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Sunbelt BLOG:
New exploit blows by fully patched Windows XP systems  —  We saw a new nasty exploit yesterday around 5:00 PM.  This is a totally new exploit and is not the same one posted by FrSIRT back on 11/30/05.  —  We have a number of sites that we have found with this exploit.  Different sites download different spyware.
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Yahoo! Acquisitions since Overture  —  I had started a list of Yahoo! acquisitions a little before my recent post about Google purchases, when someone asked earlier this month at Cre8asite Forums about the companies that Yahoo! had bought.  While working on this list for Yahoo!, I was sidetracked, and wrote the Google post.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Chris Marlowe / Hollywood Reporter:
VH1, iFilm unspooling 'Web Junk'  —  MTV Networks' VH1 is launching the first programming initiative to result from the company's $49 million purchase of online video aggregator iFilm in October.  —  "Web Junk 20" is a weekly show based on clips and shorts that will be shown on VH1 and on-demand via VH1's broadband network VSpot.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET
Podcasts: A guy thing?  —  Chances are, if you've recorded a podcast in the last year, the people listening in were men.  —  A survey in December by Podtrac, a company that aims to connect podcasters and advertisers, showed that 78 percent of those who have ever listened to a podcast are male.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Love, VoIP-Style  —  Why AT&T CallVantage, the Internet phone service with the venerable telecom's name, stole my skeptical heart  —  The Good Features are rich and easy to use.  Call clarity can be better than a landline  —  The Bad Setup is tricky, but you go through it only once
Discussion: IP Democracy
New Apple products will be ODM by Quanta and Asustek  —  Apple computer will adopt Intel processor next year.  According to the understanding, the ODM order of new Apple notebook has been obtained by Quanta and Asustek.  —  It will help increasing the total production of first quarter next year for both companies.
Discussion: Om Malik on Broadband
Mike / Techdirt:
How Big A Problem Is Blog Plagiarism?  —  I'm always surprised when I see some well known blogger flip out over the fact that spam blogs are copying their content.  It's happened for many years — and happens to us all the time.  Is it annoying?  Absolutely.  However, is it worth making a big stink over it?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Omnidrive - Online Storage Perfection  —  I've been testing Omnidrive's very early beta product over the last few days.  Omnidrive will be launching in January, 2006.  —  I've spent hours with it (and previously posted a brief mention) - significantly more than I spend with most products.
Discussion: Squash and Nik Cubrilovic
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
10 Deals the New Year May Bring  —  Time Warner sells AOL?  Yahoo grabs Netflix?  SBC connects with BellSouth?  They're just some of the possibilities investors should be watching for in 2006  —  A powerful wave of mergers and acquisitions surged through the economy in 2005 …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Is Windows Vista too protective?  —  One of the most intriguing new features in Windows Vista is a major change in the way user accounts work.  Windows XP allows accounts to reside in either the Administrators group (where they have full control over the system, including the ability to install …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft, TechBlog and
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Read Most of O'Reilly's Hacks Books for Free Using Google  —  I am taking a break from my 2006 trends series tonight because a) I found an awesome hack I just had to share, b) I am lazy this week and c) I am in the mood to get Digged.  —  O'Reilly publishes a great series of books called the Hacks series.
Trump, "Penis Patch" in list of top 2005 junk mail  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ads mentioning real estate tycoon Donald Trump and those hawking "Penis Patch" body enhancements were among the top 10 junk e-mails in 2005, according to America Online.  —  Noticeably absent?  Porn.
Xbox 360 Powers All-New Nissan URGE Concept Car  —  Motorcycle-inspired roadster delivers a futuristic driving experience using "Project Gotham Racing 3."  —  DETROIT — Dec. 28, 2005 — Nissan North America Inc.(NNA) and Microsoft Corp. have merged automobile design and gaming technology …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Andy Dornan /
Will ISPs Quarantine You From the lnternet?  —  Microsoft is against ISPs doing anything that would restrict customers' right to run insecure software.  —  When the FCC announced it would deny independent ISPs access to the phone companies' wires as of August this year …

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