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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
DHS Official Weighs In on Sony  —  A high-ranking Bush administration official weighed in Thursday on anti-piracy efforts domestically and abroad, indirectly chastising Sony BMG Music Entertainment for its digital rights management (DRM) software, which computer security analysis …
Joris Evers / CNET
Sony halts production of 'rootkit' CDs  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Friday that it will suspend production of CDs with copy-protection technology that has been exploited by virus writers to try to hide their malicious code on PCs.  —  The decision by the music label comes after 10 days …
Sony BMG pulls CD software  —  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Music publisher Sony BMG said on Friday it would stop making CDs that use a controversial technology to protect its music against illegal copying.  —  "As a precautionary measure, Sony BMG is temporarily suspending the manufacture …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
SonyBMG DRM Customer Survival Kit
Robert Lemos /
Sony to stop making protected CDs
Discussion: Engadget
Mitch Ratcliffe / RatcliffeBlog:
Measuring podcasts: The right first step  —  Measuring podcasts: … Jeff Jarvis makes the point that defined Audible's effort to produce a tool that supports a broad range of business models, ignoring the fact that the technology doesn't do what he says it should.
Discussion: and Scripting News
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Audible announces they've got a way to tell how many times a podcast has been listened to.
Discussion: RatcliffeBlog
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Can You Stay GYM Free?  —  Today at SearchSIG, Google was mentioned once every five minutes!  Wow.... lets admit it, whether we hate them, or we love them, we do love to talk about them.  Them being Google, Yahoo and Microsoft aka GYM.  What would happen if the blogsphere decided …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Liberalcowboy / Jack of All Blogs:
10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging  —  Keeping to our policy of being controversial and well just plain silly.  We rank the 10 most powerful women in the blogging industry  —  1. Ana Marie Cox ( of Gawker Media has done everything right in her blogging career.
Discussion: SearchViews and Joi Ito's Web
Vidiot /
Plagiarism at the San Francisco Chronicle  —  It's disappointing to write this post, yet I've been itching to write it for the past week or so.  And I keep starting it, not liking what I've written, and abandoning what I've got, then re-starting it.  —  What am I talking about?
Discussion: Metafilter
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Full Metal Jacket  —  I have, for several years, subscribed to the theory that those who are mostly desk-bound should buy the cheapest laptop they can get by with and the most expensive desktop system they can afford.  One reason is the idea that laptops — slower and more fragile — aren't really worth a big investment.
Discussion: MacSlash and The Tao of Mac
Susan Kuchinskas /
Amazon Gets Patents on Consumer Reviews  —  Review your local dry cleaner, pay $10 million?  —  User reviews are a hot new content area, being used by Google (Quote, Chart), Yahoo (Quote, Chart) and MSN to sweeten their local search results.  But as of Thursday, such consumer reviews …
Discussion: AC/OS
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Gas pipe broadband?  —  Imagine accessing the Internet over the same pipe that provides you with natural gas for cooking.  —  It may sound nuts today, but a San Diego company called Nethercomm is developing a way to use ultra wideband wireless signals to transmit data at broadband speeds through natural-gas pipes.
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft's ad pitch underpins Net moves  —  Microsoft's grand ambitions for free services rest on one thing: its ability to get to know you better.  —  The company has outlined a whole host of things it would like to offer as part of its "Live" services effort.
Jason Silverman / Wired News:
Machinima Marches Toward Amusing  —  Machinima is growing up — finally.  —  This weekend, the Machinima Film Festival and the Mackies — the form's somewhat-annual awards ceremony — will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.  —  Anyone who has watched …
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP's Shai Agassi on Oracle's 'folly' and the shift to services  —  Shai Agassi, president of the Product and Technology Group and a member of the Executive Board at SAP AG, fielded questions from New York Times tech reporter John Markoff and the audience during an early morning Churchill Club event on Wednesday.
Tom Sanders /
SAP dismisses open source innovation
Robert X. Cringely /
Paper War  —  Microsoft Is Leaking Internal Documents to Make Us Think They Have a Plan  —  Oscar Wilde said that the only thing worse than people talking about you is people NOT talking about you, and it must have been with this in mind that Microsoft recently "leaked" …
Rachel A. Weintraub /
STEREO Spacecraft Arrive at NASA Goddard for Final Testing  —  The two Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft arrive at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. on Nov. 9 for major testing as they near completion.  Set to launch in Spring 2006 …
Coming Soon: The Sun in 3-D
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
Gartner: Ignore Vista until 2008 … There is no compelling reason to rush into upgrading to the next version of Windows, says Gartner  —  Companies shouldn't rush to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista, according to analysts at Gartner, who believe most firms could safely hold back until 2008.
Discussion: Andre
Tom Loftus / MSNBC:
'King Kong' game raises emotional stakes  —  Game maker aims for thrills and chills — but some tears and sorrow, as well  —  There's no love lost between King Kong and this TRex.  —  Ubisoft game producer Xavier Poix is hoping for a certain response from gamers when they play …
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Kotaku

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