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11:15 AM ET, October 4, 2006

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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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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) …
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 …
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 …
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
 
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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
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
How-To: Use your EV-DO Pocket PC phone for internet access
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
 Earlier Items: 
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
We've got Lenovo X60s Tablet PC specs
Discussion: Engadget
Eirikso / eirikso.com:
Goodbye network neutrality in Norway
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
eSnips: Chat with Yael Elish, founder and CEO
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
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Uncovering Agora: Windows Live Product Upload
Discussion: MSTechToday
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
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