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Manu Sharma / Orange Hues:
Ebay Wants to Buy Skype?  Makes Sense  —  Fred Wilson, VC at Union Square Ventures and prolific blogger at 'A VC' blog wrote about a WSJ article that speculates that Ebay might be considering buying Skype.  Fred wonders why eBay would want to do that.  The WSJ article isn't free to read …
Paul Jardine / Produktivity:
Skypebay or Bay of Skypes?
Discussion: Orange Hues
Jacob Appelbaum / Jacob Appelbaum's weblog:
Coming to you all live from New Orleans  —  Sorry for being vauge and for those that were in the know I'm sorry to drop off the radar.  I didn't want to disclose where we were going but we're here now and we made it safely.  Joel and I are now in Algiers.  This is the west bank of New Orleans, the 15th ward in Orleans Parish.
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Saturday declared 'Software Freedom Day'  —  Event aims to educate about the benefits of open source software  —  Advocates of free and open-source software have designated Saturday as Software Freedom Day and are planning events around the world to educate the public about the benefits and availability of open-source software.
Discussion: Ted's Radio Weblog
V. Dion Haynes / Washington Post:
Schools Beset by Computer Errors  —  D.C. Principals Report a Surge in Problems in Recent Days  —  D.C schools continue to experience problems with a new computer system, with some principals saying yesterday that their schools have been unable to record attendance, print student schedules or even access the Internet since Wednesday.
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Microsoft aims for hack-proof 360  —  Microsoft plans to make its next generation games console, the Xbox 360, as difficult as possible to hack.  —  The 360 will have security built directly into the hardware, said Xbox engineer Chris Satchell.  —  Fans have modified the first Xbox to turn …
Discussion: Kotaku, Techdirt and broadband
Mac Mini Robot  —  This is a description of a mobile robot using an Mac Mini and iSight camera for tele-operation.  The purpose of this project is to see what it is like to control to robot using the built-in visual and aural sensors before designing an agent to do the same task.
Discussion: digg and hack a day
Mathew Honan /
Mobile makers: No immediate plans for iTunes integration  —  With the release of the ROKR from Apple, Cingular, and Motorola, iTunes came to mobile phones, allowing users to easily load music to a phone via the familiar iTunes interface.  Consumers may wonder whether, like Bluetooth and cameras …
Discussion: MobHappy
Joris Evers /
Mozilla offers temporary fix for Firefox flaw  —  Responding to the disclosure of a serious Web browser flaw, the Mozilla Foundation offered on Friday a temporary fix to protect Firefox and Mozilla users.  —  The downloadable fix protects against attacks that take advantage of a new …
Discussion: digg,, mozillaZine and Netcraft
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
VSLive looking for speakers  —  Wanna speak at a Visual Studio conference?  Chris Kinsman says he's looking for ASP.NET talks and that Fawcette Technical Publications has a call for papers.  —  One thing to be warned on, though, is that Fawcette is well known for not paying speakers on time (if at all).
Discussion: Backup Brain
David Perlman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Astronomers discover 2 more oddball objects  —  They could shed new light on the formation of the solar system — but don't call them planets  —  With delight and fascination, three astronomers who announced discovery of the solar system's "10th planet" in July told colleagues Thursday …
Discussion: Channel 9
Jenstar / JenSense:
New ad category targeting added to YPN  —  Yahoo Publisher Network has added a brand new ad category targeting feature for publishers, which should help create tighter ad targeting. … Here is a screenshot (click the screenshot to view full-sized version of the page):
Discussion: Blog Tips and Feed Money
Phishing Filter in IE7  —  Hi, my name is Tariq Sharif and I am a Program Manager on the IE Security team.  One of the threats users face on the web is phishing.  Today, I want to tell you about the Phishing Filter in IE7, a new security feature designed to dynamically warn users if they visit a phishing site.

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