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11:00 AM ET, October 4, 2006

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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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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) …
Google:
Now You Can Have Google Gadgets on Your Webpage  —  Google Gadgets for your webpage can help make a site dynamic and rich with content.  Google Gadgets, which have long been available for users to add to the Google homepage and Google Desktop, are now available for webpage owners to add to their own webpages.
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
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: greg hughes
Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
Location Awareness in Hardware  —  Location, location, location.  Location awareness is going to become standard on newer gadgets (just as it is becoming commonplace with cars).  This has of course been coming for a while and I am not the first to say this or write about it …
Discussion: Engadget
Valleywag:
Geekout: GigaOM and friends party on Pier 38  —  When the founder of Plaxo fell on the pier and broke his neck, there was an awkward pause before the smiles and cameras came out.  —  Excepting the creepy pile of copies of the guest list at the entry to the GigaOM blog party …
Gizmodo:
Dyson Airblade: 400mph, No Hot Air  —  James Dyson, billionaire inventor of expensive vacuum cleaners, has time on his hands to worry about bathroom bacteria, so he created the Dyson Airblade, a supercharged hand dryer that pumps room-temperature air through a tiny slot at 400mph.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Fonality acquires trixbox  —  Fonality will announce tomorrow that they have acquired trixbox, formerly known as Asterisk@Home, and the the world's largest Asterisk-based community.  Trixbox is a turn-key, bootable .iso CD image that can turn a PC with no OS into an Asterisk server with a variety …
James Orry / Pro-G - All Updates:
Ubisoft bringing Mind Quiz to Europe  —  SEGA's PSP brain training game, Mind Quiz, is to be published across Europe by Ubisoft.  —  Already a success in Japan, Ubisoft has announced plans to release the game across Europe in November.  Titled Brain Trainer in Japan, the successful series …
Robert O'Neill / productdose.com:
Top Ten Geek Wallets  —  Wallets are a pretty good element of style to get geeky with: you can hide them most of the time, only bringing them out for show when you need to buy something or show your geek friends.  A lot of guys see full-grain leather as an indicator of a fine wallet …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
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: Engadget
 
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Behind Google Q&A  —  Peter Norvig gave a talk at UC Berkeley on September 25.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
OLPC invites hackers to test, break 2B1's security systems
Discussion: CrunchGear
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Another Huge Imagery Update for Google Earth / Maps - October 3, 2006
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Japan says no to Blu-ray, HD DVD recorders for U.S.
Discussion: HDBlog.net and The Tech Report
Conor / Argolon:
Windows Live Writer Now Supports Microformats
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
How-To: Use your EV-DO Pocket PC phone for internet access
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Eirikso / eirikso.com:
Goodbye network neutrality in Norway
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
eSnips: Chat with Yael Elish, founder and CEO
 Earlier Items: 
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Beguiling but Beware: AJAX, VoIP
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
ASUS Guarantees Draft N Upgrades
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exploding Hello Kitty toys recalled
Discussion: digg
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Uncovering Agora: Windows Live Product Upload
Discussion: MSTechToday
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iRiver S10 reviewed
Discussion: digg
Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
GDC London: Epic's Rein - 'Next-Gen Starts When I Say So'
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
FACEBOOK FROZEN BY M'SOFT LINK
Daniel Griffiths / psm3mag.com:
PS3 power-up pics here! (UPDATE: but no video - sob...)
Discussion: Gear Live, Engadget and Aeropause