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12:15 AM ET, October 5, 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?
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Joris Evers / ZDNet:
Microsoft to lock pirates out of Vista PCs
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows Vista has new Reduced Functionality Mode
Discussion: Gearlog and Slashdot
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Video advertising pisses off audience? Who knew? Heheh
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
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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Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Our B5 Media Investment  —  Today we've closed a financing round with our co-lead, Brightspark Ventures into B5 media.  At first, I really wanted to just sit back and let the rocks fly and blogosphere go nuts with the who/what/why and the zillions of opinions.
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 …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Sponsored Search Comes to the Mobile Web  —  Beta Launch Extends Leadership in Sponsored Search to the  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! today announced the beta launch of sponsored search results on the company's Mobile Web service in the United States and United Kingdom.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Yahoo serving up search ads on mobile phones
Reuters:
Newspaper website readership up 31%  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — The average number of monthly visitors to U.S. newspaper websites rose by nearly a third in the first half of 2006, a study released on Wednesday said, though print readership at some larger U.S. newspapers fell.
BBC:
Geekspeak still baffles web users  —  Britons are increasingly tech-savvy but are still bamboozled by tech jargon.  —  According to research from Nielsen/NetRatings, people are buying cutting-edge technology but often don't understand the terms that describe what their device actually does.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   NetRatings finds 40% of online Britons use news feeds
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.
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 …
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
BBC:
Google launches literacy portal  —  Search engine Google has launched a portal to connect literacy organisations around the world.  —  The Literacy Project enables teachers, organisations, and those interested in literacy to use the internet to search for and share literacy information.
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.
USA Today:
What's Teoma, you ask?  You could ask Jeeves, but he's become ... Teoma  —  Hard to believe that while I was attending Rutgers University — in a building not far from the grain-alcohol frat parties that I may or may not have gone to, depending on who's asking — the history of Teoma was taking shape.
 
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GameDaily:
Study: Casual Gamers are 'Grey Gamers'
Discussion: Joystiq and Go Nintendo
GameBrink.Com News Feed:
Miyamoto The Interview Part 2
Discussion: Joystiq
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Building eBay 2.0  —  Clobbered by Wall Street.  Fierce competition from Google.
Discussion: Webtown and Blogging Stocks
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Competitio.us: track your competitors online
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Bebo Closing the Gap with eBay as Most Searched for UK Brand
Discussion: Mashable! and Free Roaming
Kotaku:
Rumor: Gamestop Wii Kiosk To Require Credit Card?
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Aeropause and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget commercial contest winners!
Discussion: Netscape.com and digg
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Don't try to do interactive graphics with Ajax
Discussion: Ajaxian and JD on EP
 Earlier Items: 
Randall Sullivan / Wired News:
Gizmondo's Spectacular Crack-up
Discussion: Gizmodo, Cathode Tan and Aeropause
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The suits vs. the geeks
The Mac Observer:
TMO Reports - Analyst's High School Survey Sees Continued iPod Domination
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Get your TV season pass with Democracy
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Eye-Fi heads to beta this month
Davevr / Shell Blog:
Back in Black! Or rather, back OUT black!
Discussion: Neowin.net and Windows-Now.com
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3