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2:50 PM ET, October 4, 2006

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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 …
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.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
For Vista, WGA gets tougher
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Security Software Makers Upset Over Windows Vista
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Davevr / Shell Blog:
Back in Black!  Or rather, back OUT black!  —  Just a quick blog post to update you on an issue near and dear to the hearts of some people.  Well, at least the 1300 or so people so far who have contacted me about this issue.  —  Background  —  In Vista, we are really trying to reduce …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Windows-Now.com
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.
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
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: greg hughes and Engadget
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
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.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Internet Empowers Small Business  —  At the Longworth Ventures conference today and there is a panel about empowering small business, something near and dear to me for reasons that will be further revealed next week.  —  On the panel are Jana Eggers from Intuit Innovation Labs …
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sharp squeezes 8.84 million pixels into 64-inch LCD
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Get your TV season pass with Democracy
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Amie Street Takes Innovative Music Model Into Beta
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Eye-Fi heads to beta this month
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Renault Twingo concept car goes tech crazy
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Location Awareness in Hardware
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Japan says no to Blu-ray, HD DVD recorders for U.S.
Discussion: HDBlog.net and The Tech Report
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Fonality acquires trixbox
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba shows off external, internal HD DVD drive prototypes
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and digg
Conor / Argolon:
Windows Live Writer Now Supports Microformats
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Introducing SlideShare: Power Point + YouTube
Candace Lombardi / ZDNet:
Sony plans its own battery recall
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
ASUS Guarantees Draft N Upgrades
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and Slashdot