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Richard MacManus / Read/Write Web:
Portals 2.0 flesh out their product lines  —  Tristan Louis has compiled some excellent comparison charts of products across the Big 4 Internet companies - Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL [nb: Tristan's site was down when I checked, but you can also access his post here on Google cache].
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 …
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
Discussion: Open Source
Jeff Nolan / Venture Chronicles:
Shai on Open Source, Oracle
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
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
Mobile phones making a monkey out of Japanese  —  Going bananas over mobile phones for so many years is turning Japanese into monkeys, according to Sapio (11/23).  —  Nobuo Masataka, a professor at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute and author of the monster best seller …
Discussion: MobHappy, Gizmodo and Boing Boing
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.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
And the Emmy for Best Actor on iPods Goes to ...  LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 - The newest award in broadcasting excellence gives new meaning to the line Gloria Swanson made famous in "Sunset Boulevard": "I am big.  It's the pictures that got small."  —  The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences …
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: Joystiq and Kotaku
Business Week:
How digg Uncovers the News  —  The founders of the wildly popular tech-news site explain how their mass of users sift and rank stories.  Now they've got expansion plans  —  Overwhelmed by the fast-multiplying amount of content on the Web?  Breathe easy: could provide some guidance, and some relief.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and
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
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Battelle talk at Search SIG  —  The Search SIG event tonight was very good.  In the first segment Dan Farber interviewed John Battelle on his new book, The Search.  I've read the book and so a lot of what was said wasn't new, but John did mention one thing that I had missed …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Flashpoint
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.
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: Seattle startup to offer online news, etc.  —  Newsvine Inc. is looking to transform the way people write, edit and consume online news — a tall order given that deep-pocketed companies such as Google, News Corp. and E.W. Scripps Co. are trying to do the same thing.

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