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1:50 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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Microsoft:
Microsoft's Software Protection Platform: Protecting Software …
Joris Evers / ZDNet:
Microsoft to lock pirates out of Vista PCs
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 …
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Google Groups launches new beta
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
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.
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
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
NetRatings finds 40% of online Britons use news feeds  —  A study by Nielsen//NetRatings found 40% of Britons receive automatic news feeds to their browser or desktop but 69% had never heard of Really Simple Syndication.  About 15% of the people surveyed have heard of an iPod but are not sure what it is.
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BBC:
Geekspeak still baffles web users
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Bebo Closing the Gap with eBay as Most Searched for UK Brand  —  In doing a demo of Hitwise this week, we noticed that Bebo is catching up quickly to eBay as the most searched for brand in the UK.  Since May, the term "bebo" has ranked #2 in the share of UK internet searches after "ebay", and Bebo's rapid rise is narrowing the gap.
Discussion: Free Roaming
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Bebo To Become UK's Most Searched For Brand
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Competitio.us: track your competitors online  —  Competitio.us is a very useful looking competitive intelligence service built in Ruby on Rails that launched today.  It's a simple but powerful way to keep track of competing companies online.  This is something that I think many of our readers …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
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.
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.
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
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.
Rebecca Barr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Cuts Bonuses for Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer (Update1)  —  Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software company, cut bonuses paid to Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer as profit growth slowed in three of the past four quarters.
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
del.icio.us Plans To Become A Social Network
GameDaily:
Study: Casual Gamers are 'Grey Gamers'
Discussion: Joystiq and Go Nintendo
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Building eBay 2.0  —  Clobbered by Wall Street.  Fierce competition from Google.
Discussion: Webtown and Blogging Stocks
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo serving up search ads on mobile phones
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
Kotaku:
Miyamoto On the Wii: "The Hardware Is Basically A GC."
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!
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WalMart's MySpace Clone Dead on Arrival