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Sony to patch copy-protected CD  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment and a technology partner are working with antivirus companies on a fix for a potential security problem in some copy-protected CDs.  —  Earlier in the week, security experts said that anticopying technology used by Sony BMG …
Edward W. Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
CD-DRM Rootkit: Repairing the Damage  —  SonyBMG and First4Internet are in the doghouse now, having been caught installing rootkit-like software on the computers of SonyBMG music customers, thereby exposing the customers to security risk.  The question now is whether the companies will face up to their mistake and try to remedy it.
Microsoft's Live Offerings  —  Windows Live and Microsoft Office Live are designed to deliver rich and seamless experiences to individuals and small businesses.  —  On Nov. 1, 2005, Microsoft Corp. previewed for the first time two new software-based service offerings called Windows Live™ and Microsoft Office Live.
Danny / Danny Ayers, Raw Blog:
Microsoft Unplugged  —  How the mighty have fallen.  —  Dan Farber:
Discussion: PC World's Techlog and
Mary Jo Foley /
Microsoft 'Live': 'Hailstorm' Take 2
Associated Press:
Grandpa Is Sued Over Grandson's Downloads  —  MILWAUKEE - A 67-year-old man who says he doesn't even like watching movies has been sued by the film industry for copyright infringement after a grandson of his downloaded four movies on their home computer.  —  The Motion Picture Association …
Red Herring:
Sprint, Cable Hit Prime Time  —  Carrier and operators will invest in 'grand slam' services and coordinated distribution to 75 million U.S. homes.  —  Sprint Nextel, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Advance/Newhouse launched a joint venture on Wednesday that will cooperate …
Discussion: Techdirt and broadband
SGI Securities to Cease NYSE Trading  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (November 1, 2005)—SGI announced today that it has been advised by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that its common stock - ticker symbol SGI - and its 6.5% Senior Secured Convertible Notes due June 1, 2009 - ticker symbol SGI 09 …
Andrew Orlowski /
SGI delisted, becomes penny stock
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Massive Frontal PR is incompatible with Ship Early and Often  —  Microsoft's new (beta!) portal page,, doesn't work in Firefox, and doesn't work too great in IE either.  The first thing I used it for was to search for "firefox market share."  —  Like every search engine, you get a list of search results.
Byte of the Apple  —  And Speaking of Things Michael Dell Said About Apple  —  And while I'm thinking of Michael Dell, something else he said about Apple - this much more recently - came to mind following Apple's release last week of a new round of PowerMac G5 and PowerBook portable computers.
Barry Fox /
Invention: Coffee beer  —  For over 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled the world's weird and wonderful patent applications each week, digging out the most exciting, intriguing and even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is available exclusively online.  —  Read previous Invention round-ups:
SEC FILES EMERGENCY ACTION AGAINST ESTONIAN TRADERS TO STOP ONGOING FRAUDULENT HACKING SCHEME  —  Foreign Traders Used Computerized "Spider" Program to Fraudulently Steal Nonpublic Issuer Press Release Information from Commercial Wire Service  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission …
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Think Partnership Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire UK-based Web Diversity LLC  —  NORTHBROOK, Ill.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Nov. 2, 2005—  Headquartered in London and poised to expand into Hong Kong, Web  —  Diversity will work with THK's Smart Interactive operations in the
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Michele / Kevin Kelly:
Poly Business Card Book  —  I present to you my low-tech solution to a common hassle: what to do with all those business cards you collect?  If I were an organized person I would purchase one of those nifty electronic card-scanners and input the card's data into my contact software.
Mark Glaser / Online Journalism Review:
Is the bubble back in online media?  —  Venture capitalists and Big Media are showing intense interest in blogs, social media and highly trafficked content sites.  Are we reliving dot-com mania?  —  The New York Times bought  Dow Jones bought MarketWatch.  The Washington Post bought Slate.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog

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