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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shoposphere Just Launched  —  Yahoo Shoposphere launches tonight (well, officially at 6 am EST tomorrow, but I've gotten permission to write about it tonight).  I met with Rob Solomon, Yahoo's GM of Shopping, and Sabrina Crider, a Yahoo PR Manager, last week to take it for a test drive.
Yahoo! Search blog:
Social Commerce via the Shoposphere & Pick Lists  —  Today we released the Shoposphere and Pick Lists beta, plus enhancements to our core shopping search capabilities, which we hope you'll try out during your holiday gift-giving spree.  —  The Shoposphere and Pick Lists are examples of social commerce.
Ethan /
Google: Start acting like a real business or you're doomed  —  Zvents is an Urchin hosted customer.  Yes, customer, as in we pay Google $200 per month to provide our web stats to us.  We have been very happy with the quality of the tools that Urchin provides, but intermittently unhappy …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics Swings at Measure Map  —  Google took the wrapper off Analytics today.  It is a rebranding of their Urchin acquisition from earlier this year.  —  It works in much the same way as MeasureMap - using it requires the addition of javascript into a couple of files on your blog.
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft eyes making desktop apps free  —  Even as Microsoft readies a host of new ad-supported online services to battle rivals, the software maker has been mulling a plan to offer free, ad-supported versions of some of its desktop products, CNET has learned.
USA Today:
Sony to pull controversial CDs, offer swap  —  LOS ANGELES — Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Monday it will pull some of its most popular CDs from stores in response to backlash over copy-protection software on the discs.  (Related item: Firestorm rages over lockdown on digital music)
Stuart Miles /
Microsoft reveals face plate designs for Xbox 360  —  14 November 2005 - The Xbox 360 is nearly here and to tease us even more, Microsoft has revealed a range of easily interchangeable Faceplates, which enable gamers to personalise their console to match their individual style or living room surroundings.
Discussion: The Gadgets Blog
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:   Xbox 360 In The House (For Reals)
Chris Marlowe / Reuters:
Virgin flashes Red Pass for digital music  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Virgin Group Ltd. on Monday is set to launch Virgin Digital Red Pass, the latest choice in the increasingly competitive field of comprehensive subscription music services.  In addition to its library and package …
Discussion: Digital Tech Life and Engadget
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Mini-Porn Could Be Mega-Business  —  Video IPods, Cell Phones Provide New Vehicles for Adult Industry  —  Apple Computer Inc. took 20 days to reach 1 million downloads of video files from its online store; the Web site SuicideGirls, offering free videos of unclothed models, hit the mark in about a week.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
VPN flaw threatens Internet traffic  —  A flaw in a key Internet security protocol used by major networking products could open systems up to denial-of-service and other kinds of attacks, experts have warned.  —  Finnish researchers at the University of Oulu announced Monday that they have found …
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Krause Taylor Associates Spams Bloggers  —  Back in July when I half-jokingly suggested that we create An Email Blacklist of Technology PR Agencies, it stirred up quite a bit of discussion on my site and among PR bloggers.  [See Bloglines citations and Technorati links.]
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Paul Bond / Reuters:
Study finds TiVo losing ground among DVR users  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - TiVo Inc. has created a digital video recorder with a name that has worked its way into the American lexicon, but its reputation among users and would-be users is beginning to erode amid generic competitors …
Discussion: IT Facts
Ina Fried / CNET
Gates to tout Microsoft's supercomputing move  —  Bill Gates plans on Tuesday to announce Microsoft's foray into the world of supercomputing, though its first operating system for computer clusters remains in beta testing.  —  Gates is slated to speak at the SC05 supercomputing conference …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Tags  —  Amazon is integrating user tagging into product pages (see image below).  —  Tags are public by default and can be managed under a "your tags" area that I am failing to find.  You must first select a "Real Name" (odd choice of names given the old company called RealNames).

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