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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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Sony Finally Stops Producing Rootkits... Temporarily
Discussion: MobHappy
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
SonyBMG DRM Customer Survival Kit
Joris Evers / CNET
Sony halts production of 'rootkit' CDs
Donna Wentworth / Copyfight:
How You Can Help Stop Sony's DRM Abuse
Sony BMG pulls CD software
K.C. Jones /
Murder Suspect's Google Searches Spotlighted In Trial  —  4:54 PM EST Fri.  —  Prosecutors claim a Mac specialist on trial in connection with the killing of his wife did a Google search for the words: "neck snap break" and "hold" before she was killed.  —  Robert Petrick …
Discussion: Things That and Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld /
The Flickrization of Yahoo  —  If social search pans out, it could give Yahoo a much-needed edge over Google.  Google takes an automated approach to search, throwing armies of Ph.D.s and thousands of servers at the problem.  It wants to make search more relevant by creating better algorithms.
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" …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Troy Norcross / Mobile Marketing & SPAM:
Faster and faster - Carnival of the Mobilists 5 - Week 46  —  Welcome to Carnival of the Mobilists #5  —  The carnival is rapidly gaining speed and momentum and going ever faster and faster - and this is a good thing!  One of the great things about this is that there are a growing number of submissions every week.
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.
Ellie Gibson /
Epic proportions  —  Mark Rein has been in the news more than he'd perhaps like lately.  The Epic Games vice president is a man who likes to talk, and a man who's passionate about games - a combination which can sometimes get him into trouble.  —  First he was accused of saying next-generation games …
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Infendo and Kotaku
Don Phillips / New York Times:
Flight of Boeing's 777 Breaks Distance Record  —  LONDON, Nov. 10 — In a trip that included two sunrises, a new long-range Boeing 777 flew more than halfway around the world nonstop on Thursday, breaking an aviation distance record set by a B-52 bomber 43 years ago.
Rob Bushway / Tablet PC MVP:
Tablet Guy give away contest  —  You've seen all the blog entries about the famous Tablet Guy.  Well, I'm running a contest and will be giving away at least one Tablet Guy.  —  Here is the contest:  —  Write a short story that involves the Tablet Guy.  Use your imagination.
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: Scripting News and
Walter S. Mossberg /
Tempted by the Apple?  —  Add this column to your News Alerts (New!)  —  APPLE'S MACINTOSH COMPUTERS claim only a tiny share of the overall PC market, but they are getting more consideration from Windows users thinking of switching than at any time in many years.
Charles Cooper / CNET
Perspective: All the news that's fit to blog  —  A few unrelated items for your consideration:  —  • Last spring, an assembly of editors was asked how many of them knew who Craig Newmark was?  A few hands in the audience went up.  And how many had heard of Craigslist?  A few more people added their hands.
Oliver Starr / The Mobile Technology Weblog:
Verizon May Have "The Network" but the Customer Cares About Content  —  Watching Verizon's recent advertising campaign you'd think "The Network" was the holy grail of mobile telephony.  What else can explain the tens of millions of dollars that the company is obviously spending on promoting …
Discussion: MobHappy
Ingrid Marson / ZDNet:
Torvalds gets tough on kernel coders … Linus Torvalds has threatened that if developers add 'last-minute things' to the next version of the Linux kernel he will 'refuse to merge, and laugh in their faces derisively'  —  Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and the maintainer of the development kernel …
Discussion: digg

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