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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 …
David Richards /
$125 Laptop To Be Launched This Month
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.
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
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
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 and Joystiq
Ken Belson / New York Times:
New Dispute in Technology for Next Generation of DVD's
Business Week:
E-Mail Is So Five Minutes Ago  —  It's being replaced by software that promotes real-time collaboration  —  Darren Lennard is a managing director in the London offices of European-based investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.  Like many of the 21 traders he manages, Lennard is young …
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 …
USA Today:
Edward C. Baig: Personal Tech - Latest iMac lets you control it from sofa  —  Apple Computer is the latest tech powerhouse to stake a claim to your living room.  Its new iMac G5 computers, unveiled last month in the shadow of the video iPod introduction, are all about enjoying your digital treasures …
MEDIA FUTURES: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE  —  A Story in Five Parts:  —  Wall Street Meets Madison Avenue  —  Problem: Marketing is Inefficient  —  Solution: /ROOT Markets is a Financial Exchange for Consumer Leads  —  How the Securitization of Mortgages Opened Up the Housing Market for Consumers
Ryan / Ryan Sholin's J-School Blog:
A VISIT FROM THE SCOBLEIZER...  I just got out of a meeting with some of the JMC faculty and Robert Scoble.  —  I was glad to see most of the right people there, asking all of the right questions.  —  Here are the important takeaways, in my opinion:  —  Context-based advertising is a real live source of revenue.
Discussion: Steve Sloan … and Scobleizer
Microsoft Enhances Phishing Protection for Windows, MSN and Microsoft Windows Live Customers  —  Cyota Inc., Internet Identity and MarkMonitor to provide phishing Web site data for Microsoft Phishing Filter and SmartScreen Technology services.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 17, 2005 …
Discussion: IEBlog and Download Squad
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 …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Shop-Till-You-Drop Specials, Revealed Here First  —  For retailers, the day after Thanksgiving is a painstakingly orchestrated affair.  —  Prices are scientifically slashed, down to the penny.  Sales begin at dawn.  And glossy circulars containing the well-laid plans are distributed …
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 …
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
TV networks say digital recorders raise viewership  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Far from being the TV doomsday machines that some have predicted, digital video recorders that allow viewers to skip advertising and watch shows at their leisure will actually boost television audiences, the major networks said on Wednesday.

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