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11:55 AM ET, November 15, 2007


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Times of London:
Hidden crime of 'wi-fi tapping': only 11 arrests but most of us are guilty  —  More than half of computer users have illegally logged on to someone else's wi-fi connection yet only 11 people have been arrested for the crime, an investigation by The Times has found.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and The Register
Rick Broida / CNET
Bust your home network through the walls without busting walls  —  In my folks' house, built in the early 70s, it is impossible to get a Wi-Fi signal to travel beyond one room.  We've tried numerous routers, always with the same head-scratching result.  And I know many others who've encountered similar Wi-Fi Kryptonite issues.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Chad Lorenz / Slate:
The Death of E-Mail  —  TEENAGERS ARE ABANDONING THEIR YAHOO! AND HOTMAIL ACCOUNTS.  DO THE REST OF US HAVE TO?  —  By 2002, everyone in my family had become an Internet convert.  For the technophobic older generation, signing up for an e-mail account was a concession to us youngsters …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Email Is For Old People?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Push 'Cloud Computing,' Using Data From Afar  —  I.B.M. plans to build a sizable business by bringing Google-style computing to mainstream corporate customers.  —  The I.B.M. strategy, to be announced today, seeks to exploit the technical work and commercial interest in large data centers …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM takes the computing cloud corporate; What cloud will you trust?  —  IBM on Thursday unveiled "Blue Cloud," a corporate cloud computing bundle of services for data centers.  —  With the move Big Blue is following the path blazed by Amazon and other cloud services.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Rafe Needleman / CNET
High-quality YouTube videos coming soon  —  YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, speaking at the NewTeeVee Live conference today, confirmed that high-quality YouTube video streams are coming soon.  Although YouTube's goal, he said, is to make the site's vast library of content available to everyone …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   YouTube HD Coming Soon
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NTV Live Featured Conversation: Steve Chen, YouTube
Discussion: last100, Valleywag and The Utube Blog
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus cracks codes once more  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Bletchley's code-breaking effort shortened the war by many months  —  For the first time in more than 60 years a Colossus computer will be cracking codes at Bletchley Park.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Warner Music Boss: We Were Wrong  —  Someone in the music industry finally seeing the error of their ways?  A blue moon rose over Macau Wednesday when Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Music Group Edgar Bronfman admitted on stage that the music industry had been asleep at the wheel.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Edgar Bronfman Rewrites History, Has A Pretend Epiphany  —  My distant cousin Edgar Bronfman Jr., the head of Warner Music, is getting some attention today for his remarks at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Macau, where he seemed to be admitting to past mistakes in how the recording industry treated customers.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Engadget
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Stealth-mode app turns InBox 2.0 into Life 2.0  —  Yesterday Mike Arrington noted the stories that both Yahoo and Google are planning to build social networks around their email services.  This is based on the premise that you already 'socially network' with people via email, so why not put a social graph wrapper around that?
Discussion: The Open Road, and Digg
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Who needs InBox 2.0 when you can get Life 2.0?
Discussion: WinExtra and Searchviews
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft stuffs Sage with free accounts software  —  Microsoft today blew a raspberry in the face of rival Sage with the launch of its own UK accounting software punted at SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses).  —  Redmond has also adopted a biz model not typically associated …
Discussion: PC World
Sydney Morning Herald:
Police swoop on 'hacker of the year'  —  Swedish internet security consultant Dan Egerstad.  Inset: The article from Tuesday's Next.  —  Asher Moses  —  The Swedish hacker who perpetrated the so-called hack of the year has been arrested in a dramatic raid on his apartment …
Discussion: Ars Technica
John Leyden / The Register:
Tor embassy 'hacker' raided by Swedish Feds
C.G. Lynch /
Five Favorite Facebook Widgets for Business Users  —  From a link to your LinkedIn account to virtual sticky notes to intergrated wikis, we present five of the most business friendly Facebook widgets you'll find.  —  Most Facebook developers will tell you that they create two different kinds of widgets.
Discussion: Facebook Observer
Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Releases Final Cut Express 4  —  New Final Cut Express Features AVCHD Support and iMovie '08 Integration  —  Apple® today released Final Cut® Express 4, a significant upgrade to its powerful video editing software based on Apple's award-winning Final Cut Pro 6, with a new low price of $199.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Sprint Will Ship BlackBerry Pearl 8130 on Black Friday; Moto Q and i335 Coming Too [Cellphones]  —  Confirmed: Sprint Will Ship BlackBerry Pearl 8130 on Black Friday; Moto Q and i335 Coming Too  —  Rumor confirmed.  On Friday, November 23, better known to you Dealzmodo nuts as Black Friday …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Comcast Sued Over BitTorrent Blocking - UPDATED  —  A California man filed suit in state court Tuesday against internet service provider Comcast, arguing that the company's secret use of technology to limit peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent violates federal computer fraud laws …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast hit with class-action lawsuit over traffic blocking
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Head of Cable Lobby Condemns FCC Report
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard Marks / PlayStation.Blog:
Video of New Research Conducted with PlayStation Eye
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq, Kotaku and Digg
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Apparently Still Can't Train Its Sales People In Basic Math
AMD Unleashes Enthusiast Gaming Performance for the Masses …
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Lost Remote
USA Today:
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Yahoo! Ratchets! Open! Source! Grid! Platform!
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Hidden Gmail feature lets you search by language
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
More on Zune 80 delays — available December 12th?
Discussion: I4U News
Glenn Kelman / TechCrunch:
Entrepreneur 2.0  —  This guest post is written by Glen Kelman …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT and XPS ONE make first public appearance