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Om Malik / On Broadband, VoIP …:
Google's Riya Designs?  —  Exclusive: To paraphrase a popular Bollywood ditty, Is Google singing O Riya!  O Riya!  —  Since this past Thursday, I have heard whispers that Riya, a Redwood City, California-based photo service is being courted by Google.  Now this rumor has been repeated …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Seeya Riya  —  It has been all the buzz over the last couple of days — and today in my meetings in the Valley it was whispered so many times you could have turned it into a drinking game — but I didn't want to post anything without someone giving confirmation.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google purchasing Riya?
Discussion: TechCrunch and ben barren
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Sony made an unpopular product decision and got its reputation incinerated by waves of flaming bloggers.  That's a lesson for other companies.  —  Sony's decision to withdraw its controversial copy-protected CDs followed weeks of flames by bloggers.  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment …
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Real Story of the Rogue Rootkit  —  It's a David and Goliath story of the tech blogs defeating a mega-corporation.  —  On Oct. 31, Mark Russinovich broke the story in his blog: Sony BMG Music Entertainment distributed a copy-protection scheme with music CDs that secretly installed a rootkit on computers.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Genuine Advantage supports Firefox  —  Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage program is an online validation process that enables you to verify that your copy of Windows XP is genuine (non-pirated).  You will be prompted to validate your copy of Windows if you request a genuine Windows download …
IEBlog:   Genuine Windows and Browsers
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
Digg Just Might Bury Slashdot  —  A hot new social-bookmarking site is deluging web servers all over the net with a tsunami of traffic — and is starting to make Slashdot-size waves.  —  Digg, a San Francisco news site compiled by its own readers, lists links to interesting new technology articles.
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Planning Intel-Ready iBook Debut for January  —  November 17, 2005 - Apple is planning to release its first entry-level iBook laptops with Intel processors next January at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, highly reliable sources have confirmed to Think Secret.
Discussion: Engadget and MacSlash
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Netflix Presents at Lehman Brothers Small Cap Conference  —  This post should not be construed as financial advice.  Davis Freeberg is both a shareholder and current customer of Netflix.  —  Barry McCarthy, the Chief Financial Officer of Netflix gave one of the best investor presentations I've ever heard …
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pen Gets a Whole Lot Mightier  —  THE holiday season may be a time for love, hope and all that jazz.  But let's face it: for millions of Americans, a big part of it is getting new toys.  —  Sometimes, "toys" means playthings for grownups, like iPods and flat-screen TV sets.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and I4U News
Wall Street Journal:
What the In-Crowd Knows  —  From Hollywood to Wall Street,  —  Our Guide to the Blogs  —  Insiders Read to Stay Current  —  The music industry has one, Wall Street bankers have several and even CPAs have come around.  —  No self-respecting industry these days is without a must-read blog.
Discussion: The Stalwart and Adrants
Barb Dybwad / Weblogs, Inc.:
Interview with a Blogger: Marc Orchant  —  We continue our Interview with a Blogger series with multiple Microsoft uber-blogger Marc Orchant.  —  How has it been at WIN?  —  It's been a wild ride.  In the early days of WIN, we had a lot fewer blogs and the growth has been astonishing to watch.
Stuart Miles /
MIT unveils $100 laptop to the world - PLUS IMAGES  —  17 November 2005 - MIT has unveiled its $100 hand-cranked laptop computer to the United Nations technology summit in Tunisia and said that it hopes to make millions of the devices to give to the poorest people in the world.
Colin Campbell /
Rare's Perfect Gamble  —  In order to guarantee Xbox 360 launch-day availability of flagship title Perfect Dark Zero, Microsoft sent the game to manufacture before it had passed certification.  —  You can read the most up-to-date game industry news, analysis and opinion every weekday morning here at www.Next-Gen.Biz.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku

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