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Dan Farber / ZDNet:
Gates introduces Microsoft bet on 'live software'  —  In opening the event today, Bill Gates said that every five years Microsoft looks at its strategy and makes big bets-1990 was Windows, the Web in 1995 and Web Services .Net in 2000.  The next big bet, Gates said, is delivering new type of software experience, called "live software."
Google chase could trip up Microsoft … Microsoft has talked about accelerating its business by offering services, but some analysts worry its race to compete with Google and others could leave Microsoft's very profitable business model in the dust.  —  Tuesday morning, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates …
Todd Bishop / Microsoft Blog:
Posting from San Francisco  —  I'm down here at San Francisco's Palace Hotel this morning, where Bill Gates and Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie are expected to disclose new details of Microsoft's online services strategy.  —  The company has been unusually secretive leading up to the event …
Ina Fried / CNET
Gates: We're entering 'live era' of software  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Kicking off what he called the "live era" of software, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said on Tuesday that the company plans to launch new Internet-based complements to its core products.  —  Gates said Microsoft is working …
Michael Gartenberg:
Window Live and Office Live - First Take
Richard MacManus / Read/Write Web:
Microsoft Announces The Live Era
Yardena Arar / Today @ PC World:
Live from San Francisco: Bill Gates on Next-Gen Software
Discussion: Techdirt
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Ross doesn't trust Microsoft's approach to Web  —  SocialText's founder, Ross Mayfield, nails why a bunch of my friends don't trust Microsoft and are finding what Microsoft's Web offerings quite boring (or, even worse, worthy of derision).  —  As I've been going around the world I've …
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Turn on a Dime  —  Tomorrow Bill Gates (convicted monopolist) and Ray Ozzie (respect) are expected to announce the third coming of Microsoft.  Just as they turned a massive organization on a dime to embrace the Internet, they will break with the past to offer software as a service.
Discussion: Keep Trying and Microsoft Weblog
Danny O'Brien / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Halloween on the Hill … - The Crypt, Disney's The Haunted Mansion  —  Halloween is traditionally the time when the undead walk; preposterous monstrosities that no-one could imagine living stumble and moan through the land.  —  So guess what the entertainment industry decided to dust off …
Discussion: Techdirt, IP Democracy and
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Hollywood after the Anal. Hole again
Fred / A VC:
The Looming Attention Crisis  —  Umair Haque said something (or actually quoted someone) at our Sessions event that has been rattling around my brain for the past week.  —  Umair said: … So I went to Wikipedia and looked up Herbert Simon and found out that he was a cognitive psychologist …
Coming soon, Nightly News, free and online  —  Next week, America's No. 1 newscast will stream worldwide after it airs  —  NBC News announced Monday that "NBC Nightly News" will soon become the first and only network newscast to be offered free on the Internet in its entirety.
Staci /
Interview: Charlie Tillinghast, President, …
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
DRM Crippled CD: A bizarre tale in 4 parts  —  DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: Ever come across something that only gets stranger and stranger the deeper you delve into it?  That was my experience when I almost purchased a new CD — a DRM crippled CD — this weekend.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
SCO describes alleged IBM Unix misuse to court  —  It took more than two and a half years, but the SCO Group finally has disclosed a list of areas in which it believes IBM violated its Unix contract, allegedly by moving proprietary Unix technology into open-source Linux.
Top US cable co's land Sprint Nextel deal-source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three top U.S. cable operators on Monday reached a deal to resell wireless phone services with Sprint Nextel <S.N> to compete against telephone operators entering the video market, sources familiar with the situation said.
Steve Smith / MediaPost Publications:
Search Engines Prepare For Behavioral Targeting: Part One Of A Three-Part Series  —  We're all used to patting down Google, Yahoo!, or MSN for relevant information, but what if they started frisking us first?  What if the search engines we've all come to rely on started examining our online activity …
Jack Loftus /
Massachusetts' CIO defends move to OpenDocument  —  BOSTON — Open standards and open source software (OSS) got political on Monday when Linda Hamel, the general counsel for the Massachusetts Information Technology Department (ITD), suggested that groups that oppose the OpenDocument file format standard might be influenced by Microsoft.

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