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7:40 PM ET, October 4, 2006

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
For Vista, WGA gets tougher  —  For Windows Vista, Microsoft is rolling out a new version of its Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program, complete with a new name: the Windows Software Protection Platform.  This time, they mean business.  —  Let's call it WGA Plus, shall we?
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows Vista has new Reduced Functionality Mode
Discussion: Gearlog and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What Microsoft still isn't saying about WGA and Volume Activation 2.0
Discussion: Under The Stairs
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Ex-Head of H.P. Faces Charges  —  Patricia C. Dunn, the former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard, and four other people will be named in indictments expected to be filed by California's attorney general today in the spying case at the company, according to lawyers involved in the case.
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Lorraine Woellert / Business Week:
Indictments Sought in HP Case  —  California's Attorney General will seek charges against former chairwoman Dunn and others in the Hewlett-Packard spying scandal  —  California Attorney General Bill Lockyer will seek indictments today against former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) …
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.
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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 …
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.
Official Google Blog:
The new Groups experience  —  Today, the Google Groups team launched a new beta version, available to anyone at groups-beta.google.com.  It may have been awhile since you thought of Groups as cool or sexy — if you ever did — but I couldn't have been more excited to work on the team responsible …
Brian Steinberg / Wall Street Journal:
Web-Video Spots Present Dilemma For Advertisers  —  Web video is a regular part of Dima Abelsky's routine.  The 19-year-old University of Georgia sophomore enjoys looking at sports reports and entertainment news, watching as many as seven to eight videos a day.
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple's Special Committee Reports Findings of Stock Option Investigation  —  Fred Anderson Resigns from Apple Board of Directors  —  Apple® today announced that the special committee of its board of directors has reported its findings after a three month investigation into Apple's stock option practices.
Wayne Rash / eWEEK.com:
T-Mobile to Announce UMTS, Sources Say  —  T-Mobile sources have told eWEEK that the company is scheduling a press conference for Oct. 6 in New York for the purposes of making a major announcement in the wake of the company's win in the recent frequency auction.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Eye-Fi heads to beta this month  —  It looks like those jonesing for some WiFi action on their digital camera (without, you know, actually buying a new one) won't have to wait much longer, as the much-buzzed-about Eye-Fi SD WiFi card is set to go into beta testing later this month.
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) …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Competito.us: track your competitors online  —  Competito.us is a very useful looking competitive intelligence service built in Ruby on Rails that launched today.  This is something that I think many of our readers, at least the ones working on startups, could find very helpful.
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
YouTube IS Wildly Profitable - No Doubts About It  —  YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley is looking to pull a Google on the $75 billion TV ad industry by introducing contextual ads.  Hey, crazier things have happened, and if any one online video company can make it happen, it just might well be Steve Chen and Hurley's brainchild, YouTube.
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BBC:
Google launches literacy portal
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Bebo Closing the Gap with eBay as Most Searched for UK Brand
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Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Our B5 Media Investment
Kotaku:
Rumor: Gamestop Wii Kiosk To Require Credit Card?
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget commercial contest winners!
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Don't try to do interactive graphics with Ajax
Discussion: Ajaxian and JD on EP
Randall Sullivan / Wired News:
Gizmondo's Spectacular Crack-up
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The suits vs. the geeks
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The Mac Observer:
TMO Reports - Analyst's High School Survey Sees Continued iPod Domination
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Your Name Here On Google's Home Page
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Sponsored Search Comes to the Mobile Web
Davevr / Shell Blog:
Back in Black! Or rather, back OUT black!
Discussion: Neowin.net and Windows-Now.com
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
US Appeals Court Lets Echostar Hit Play On DVR Sales
Gizmodo:
A Reader's MacBook Has Thermal Grease Leaking Onto SO-DIMM Slots
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Engagement Is a Euphemism For Measuring the ROI of Brand Advertising
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
We've got Lenovo X60s Tablet PC specs
Discussion: greg hughes and Engadget