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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 …
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Blu-ray, HP at odds over high-def DVD launch plan  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Blu-ray Disc group, which aims to set the standard for next-generation DVDs, on Wednesday said it would not adopt a proposal from Hewlett-Packard Co. by the launch of the technology, leading the PC maker …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq and HD Beat
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
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
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 …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Immunize Yourself Against Sony's Dangerous Uninstaller
Discussion: Copyfight and Boing Boing
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
Rafat /
Cingular Launching Live Ticker Service; MediaNet Improvement  —  Cingular is announcing some major enhancements to its mobile content services: it is launching a news ticker service called Live Ticker, which sends scrolling text and images to the bottom of cell phone screens.
Discussion: MobHappy and Engadget
Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily:   New Cingular Service Puts Scrolling News Onto Phone Screens
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 …
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft strikes deal for cable-ready Media Center PCs  —  Software giant partnered with Cable Television Laboratories, a cable-research consortium  —  Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) Corp. Wednesday edged one step closer to its vision of offering a complete home digital entertainment …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Kasper Jade /
Even smaller iPod shuffle may debut in January  —  A second-generation iPod shuffle digital music player from Apple Computer will be noticeably smaller than the existing model and could see an introduction as early as January, says one Wall Street analyst.  —  "We are hearing …
Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
Unpacking the Xbox 360; hot unboxing action  —  We received our Xbox 360 review unit today and want to share with you the unboxing ritual that has become commonplace whenever sites receive hot new products.  We'll be refreshing this post regularly over the next couple hours, so keep a finger over that refresh key!
Discussion: Weblogs, Inc. and HD Beat

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