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10:40 PM ET, September 7, 2006

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Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Quickest Patch Ever  —  If you really want to see Microsoft scramble to patch a hole in its software, don't look to vulnerabilities that impact countless Internet Explorer users or give intruders control of thousands of Windows machines.  Just crack Redmond's DRM.  —  Security patches used to be rare.
CNET News.com:
Reporters' records hacked in HP probe  —  update Two CNET News.com reporters' personal telephone records were accessed by a contractor hired by Hewlett-Packard to uncover the source of boardroom leaks to the media, according to the California attorney general's office.
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Elizabeth Montalbano / PC Advisor:
November release date looks safe  —  Early feedback from testers already using Windows Vista RC1 (Release Candidate 1) report that the OS (operating system) is more stable than expected, which bodes well for Microsoft's plan to have Vista out according to its current schedule.
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft hints at delay of Vista in Europe
Aija Lulle / Agence France Presse:
Latvians clutch sides and cry 'fowl' over Microsoft Vista
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
YouTube yearly revenue potential: Fred says $150M a year, I say $20M.  —  Fred does a great post on YouTube's revenue potential.  He takes the premise that if you put a 10 second pre-roll video on every video at a $15 CPM and split the earnings in a Google Adsense way you would wind up with a $150M a year business.
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Fred / A VC:
YouTube's Potential Revenue  —  I heard last week from a pretty good source that YouTube is serving 100 million videos per day.  Say what you will about YouTube's content (unlicensed, kids falling of skateboards, etc), that's a huge number.  And it got me thinking about how much revenue could be extracted from such an audience.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Amazon Unbox goes live  —  Amazon's movie download site, called Unbox, appears to have gone live today.  There's no link yet on the front page of Amazon, but the direct link at unbox.com works.  We covered early previews of the site last month.  Shows may be purchased or rented.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Amazon's Video Downloads About As Me Too (Read: Not Interesting) As You Can Get
Discussion: paidContent.org
Wall Street Journal:
New Facebook Features Have Members in an Uproar  —  Facebook.com, the popular social-networking Web site for students, is suddenly getting the cold shoulder on campus.  —  On Tuesday, in an effort to make it easier for users to keep track of their friends, the fast-growing site rolled out two new features …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and paidContent.org
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Washington Post:
In Online Social Club, Sharing Is the Point Until It Goes Too Far
Discussion: Lost Remote
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Veni, Vidi, Wiki  —  Wikipedia has edited its way into the big time.  —  The massive user-driven site is now the biggest encyclopedia in the world.  The mainstream media covers it extensively.  It was recently lampooned by The Onion and Comedy Central.  Soon, Wikipedia may also become familiar …
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
The Wiki That Edited Me  —  Journalists love to complain …
Discussion: rexblog
MacNN:
Apple files Multi-functional hand-held device patent application  —  On September 7, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled "Multi-functional hand-held device" originally filed in March 2006.  —  In light of Apple's September 12th "Showtime" media event …
Yuriko Nakao / Newsweek:
Such Were the Joys  —  How do I love thee, Vodafone 905SH?  Let me count the ways.  —  The Vodafone 905SH  —  We're back from a summer in Japan, with fond memories of new friends, shopping bags full of cheap plastic Gundam action figures and several bottles of fine sake.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb, jkOnTheRun and digg
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
FTC fines Xanga for violating kids' privacy  —  $1 million penalty against social networking site is largest under 1998 law  —  Xanga.com, a rival to the popular MySpace.com, allegedly permitted creation of 1.7 million accounts by users who submitted birthdays indicating they were under 13.
shahine.com/omar:
Inline Search for Internet Explorer  —  This is simply a must have add-in for IE.  For those of us that used the FireFox Find feature and were like "OMG", you can now have the same thing in IE.  —  You can see in the screen shot below how this works:  —  [Source: Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus]
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
One less reason to use Firefox
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Magazines Going to the Web to Get Students to Read  —  COLLEGE students are famous for their transient ways, moving frequently and rarely leaving a permanent mailing address for magazine publishers to send subscription solicitations to.  —  For now, some magazine publishers are settling for their e-mail address.
Discussion: Techdirt, SYNTAGMA, TeleRead and Romenesko
John Gartner / Marketing Blog Bent …:
Digg's Kevin Rose on Recent Indiggnation: Fact vs. Fiction  —  We (Jason, Evan and John) had a conference call with Kevin Rose (President)and Jay Adelson (CEO) of Digg to give them an opportunity to respond to speculation from Evan and others about how a small number of users are controlling placement of stories on Digg's home page.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and digg
BBC:
Fastest supercomputer to be built  —  Computer giant IBM will build the world's most powerful supercomputer at a US government laboratory.  —  The machine, codenamed Roadrunner, could be four times more potent than the current fastest machine, BlueGene/L, also built by IBM.
ongoing:
JRuby Love  —  Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, better known as "The JRuby Guys", are joining Sun this month.  Yes, I helped make this happen, and for once, you're going to be getting the Sun PR party line, because I wrote most of it. … Jacki DeCoster, one of our PR people …
David Pogue / New York Times:
In a Sea of Cellphones, a Pearl  —  EVERYONE knows that the perfect cellphone doesn't exist, and it's mostly because of physics.  You know: You can't have a huge screen on a tiny phone, or a fat battery on a slim phone, or top-of-the-line construction at a rock-bottom price.
 
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Rich Internet Applications are the bridge between the web and the desktop
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Stace / Unwired View:
Apple Cube reborn
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
digg top users protest (or, "one user, one vote—that's the rule)
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
How steep will the cost of HP's dysfunctional family be?
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Chanpory / LifeClever ;:
How to dress like a Mac  —  I love Apple's latest television ads …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Vista audio enhancements revealed
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Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Iotum hooks up with AIM Phoneline
Discussion: Skype Journal
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iMac, mini drop before Showtime - why?
Carlo / Techdirt:
Theatergoers Want Mobile Phones Jammed
Discussion: CrunchGear and Newsome.Org
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Borrell: Local Search Spending To Double
CBC News:
Wireless zone goes live in downtown Toronto