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John Leyden / The Register:
First Trojan using Sony DRM spotted  —  Virus writers have begun taking advantage of Sony-BMG's use of rootkit technology in DRM software bundled with its music CDs.  —  Sony-BMG's rootkit DRM technology masks files whose filenames start with "$sys$".  A newly-discovered variant …
Paul F. Roberts /
Microsoft 'Concerned' by Sony DRM  —  Microsoft Corp. is concerned about rootkit features in CDs from Sony BMG artists and is evaluating the situation to see if any action needs to be taken, a spokesperson said.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software maker said that the security of its customers' information is a …
First Trojan Using Sony DRM Detected
Discussion: Ego Food and Spyware Confidential
Mark Russinovich / Mark's Sysinternals Blog:
Sony: You Don'T Reeeeaaaally Want To Uninstall, Do You?
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Google is Building Yahoo 2.0  —  In his posting titled Reading the Google Tea Leaves, Tristan compares various product offerings from Google against those of the "big three" (AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo!) and concludes: … I've been giving a much shorter verbal version of his post for many months now.
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Tis A Season To Copy  —  Just came back from the best Starbucks on the planet - the one outside 50 California Street.  They are all decked out already with holiday trimmings, and that put me in a jolly mood.  Hence the headline!  With enough caffeine pumping, let me take a gander at one of the most provacative headlines of the day.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Mary Hodder / Napsterization:
Intelliseek: Using the Outdated Terminology... It's Users, Not Consumers  —  Updated: I've added this post on using the term, 'Amateur' to describe those who 'lovingly create media' instead of professional.  Check it out as well.  And it was Kevin Marks idea.
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Not consumers or users, but amateurs
Discussion: Napsterization
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Riya Eases Pain of Pile of Pix  —  The field of online photo-sharing sites is becoming pretty crowded, but a new service hopes to distinguish itself by automating the tedious job of tagging pictures by using artificial intelligence and face-recognition technology.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Meetup #4 - Riya Launch Party  —  Riya is holding its launch party here at the TechCrunch house next Friday, November 18, 2005.  If you are in the area, make sure to drop by.  Our last party/meetup was a blowout and I expect this one to be even bigger.
Riva Richmond /
UPDATE: Google Weighing Test Of Print Ads In Newspapers  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Google Inc. (GOOG) is considering testing print advertisements in Chicago newspapers, in a sign that the Internet giant, to date seen primarily as a threat to traditional media, could also become an ally.
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Katamari creator dreams of playgrounds  —  A man widely considered to be one of the most imaginative and creative figures in the world of video games has bad news for his fans.  —  He cannot see a long-term future in making games.  Instead the creator of the bizarre, surreal Katamari Damacy game wants to design playgrounds.
Discussion: Joystiq
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Paying attention to the post-memo blogs  —  In the aftermath of the Ray Ozzie and Bill Gates memos and emails I am seeing a few trends in the reaction.  Five blogs in particular got my attention:  —  1) Steve Gillmor's Don't Mention It  —  2) Joshua Porter's Why Should I Trust Microsoft with My Attention Metadata?
Paul Thurrott /
Exclusive: Microsoft Hits Windows Vista Beta 2 Delays  —  Sources at the company told me this week that Microsoft will soon delay the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 from December 7, 2005 to sometime in January or February 2006.  However, because the Vista development schedule is extremely time constrained …
Discussion: and
Nintendo hints at coming price war  —  Revolution may lowball competitors to help attract consumer eyes.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - While the Xbox 360 is going to be dominating the media spotlight for the next few weeks (and possibly months) …
Discussion: Infendo, Joystiq and Kotaku
Simson Garfinkel / Wired News:
Microsoft's Secret Bug Squasher  —  It turns out that a good portion of all those Windows crashes over the years are not caused by the operating system itself, but by buggy device drivers — low-level pieces of code that allow the operating system to communicate with external devices …
IBM, Sony, Philips form Linux alliance  —  New organization could help ease the adoption of Linux, challenging Microsoft's software dominance.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Three of the world's biggest electronics companies — IBM, Sony and Philips — have joined forces …
Rkuo / SnapStream Blog:
Beyond TV 4 now available  —  Oh yes, it's here.  —  We've covered some of what's new in Beyond TV 4 in previous blogs, so if you need the quick rundown of what's been going on, check out our previous posts:  —  Beyond TV 4, coming to a website near you  —  New HDTV PVR products bundled with Beyond TV

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