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8:10 PM ET, August 13, 2006

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Writer Zone:
Introducing Windows Live Writer  —  Welcome to the Windows Live Writer team blog!  —  Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service.  —  Blogging has turned the web into a two-way communications medium.
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Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Windows Live changes the way you write your blog  —  Whether you are a full time blogger or you are just blogging as a hobby, we all have a need for the same thing: an easy to use blog editor to publish our entries from.  Luckily, Microsoft recognized this need for a What You See is What You Get …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Writer  —  Microsoft launched Windows Live Writer today.  This is a free, downloadable application that runs on your Windows PC and allows you to write blog posts.  Don't bother clicking the link if you have a Mac, this is Windows PC software only.  Since I use a Mac, I won't be testing this software.
Chron.Com / TechBlog:
Just testing: Windows Live Writer  —  Well, what have we here?  Looks like Microsoft has released a beta version of a very slick blogging editor called Windows Live Writer.  I'm using it to write this post now, and so far I'm pretty impressed.  —  Let's see how it handles inserting images, such as a screenshot:
Discussion: LiveSide
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's antivirus package makes a splash
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Porn?  —  People watching Google Video closely noticed a change this week in the upload area - the restrictions on uploading "pornographic or obscene" material is now just a restriction on "obscene" material.  They've also added a "mature and adult" category to the genres and removed …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To See the New Google Video Interface  —  We mentioned that Google is testing out a new interface for watching videos in a post yesterday.  Razvan Antonescu, emailed me with a tip on how to see the new interface for yourself.  Google Blogoscoped also wrote about this.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Stephen Foley / Independent:
To google or not to google?  It's a legal question  —  Search engine's sense of humour crashes as it fires off warning letters over use of name as a verb  —  Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra "don't be evil", has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb.
J. D. Biersdorfer / New York Times:
How to Digitally Hide (Somewhat) in Plain Sight  —  "Searching illustrates the very nature of our lives online," says Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  If AOL's recent mishap with user search requests has you worried about who may be keeping track of your own Internet trail, you are probably not alone.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Wants to Depose Dead Defendant's Children; But Will Allow them 60 Days to "Grieve"  —  Just when we think we've heard it all....  In Michigan, in Warner Bros. v. Scantlebury, after learning that the defendant had passed away, the RIAA made a motion to stay the case for 60 days in order …
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Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
RIAA defendant dies, heirs given 60 days to grieve before depositions
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
OpenOffice.org security 'insufficient'  —  Researchers at French Ministry of Defense say vulnerabilities with open source office suite may rival those of Microsoft's version  —  With Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite now being targeted by hackers, researchers at the French Ministry of Defense …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband In The Boonies  —  Nearly two years ago, I wrote a piece about how broadband was helping folks work on their technology start-ups away from Silicon valley.  I had noticed many companies such as PMachine and Zoto. … That trend is now accelerating.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
RMX Direct: alternative ad networks battle for your blog  —  New York based RightMedia has launched a beta version of a new advertising system that lets website publishers participate in multiple ad networks and automatically display ads from whichever network will pay the highest price per impression …
gamesradar.com:
[PS3] See the next-gen consoles side-by-side for the first time!  —  We've got a PS3 - and here it is rubbing shoulders with Xbox 360 for the first time ever!  —  Created by Sony as an accurately proportioned replica, the PS3 model may be made entirely from wood, but it takes …
Discussion: Kotaku, Aeropause and Gizmodo
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Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Xbox And PS3 Side-By-Side Size Comparison
Discussion: Gadgetophile and Joystiq
BBC:
BBC plans clip-on digital radio  —  The BBC is drawing up plans for a plug-in gadget that turns MP3 players into digital radios.  —  Currently plans are at an early stage and there are no firm details for the capabilities of the gadget or how much it will cost.
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot and Tech Digest
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
8 Wonderful Google Games To Keep You Entertained & Busy  —  Warning: Google Games mentioned here may be highly addictive.  —  Toogle Search - Bill Gates - When you make a search on Toogle, it fetches the first images from Google images search and converts the picture into a colored ascii file made of only the search terms.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Google Ice Cream  —  One day, Google shareholders will stop putting up with stuff like this.  It's one thing to do it, and another to rub it in everyone's faces.  —  They'll argue internally that these perks make people want to come and work for them.  But every study I've ever read …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Nick / Rough Type:   Cold treats  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington takes a break …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Airline laptops  —  How are bored and anxious travelers going to manage 8-10-hour flights across the Atlantic with nothing to do — no computers, no iPods, no books, no nothing?  —  * I predict the airlines will have to start renting laptops if this keeps up.  —  * Why not lending libraries on the planes?
Discussion: A VC
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Are Microsoft's update servers broken?  —  On Tuesday, August 8, Microsoft released a total of 12 security updates for different versions of Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer.  One, MS06-040, is a vulnerability in the Windows Server service and affects all versions of Windows XP.
 
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Project Offset nabs publisher, looks for 360 programmer
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Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:
PSP price cut might be imminent