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6:35 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  —  Windows Vista will ship with anti-piracy technology that will lock down the OS if it has not been activated within 30 days of first use, Microsoft announced today.  If the OS is not activated, Windows will switch to a reduced functionality mode that will cripple the OS.
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
David Berlind / Between the Lines:   Microsoft to include anti-piracy kill switch in Windows (after …
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) …
Lorraine Woellert / Business Week:   HP's Hunsaker Papers
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Rational rants and Clickety Clack
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The suits vs. the geeks  —  I'm sitting with a bunch of suits right now.  It's the Savvis Web 2.0 conference.  Almost all men.  A large percentage of whom are older than me.  This is NOT the YouTube generation.  Although they sure talk about it and talk about MySpace …
Kotaku:
Miyamoto On the Wii: "The Hardware Is Basically A GC."  —  Connect360: iTunes to your Xbox  —  Thanks to Kotakuite James for pointing the largely Mac loving editors of Kotaku in the direction of Connect360, a program that mashes-up iLife, Frontrow and your 360.  As the site explains..
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Your Name Here On Google's Home Page  —  Via the New York Times Pogue's Post, Custom Google is a way to get the Google home page showing whatever words you want in place of the Google logo — but using the Google logo's style.  You're supposed to be able to do the same for the Yahoo home page …
 
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Back in Black! Or rather, back OUT black!
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
How-To: Use your EV-DO Pocket PC phone for internet access
Discussion: Lifehacker and jkOnTheRun
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Will Low-Power Wibree Spec Replace Bluetooth?
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Beguiling but Beware: AJAX, VoIP
Javester / MacTelChat:
iPhoto 6.0.5 shows evidence of Google collaboration