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11:35 AM ET, October 4, 2006

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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
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Renault Twingo concept car goes tech crazy  —  If you can manage to squeeze yourself and three of your nerdiest buddies into this tiny car, y'all are going to have the one of the most gadget-laden rides ever perpetrated by man.  From the pics you can tell the Renault Twingo concept is bristling …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
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
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) …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Security Software Makers Upset Over Windows Vista  —  Leading security software companies, including Symantec and McAfee, are publicly pressing their concerns that Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system hinders them and steers users to Microsoft's security offerings.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
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 …
 
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Black Voices:
Introducing OpenRide  —  Revolutionizing the way you use the Internet!
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
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
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Behind Google Q&A  —  Peter Norvig gave a talk at UC Berkeley on September 25.
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
Gizmodo:
Dyson Airblade: 400mph, No Hot Air
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Conor / Argolon:
Windows Live Writer Now Supports Microformats
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
How-To: Use your EV-DO Pocket PC phone for internet access
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
We've got Lenovo X60s Tablet PC specs
Discussion: Engadget
Eirikso / eirikso.com:
Goodbye network neutrality in Norway
Discussion: Slashdot
Robert O'Neill / productdose.com:
Top Ten Geek Wallets
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
eSnips: Chat with Yael Elish, founder and CEO
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
ASUS Guarantees Draft N Upgrades
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and Slashdot
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Uncovering Agora: Windows Live Product Upload
Discussion: MSTechToday
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
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