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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)
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Sony's Web-Based Uninstaller Opens a Big Security Hole; Sony to Recall Discs  —  [This post was co-written by J. Alex Halderman and Ed Felten.]  —  Over the weekend a Finnish researcher named Muzzy noticed a potential vulnerability in the web-based uninstaller that Sony offers to users …
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.
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.
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 …
Joseph Jaffe / Jaffe Juice:
Just your ordinary dinner at Mikes  —  My head's still spinning (and it's not because of the Stella) I just got back from the most awesome dinner with Robert Scoble, Buzz Bruggeman, Andy Ruff, Bill Daul and guest of honor, Doug Engelbart, inventor of Groupware....and the Mouse (not Mickey, but clickey)
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
#29: I gave Douglas Englebart a mouse and a book
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Is Friendster up for sale?  —  Friendster, the former high-flying social network, has hired a banker to shop itself around for a buyer, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The San Francisco-based company has hired Montgomery & Co., a boutique investment banking firm in Santa Monica …
Discussion: and SearchViews
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Friendster up for salester
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 …
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.
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
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.
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)
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Nate Osborne / Big Nerd Ranch Weblog:
Mac OS/Linux/Windows Single Sign-On  —  Centralized authentication greatly simplifies network administration.  This post teaches how to log in to a Mac or Linux computer using centrally managed user accounts from a Windows Active Directory domain controller.
Discussion: MacSlash
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Pheedo Intros RSS Analytics Tool  —  Pheedo is today expected to introduce an RSS analytics product designed to help publishers eliminate some of the guesswork involved in tracking user behaviors in that channel.  —  The new tool, similar to one now offered by FeedBurner …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger

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