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12:15 PM ET, October 4, 2006

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Black Voices:
You've got to see it to believe it  —  The new AOL OpenRide™ Beta software helps you do what you want online in fewer clicks and fewer hassles.  No more jumping from one window to the next - everything you need is right there the moment you need it.  —  OpenRide is more than just a browser.
Discussion: ContentBlogger and InsideGoogle
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL offers an OpenRide  —  Once they decided to move away from the access business, AOL is going all out and offering all sorts of free services to cash in on the current eyeball boom, and of course hang on to their dwindling community.  Earlier this summer they offered 5 GB free storage to one and all …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Candace Lombardi / ZDNet:
Sony plans its own battery recall  —  Sony is planning to announce a massive battery recall of its own, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed.  —  The recall, expected this month, will encompass all possibly defective batteries, including those previously announced …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Will Low-Power Wibree Spec Replace Bluetooth?  —  Do we need yet another short-range wireless specification?  Apparently, yes.  —  The new "Wibree" specification may end up being adopted as essentially a low-power version of the Bluetooth specification, to be used in conventional mobile phones …
1up.com:
Pirates Claim US Final Fantasy XII Leaked  —  Torrent site users saying files are completely legit.  —  UPDATE: Since filing our original report, it appears Square Enix has started asserting legal control.  One popular torrent site, where many others were linking to as an originator …
Discussion: Torrentfreak and Joystiq
Microsoft:
Microsoft's Software Protection Platform: Protecting Software and Customers from Counterfeiters  —  The company announces innovative technology in Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn" to reduce the risk of piracy and software tampering while improving software licensing.
Javester / MacTelChat:
iPhoto 6.0.5 shows evidence of Google collaboration  —  In the middle of preparing an article speculating what Apple and Google are up to with Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently joining Apple's board, I decided to poke around iPhoto to see if one of my suspicions held water.
dlink.com:
D-LINK ANNOUNCES ENTRY INTO MOBILE PHONE MARKET WITH V-CLICK™, AN UNLOCKED, DUAL-MODE GSM / WI-FI® PHONE  —  V-CLICK Makes It Easy to Switch from GSM and Wi-Fi® Modes with a Single Click  —  D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business …
Davevr / Shell Blog:
Back in Black!  Or rather, back OUT black!  —  Just a quick blog post to update you on an issue near and dear to the hearts of some people.  Well, at least the 1300 or so people so far who have contacted me about this issue.  —  Background  —  In Vista, we are really trying to reduce …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Windows-Now.com
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Engagement Is a Euphemism For Measuring the ROI of Brand Advertising  —  Last week I attended the Consumer Engagement Conference, put on by the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), where I discovered that the word "engagement" …
Discussion: newyorkbusiness.com and Engagement
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
We've got Lenovo X60s Tablet PC specs  —  An anonymous GottaBeMobile.com reader sent us the specs on the yet to be announced Lenovo X60s Tablet PC.  We have every reason to believe that these are accurate and believable; however, official specs will be released when it is announced, which according to our source, is next month.
Discussion: greg hughes and Engadget
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WalMart's MySpace Clone Dead on Arrival  —  TheHub, WalMart's ill-fated attempt at building a social network for kool kidz who just happen to like shopping at Walmart, has gone offline.  The site, which was up for 10 weeks, tried to keep content wholesome, and featured profiles and videos from …
Discussion: Techdirt and The Blog Herald
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3  —  Not too long ago, Amazon released their Simple Storage Service (or "S3" for short).  It provides a hosted storage platform which developers can build all sorts of applications on top of.  Smugmug, a popular photo sharing web site, is using it to store and host pictures.
Discussion: rexblog and greg hughes
Justin Oberman / mopocket:
TEXTANGO: SELL YOUR MUSIC WITH SMS AND A CELL PHONE  —  Thanks to my brother for pointing this out.  Textango allows any artist to sell their music via text message to anyone, anywhere in the United States with a cell phone*.  The purchase is billed to the customer's cell phone bill via PSMS …
Discussion: Free Roaming and SMS Text News
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Beguiling but Beware: AJAX, VoIP  —  SAN DIEGO — Some of the slickest new technologies online — VoIP and AJAX — are dangerously insecure, and likely to only get worse as they become more prevalent, according to security researchers presenting their findings at the ToorCon security conference here.
Discussion: VoIP Lowdown
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Introducing SlideShare: Power Point + YouTube  —  SlideShare is a new service launching this morning that lets users upload PowerPoint or Open Office presentationi files and share them online through a You Tube-like interface.  —  Power Point documents (or any office documents) …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba shows off external, internal HD DVD drive prototypes  —  These days there aren't a whole lot of flavors to PC HD DVD drives, but Toshiba is hoping to remedy that with their new line-up of players and burners they're showing off at CEDIA.  Most notable is the external USB drive they had under glass …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and digg
 
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Fred / A VC:
Google Bling  —  Google launched Google Widgets for the web yesterday.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Security Software Makers Upset Over Windows Vista
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US Appeals Court Lets Echostar Hit Play On DVR Sales
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Renault Twingo concept car goes tech crazy
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Behind Google Q&A  —  Peter Norvig gave a talk at UC Berkeley on September 25.
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How-To: Use your EV-DO Pocket PC phone for internet access
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Eirikso / eirikso.com:
Goodbye network neutrality in Norway
Discussion: Slashdot
Robert O'Neill / productdose.com:
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Discussion: digg and Slashdot
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Ubisoft bringing Mind Quiz to Europe
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ASUS Guarantees Draft N Upgrades
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