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10:40 PM ET, October 18, 2006


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Apple Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter Results  —  Ships Record 1.61 Million Macs  —  Apple® today announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006.  These preliminary results may be subject to significant adjustment as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.
MSDN Blogs:
Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Available Now  —  Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.  I encourage everyone to download the final version from  —  We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) …
Touchscreen iPod Comes This December  —  Touchscreen iPod Comes This December  —  The iPod/iPhone rumour mill is something so clouded that as TR News Ed I made the executive decision to circumvent the vast majority of it a long time ago, but yesterday I had a conversation with an extremely well informed exec which I'm going to share.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Apple Sells Infected iPods, Blames Microsoft  —  Apple posted a notice that 1% of video iPods shipped after September 12 of this year went out with a little present: the RavMonE.exe worm, which spreads via removable media.  Apparently, one of the computers at the contract manufacturer was infected, and it just spread from there.
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:   Microsoft: Excuses on iPod virus not credible
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence  —  Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links.  —  In a blow to the country's estimated 5 million internet users …
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Universal sues video-sharing websites  —  Universal Music, the world's largest record company, has launched the established media industry's first legal action against user-generated internet sites in the wake of its distribution deal last week with YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website.
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
BusinessWeek looks to web in battle for readers  —  For the editor-in-chief of the world's biggest business magazine, one goal is paramount: keeping his title on the "must read" list.  —  "You don't want to be a discretionary read, that is too dangerous," says Stephen Adler …
Discussion: and Romenesko
Philiplinden / Official Linden Blog:
1,000,000 residents = Happy!  Crushing Signup Load = Sad!  —  Congratulations to the whole SL community and all of us at Linden Lab on reaching 1 Million residents signed up!!  Second Life is growing because together we are all building content, welcoming new people, expanding the community, and adding new capabilities to the system.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog: Using Paid Search On Google As Promotion  —  I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that Advertises on To Promote Search Quality of Engine.  A search on Raccoon brings up an AdWords ad that is marketing's search results.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Logitech acquiring Slim Devices  —  There's nothing we love more around here than a bit of surprising news, and next to HP's recent purchase of VoodooPC, Logitech's just-announced acquisition of Slim Devices caught us off guard like nothing has in awhile.  According to Slim CEO Sean Adams …
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Screenshots of SlingPlayer for the Mac  —  We've mentioned that Sling Media, the makers of the TV streaming Slingbox, are planning on a late October/early November release for the OS X version of SlingPlayer.  SlingPlayer is the client that allows you to watch TV streamed from the SlingBox …
Discussion: Engadget, Monkey Bites and Gizmodo
Patrick Barnard / TMCnet:
LiveJournal Adds Gizmo, Letting Users Make Free VoIP Calls  —  For months, maybe even years now you've been reading about how click-to-call VoIP services are gradually being integrated into Web sites to facilitate peer-to-peer voice communications between users.
Wall Street Journal:
Record Labels Turn Piracy Into a Marketing Opportunity  —  A video clip from Jay-Z's live concert in June at Radio City Music Hall is popping up on all sorts of illicit music-sharing hotspots.  But Jay-Z isn't upset.  —  That's because the rapper, at the request of Coca-Cola Co. …
Discussion: Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Performancing launches ad network for bloggers  —  Performancing, home of the "jobs for bloggers" board and the much loved Firefox blogging plug-in, has added an ad network to its family of services.  Performancing Partners is accepting bloggers and advertisers now.
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
T@lkster: A New Voice 2.0 Company  —  The preferred attack point for cellular VoIP plays today seems to be disintermediating mobile long distance from the handset.  For the last few weeks I've been playing with and alpha release of T@lkster, a new Voice 2.0 offering which does exactly that.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro due this November?
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Rod Oracheski / Gaming Edge:
Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk
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AllOfMP3 loses Visa account, switching to ad-supported
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Greg Sandoval / CNET
Turning your laptop into HDTV
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI director wants ISPs to track users
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Judie / Gear Diary:
The HTC Hermes / Dopod 838Pro Review
Discussion: Gizmodo and Pocket PC Thoughts
Nicola Pytell /
Cornell University Library announces partnership with Microsoft …
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to recall own batteries
Curtis / You NEWB:
Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zimbra: 4 Million Paid Mailboxes and Counting
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust

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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Des Moines Register from reporting on legally-obtained court records that were inadvertently filed publicly

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