet calling company Vonage Holdings on Thursday reported a bigger quarterly loss on litigation costs, but a legal settlement with AT&T raised hopes that such problems were coming to an end.  —  Vonage shares rose more than 21 percent …
Microsoft:
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.
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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Screenshots of first Googlephone app [Exclusive]  —  Remember WhatsOpen.com, the stealth search startup that piqued Google cofounder Sergey Brin's interest last month?  Brin was so intrigued he told the founders to keep the company hush-hush.  Now, however, a source has leaked screenshots of WhatsOpen's secret project.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
First screenshots of application running on Google's Android platform?
Discussion: textually.org
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
LookSmart (LOOK) Bombs: Bad News for GOOG/YHOO?  —  LookSmart had a terrible quarter, with advertising revenue growing only 4% year over year (this is Internet, remember, not TV).  It also stopped providing guidance (presumably because it doesn't have anything good to say).
John Leyden / The Register:
Website for computer security experts hacked  —  Triple F get F for security?  —  First Forensic Forum - a UK based association of computer security professionals - has been hacked.  —  F3.org's website was defaced (screen shot here) with a message poking fun at the association of computer forensic experts.
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.
Discussion: DSLreports and p2pnet
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
'Internet van' helped drive evolution of the Web  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—If not for this nondescript, gray van with the letters "SRI" painted on the side, you might not be reading this article right now.  —  Parked feet from the entrance of the Computer History Museum here in the heart of Silicon Valley …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds  —  Hushmail, a longtime provider of encrypted web-based email, markets itself by saying that "not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted e-mail, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer."
Melissa Lafsky / Freakonomics:
Is Web Video Really Hurting TV?  —  The current conventional wisdom is that the rise of Internet video may mean the end of television as we know it — a view that extends to the music industry as well, as we've seen before.  Viacom's $1 billion copyright infringement suit …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
FreshBooks Goes the Extra Mile  —  FreshBooks is a billing web application that allows people to send, track and collect online payments.  I don't use FreshBooks (I generally have no one to invoice) and I don't know much about the Ontario, Canada-based company, but judging from their web site …
investor.shareholder.com:
LookSmart Announces Sale of FindArticles.com  —  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 FindArticles.com property to CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNET) …
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com, iLounge and Neowin.net
 
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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 News.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray's DRM crown jewel tarnished with crack of BD+
Discussion: Engadget, Blogmond.com and Digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Record amount of private equity raised — gives entrepreneurs an upper hand
Yakov Sadchikov / blognation:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
AT&T Asking For Trouble With Filtering Plans
Discussion: DSLreports and Business Week
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
"Set the Data Free"
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Should Sell AOL To Yahoo (YHOO)
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo temporarily reinstates $400 lifetime subscription for Series3, HD
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Apple confirms international 1.1.2 iPhone update to Pocket-lint
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Fear Among Facebook Developers
 

 
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