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10:10 AM ET, November 3, 2008


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Ted Dziuba / The Register:
What Ray Ozzie didn't tell you about Microsoft Azure  —  Behind the whiteboard of confusion  —  Fail and You Unveiled earlier this month at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference by Chief Whiteboard Operator Ray Ozzie, the Azure Services Platform confused damn near everyone.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News: extends cloud computing service  — is expanding its cloud computing service with a new option that lets customers more easily build external Web sites.  —  The company is expected to announce the new service, called Sites, at its Dreamforce user conference on Monday in San Francisco.
Business Technology: Wants to Host Your Web Site
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT: sets its Sites on Microsoft
Discussion: Between the Lines
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft: Trojans are huge and China is tops in browser exploits  —  China gets more browser-based exploits than any other country, according to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report for the first half of 2008.  —  Three things you might not know: Vulnerabilities are decreasing but becoming easier to exploit.
Discussion: The Register and InformationWeek
John Markoff / New York Times:
On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm  —  Microsoft plans to report on Monday that the security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds and other online scourges has become much more serious.
Discussion: and webmonkey
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Third party apps killing our security  —  Why would hackers target Microsoft directly when there is so much low hanging fruit hanging from the Windows operating system?  —  The short answer is that hackers won't attack Microsoft directly because they have plenty …
Discussion: Guardian, eWeek and InformationWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft confirms MinWin is in Windows 7, after all  —  MinWin — the core of the Windows operating system — is, indeed, in Windows 7.  It's just not part of it in the way many people (including yours truly) initially assumed.  —  Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, who detailed via …
Discussion: Slashdot
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows 7 ‘pre-beta’ washes up on Pirate Bay and co
Discussion: Beyond Binary and webmonkey
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ad Rates Dropped 11% In The Third Quarter  —  The average amount advertisers pay publishers to display their ads one thousand times — CPMs — dropped 11 percent from Q2 to Q3 across the 307 ad networks and 1,300 publishers that ad-optimizing firm The Rubicon Project calls clients.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
MTV Networks in deal to monetize uploaded videos  —  The company plans to pair ads with clips on MySpace using Auditude's technology.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — Hollywood used to fume when fans uploaded video clips to the Internet to share with their friends.  Now it's looking to cash in on them.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Irrepressible widget-maker RockYou aims at Asia, raises $17M  —  RockYou, a company that started out two years ago making simple slideshow widgets for MySpace, and more recently applications on Facebook and other rival social networks, is now invading Asia.  —  It has taken on strategic funding …
Seth Rosenblatt /
VoxOx goes gunning for Skype, Digsby  —  What if Digsby and Skype merged into one seemingly all-powerful VoIP and messaging communications tool?  It's a question which, according to San Diego-based telephone company TelCentris, can be answered by VoxOx.  —  VoxOx incorporates features …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Times Said Shopping  —  The troubled New York Times Company is running out of options.  It owes more than $1 billion, close to half of it coming due in the next two years.  But it just ruled out layoffs for the foreseeable future and will probably try to avoid cutting …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Palo Alto Networks pulls in new funds to ride out recession  —  Bracing for the downturn, Palo Alto Networks has added $10 million to the third round of financing it announced in August.  —  Lane Bess, chief executive of the enterprise firewall and security firm, raised $27 million …
Discussion: PE Hub News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
John McCain and Barack Obama Talk Tech  —  In advance of tomorrow's elections, here's a pair of videos of the two presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, talking about tech.  —  While Obama has many more supporters in the tech and Internet sectors …
Discussion: Datamation and TechCrunch
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Intel's Core i7 Chips Get Prodded, Poked and Compared: Good, But Expensive
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital pushes into living room with WD TV
Discussion: Electronista
David Rothman / TeleRead:
FBReader releases Android update for real Google phones …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Scripps Tries to Steer Local Ads to Papers' Sites
Discussion: Industry Standard and Romenesko
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft unveils 60 million dlr investment in SKorea
Discussion: Engadget
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola ZINE ZN5 officially hits T-Mobile, paparazzis lose their jobs
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Three strikes” P2P rule inches closer to law in France
Discussion: paidContent
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Partnering for Cyberspace Security
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Is the MacBook Air overpriced?
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Sprint HTC Touch Pro Now Available Online!
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and CrunchGear