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Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE PULLS THE OTHER LEG WITH SECURE ACCESS  —  Following the Web Accelerator debacle, Google wants another crack at your entire internet traffic.  This time, its through the Google Secure Access client.  —  Located at, GSA connects you to a Google-run Virtual Private Network.
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Google plans own WiFi service: Web site  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Online search leader Google is preparing to launch its own wireless Internet service, Google WiFi, according to several pages found on the company's Web site on Tuesday.  —  A WiFi service, which offers a high-speed connection to the Internet …
Discussion: Engadget
TGS 2005: No more Metal Gear for Kojima?  —  Director reveals his plans to leave series after MGS 4: Guns of the Patriots; series illustrator also exiting.  —  TOKYO—Director Hideo Kojima is retiring from the Metal Gear series...again.  During an event at Konami's booth at the Tokyo Game Show today …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Rob Fahey /
TGS: Kojima states PS3 loyalty with new MGS4 trailer; Moore responds
Discussion: Joystiq
GameSpot:   TGS 2005: Kirby creator to make Metal Gear Solid 5?
Feel Free: Opera Eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee  —  Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser.  The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge - at
How We'll Get Back to the Moon  —  Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon.  And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond.  There are echoes of the iconic images of the past …
Discussion: greg hughes, Metafilter and
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Ask Jason  —  I got a ton of great questions on my last post, and I answered them ask quickly and in as much details as I could in the comment form.  My experience in running a transparent Web 2.0 company (dang, that sounds really wonky) is that at the end of the day (or "net net" …
Discussion: Things That and
Global PR Blog Week 2.0:
Adding Your Voice to the Conversation.  Why CEOs Should Blog  —  By Jeneane D. Sessum, The Content Factor |  Just how taxing is it to be one of today's chief executive officers?  Most are on call, in one form or another, nearly 24 hours a day.  According to an article in the Pocket Manager …
The Doc Searls Weblog:
This is weird.  Worse, it's sad and bad for Google.  —  I can see keeping discussions "off the record" in embargoed or NDA'd conditions, where product plans are being disclosed.  Also where the context is meetings with customers.  Those conditions are well understood by everybody, and have been for decades.
Paul Thurrott /
Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5219 (Community Technical Preview 1) Review  —  As promised, Microsoft delivered an interim build of Windows Vista—build 5219—to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2005) in mid-September 2005.  That build, which later went …
Discussion: TechSpot
Patrick Klepek /
Plague Strikes WoW  —  Unexpected disease begins spreading through Azeroth.  —  Often the best parts of a videogame are moments you don't see coming, and sometimes the developers can't even anticipate them!  The number of variables in the online realm means that whenever a company …
John Leyden / The Register:
Firefox and Mac security sanctuaries 'under attack'  —  Symantec has attacked the perceived security advantages of Firefox and Apple Macs by drawing unfavourable comparisons with Microsoft's software and describing Mac fans as living in a "false paradise".  According to the latest edition …
Merlin / 43 Folders:
Writing sensible email messages  —  As we've seen before, getting your inbound email under control will give you a huge productivity boost, but what about all the emails you send?  If you want to be a good email citizen and ensure the kind of results you're looking for …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Lifehacker
Danc / Lost Garden:
Nintendo's Genre Innovation Strategy: Thoughts on the Revolution's new controller  —  I'm still jet lagged from my recent trip overseas, but I managed to stay awake for the new Nintendo controller announcement.  I must say that I'm feeling like an excited Japanese school boy waiting in line for the latest Dragon Quest.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Julian Bond thinks Windows Vista will be the downfall of Microsoft  —  Julian Bond has the black helicopter view of Windows Vista: Why Longhorn will be the end of MS.  —  Oh, Julian, if your view of our OS turns out to be right I'll be the first one in line waiting at the Bellevue Apple store …

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