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4:49 AM ET, June 28, 2006

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is Microsoft about to release a Windows "kill switch"? … Two weeks ago, I wrote about my serious objections to Microsoft's latest salvo in the war against unauthorized copies of Windows.  Two Windows Genuine Advantage components are being pushed onto users' machines with insufficient notification …
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Windows Genuine Advantage Bolsters Frontline in Anti-Piracy Fight  —  Update to the WGA Notifications program introduces changes based on customer feedback.  —  REDMOND, Wash., June 27, 2006 - Every year, millions of consumers and businesses are hurt by counterfeit software.
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Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
His Space … Perched on the edge of a bright white power sofa on the supernaturally quiet eighth floor of the News Corporation's global headquarters, the last thing Rupert Murdoch looks like is a fire-eyed revolutionary.  Starched cuffs.  Courtly manner.  A month past his 75th birthday.
Discussion: Perceptric Forum and ben barren
Next Generation:
THE TEN GREATEST YEARS IN GAMING  —  In the 30 years or so since videogames came into being as consumer products, we reckon ten truly stand-out as memorable, offering innovation and excitement.  Here's Next-Gen.Biz's not-to-be-missed-list including a history of our industry...
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Ignoring the "Great Firewall of China"  —  The Great Firewall of China is an important tool for the Chinese Government in their efforts to censor the Internet.  It works, in part, by inspecting web traffic to determine whether or not particular words are present.
Discussion: Emergent Chaos
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside PeopleAggregator  —  Marc Canter's much anticipated PeopleAggregator is starting to roll out, password protection is scheduled to be removed Wednesday around noon Pacific time.  PeopleAggregator is the product of 3 years of self funded work by Canter to bridge the gap between …
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking for Bookworms  —  If bookcases are a way to casually display interests dear to the owner, the Internet throws open the doors on reading habits.  Social-networking and book retailers' sites are already rife with lists of readers' favorite material, allowing people to compare notes on taste and compatibility.
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Comcast Buys Digital Media Services Firm ThePlatform  —  Exclusive: Comcast Interactive, the internet arm of cable giant Comcast, has bought out Seattle-based digital media services provider thePlatform, paidContent.org has learned from sources.  ThePlatform CEO Ian Blaine confirmed the deal to me in a short phone call.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Walkie Talkie Watches  —  Another Walkie Talkie Watch, but this time not quite so nerdy looking.  These watches were worn by the Norwegian Olympic Team during the last Winter Olympics, which means they're decent enough for people who need things to work—whatever that means.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Ubergizmo
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Digg 3  —  Overview Preview User Opinions Compare  —  CNET editors' take  —  Digg allows users to rank news stories, blog entries, and videos from all over the Web.  Like an ambitious high-school geek determined to get hip with the in crowd, the latest version of this social content aggregator attempts …
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Arthur O. Suzlberger, Jr: The New York Times Company has the 'dough' online  —  Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman, The New York Times Company and Publisher, The New York Times, is confident in the economic potential of interactive media, particularly for The New York Times Company.
Discussion: Beet.TV and MocoNews.net
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TED conference releases its video, awesome stuff  —  Really great video content was just released by the TED conference.  I've never been to this conference, but it has a huge reputation and if you look at the speakers you'll see why.  Hans Rosling, for instance, has an amazing data visualization talk.
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Password-protected bullets  —  For more than 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is exclusively online.  Scroll down for a round-up of previous Invention articles.
blackberryforums.pinstack.com:
3rd Party Software  —  Aftermarket software.  Download, share and upload applications.  —  Thread Tools  —  Stack Pro  —  PIN: 20405A18  —  Stacked: Feb 2006  —  Screen Shots: SonaMobile video player in action!!!  —  Sorry, the quality might not be all that great …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and I4U News
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Shopping Comparison Site Offers New Ad Model  —  The notion that the Web has put consumers in control is something many marketers are grappling with, and now a new comparison shopping engine has based its ad revenue model on the idea.  —  Jellyfish acts like a reverse auction through …
Jensenh / Jensen Harris:
Let's Talk About Customization  —  One topic that has come up frequently in our private beta newsgroups as well as here in blog comments from time to time is the issue of customization.  —  As with every component of the Office 2007 user interface redesign, we put a lot of thought …
 
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
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CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: An Internet for the few or the many?
Jonathan Geller / Engadget Mobile:
Treo Nitro and Treo Lennon coming to Cingular in October
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Warner Bros. sells films via Guba.com
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Online Effort Is Planned Against Child Pornography