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7:15 PM ET, August 9, 2006

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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Homeland Security: Fix your Windows  —  In a rare alert, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged Windows users to plug a potential worm hole in the Microsoft operating system.  —  The agency, which also runs the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) …
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechBlog
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dhs.gov:
DHS Recommends Security Patch to Protect Against a Vulnerability Found In Windows Operating Systems  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recommending that Windows Operating Systems users apply Microsoft security patch MS06-040 as quickly as possible.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Another hefty patch month for Microsoft
Discussion: InfoWorld and Bink.nu
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft to Tighten the Genuine Advantage Screws  —  In a further expansion of its anti-piracy program, Microsoft is building more 'Genuine' checks directly into Windows Vista, and is expanding the program to target not just consumers, but PC makers and system builders.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Another WGA failure  —  I just experienced a Windows Genuine Advantage failure.  Only it's not a false positive, like the horror stories I've been hearing for nearly two months now.  No, this one was a false negative.  The whole story says a lot about how Microsoft is approaching the WGA issue.
USA Today:
Children less likely to encounter online predators  —  Despite the rise of social networking sites such as MySpace, a smaller percentage of young people are being sexually solicited online than five years ago.  —  But children ages 10 to 17 are being increasingly bombarded with online porn …
Discussion: Techdirt, Rough Type and Ypulse
InfoWorld: Top News:
Leopard's top-secret secrets  —  (InfoWorld) - When you watch a Steve Jobs keynote from home, you only get about two-thirds of the value.  For one, there's usually complimentary orange juice and danish on the way into the hall.  For another, you get to go hyper-nerd obsessive on every observable detail.
Discussion: Macworld and Ted's Radio Weblog
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
CDs Find Their Way Into Papers  —  A Santa Monica company is packaging movie previews, music samples, interviews and ads with Sunday editions.  —  Most newspapers have built their long-term growth strategies around the Internet.  But a Santa Monica company is betting that an old piece of new technology …
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Howard W. French / New York Times:
Chinese Tech Buffs Slake Thirst for U.S. TV Shows  —  For the past year and a half, said Ding Chengtai, a recent university graduate, friends have wondered why he seems to have disappeared.  —  Mr. Ding, 23, an Internet technology expert for a large Chinese bank, chuckled at the thought.
Rocky Mountain News:
Sony Fights to Define the PSP  —  The PlayStation Portable was born a thing of entertainment convergence, a portable gaming device that would let people play games, watch movies, listen to music and surf the net.  —  But somewhere on the way from announcement to the hands of gamers, the PSP dropped the multimedia ball.
Discussion: Techdirt, PSP Fanboy, Slashdot and Kotaku
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
The BlackBerry Pearl: 8100 gets a name  —  What was once known as the BlackBerry Stealth, then as the BlackBerry 8100, is now known as the BlackBerry Pearl.  That's right, RIM's first cameraphone with media capabilities and external storage is coming to T-Mobile on September 18th.
Jeffrey Burt / eWEEK.com:
Engineers: DC Power Saves Data Center Dough  —  Engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and about 20 technology vendors this month will wrap up a demonstration that they said shows DC power distribution in the data center can save up to 15 percent or more on energy consumption and cost.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Flash Turns 10  —  Flash, the premiere platform for presenting audio and video on the web, turns 10 years old Tuesday.  Over the last decade, the technology has grown from a simple sketch tool to a near-ubiquitous rich media application used by sites like MySpace.com, YouTube and Google Video …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Vista speech recognition screencast: It works!  —  Surprise surprise.  Windows Vista speech recognition actually works.  Contrary to what MSNBC criticize as a 'wreck', the speech recognition technology is well developed and highly usable.  I got my hands on the July CTP build (5472) …
Discussion: Teching It Easy and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Asterisk Creator Gets Venture Backing  —  Digium, the company that spawned open source PBX and telephony software, Asterisk, has received $13.8 million in Series A funding from Boston-based telecom specialist venture fund, Matrix Partners.  —  Digium is the latest amongst a growing list …
Bob Parsons / Hot Points:
GoDaddy pulls its IPO filing!  Why I decided to pull it.  —  We just finished our best quarter - ever!  —  This decision comes after the best quarter in the company's history.  During this 2nd quarter The Go Daddy Group Inc. had GAAP revenue of $56,985,000, a net accounting loss of $733,000 …
Michael Sippey / Everything TypePad:
Introducing TypePad Mobile  —  Today we're excited to announce the release of TypePad Mobile, a free application for your Palm, Windows Mobile or Symbian Series 60 smartphone that lets you post photos and entries to your TypePad blogs and photo albums with just a few clicks.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, PalmAddicts and Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Interview with Sun's Tim Bray and Radia Perlman - Part 1: Web history and future, P2P  —  To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the World Wide Web, today I interviewed two distinguished people from Sun Microsystems - Tim Bray (Director of Web Technologies) and Radia Perlman (Distinguished Engineer).
Discussion: TechSpot, digg and Slashdot
 
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Q&A: The Future of Speech Technologies
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sec.gov:
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Mike / Techdirt:
GoDaddy's IPO Yanked Just As Quickly As Its Superbowl Ad
Staci / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Viacom Acquires Atom Entertainment For $200 Million
Discussion: VC Ratings
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
Roll Your Own SXSW
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google and U.C. sign contract to digitize books
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Fundamentally, WiMax Is Meant for Licensed Bands
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EBay lawsuit reveals foibles of site feedback
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
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Chartreuse / BETA:
The Big Difference Between Old And New
Ed Batista:
Killing Your Persona  —  Jason Calacanis is an Internet entrepreneur …
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
The Value of Web Standards
Discussion: JD on EP
Mary Himinkool / Google Talkabout:
Google Talk on the mylo
John Furrier / PodTech Network Blog:
Mobile Podcasting Not There Yet - It's Starting to Happen..