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5:00 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  —  Following its August settlement of a long-standing patent dispute with Eolas, Microsoft is readying a refresh of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser that will remove an interim "Click to Activate" control setting.
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google must woo mobile app developers
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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 …
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).
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray's DRM crown jewel tarnished with crack of BD+  —  One advantage that backers of Blu-ray have touted in the format battle with HD DVD is its extra helping of "unbreakable" DRM called BD+.  It's not unbreakable after all.  SlySoft, makers of AnyDVD, have released a new beta …
Discussion: Digg
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Blu-ray Phaser defends dorks from the HD DVD borg
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."
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Research Note: Evil is in the DNA, Special Facebook Edition  —  "..."There are these small bands of people who are trying to take over the world," Yu said. "  This is so much more fun than working at a hedge fund or an investment bank.  ie, Gideon Yu, Facebook's CFO.  —  That's a really (really) important quote.
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: Read/WriteWeb
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Fear Among Facebook Developers  —  LOS ANGELES -  —  Travel back in time six months to Facebook's last big event, at a warehouse in an artsy part of San Francisco, where scrappy independent developers were the apple of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's eye.  —  How things have changed.
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
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) …
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: p2pnet
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
TiVo looks to serve up demographic data to marketers
Cris Castello / Google LatLong:
How's the weather?  —  A wise man once said, "I ain't often right …
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
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
FreshBooks Goes the Extra Mile
Yakov Sadchikov / blognation:
Welcome to Europe's Fastest Growing Internet Population
Discussion: comScore and WebProNews
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
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Lafsky / Freakonomics:
Is Web Video Really Hurting TV?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
"Set the Data Free"
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
An old hat with new tricks: Fedora 8 officially released
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Should Sell AOL To Yahoo (YHOO)
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Pen Phone Design is Smallest Yet [Cellphones]
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
I Know Why Digg Hasn't Sold Until Now
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
 

 
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