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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.
David Richards /
$125 Laptop To Be Launched This Month
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.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Sony made an unpopular product decision and got …
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.
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 …
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Blu-ray, HP at odds over high-def DVD launch plan
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq and HD Beat
Ken Belson / New York Times:
New Dispute in Technology for Next Generation of DVD's
Xbox 360: Good, but not great  —  The first of the next gen video game machines hits store shelves next week.  Should you get one?  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - For gaming's most enthusiastic fans, the question of whether to get an Xbox 360 was answered long ago.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Maxine Shen / Yahoo! News:
DON'T BUY THE XBOX 360  —  THE buzz started six months ago.  There's Bill Gates on the cover of Time magazine in May, with a glowing green-and-white machine.  "Inside Bill's New Xbox" it screamed.  —  Since then, the Xbox 360 - a sequel to Microsoft's Xbox video-game unit …
Discussion: Kotaku
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.
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Not Again!  Uninstaller for Other Sony DRM Also Opens Huge Security Hole  —  I have good news and bad news about Sony's other CD DRM technology, the SunnComm MediaMax system.  (For those keeping score at home, Ed and I have written a lot recently about Sony's XCP copy protection technology …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Mapping a revolution with 'mashups'  —  Even before Google gave its blessing, Paul Rademacher was hacking away at the code behind its mapping application so he could mix it with outside real estate data and see exactly where homes listed for sale were located in the San Francisco area.
Keith Reed / Boston Globe:
Boston tech consultant Yankee Group is sold  —  Equity firm, local executive are the buyers  —  Boston technology consultant Yankee Group Research Inc. has a new owner — again.  —  Alta Communications, a Boston private equity firm that specializes in media and telecommunications investments …
Peter Kafka / Forbes:
EMI Says Apple's Jobs Will Change ITunes Pricing  —  Life is complicated, but Apple Computer's iTunes store is pretty simple: Download a song, pay 99 cents.  Consumers have done that more than 600 million times since Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs opened the online music store in 2003.
Google Blogoscoped:
Matt Cutts, Google's Gadgets Guy  —  Matt Cutts works at the Googleplex and at his blog writes about Google, search engine optimization traps and whatever comes to his mind that won't "waste people's time."  Of all the Googlers around who have blogs, Matt might be the most outspoken when it comes …
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.

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