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7:20 AM ET, October 19, 2006


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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) …
Microsoft Releases Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP  —  Enhanced security technologies, new experiences enable customers to browse the Web with confidence and ease.  —  Microsoft Corp. today released to the public Windows® Internet Explorer® 7 for Windows XP …
Ina Fried / CNET   Microsoft hopes 7 is lucky number for IE
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.
New York Times:
Music Companies Grab a Share of the YouTube Sale  —  YouTube's young founders may have been the biggest beneficiaries of last week's $1.65 billion deal with Google, but they have some unexpected bedfellows — old-line media companies that had been considered YouTube's biggest legal threat.
CRN Breaking News:
Vista, Office 2007 To Launch in NY After Thanksgiving  —  Microsoft plans post-Turkey-Day kickoff in the Big Apple.  —  6:26 PM EDT Tue.  —  The long-touted Microsoft Vista/Office 2007 tandem launch is on for the last week in November in New York, sources said.  This event will focus on business usage and scenarios.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Allchin: Vista won't RTM next week
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
YouTube may be the fastest growing website ever!  —  Jay Meattle of the web statistics firm compete has done an interesting analysis of the growth rates of MySpace vs YouTube.  He concludes that YouTube's rate of growth exceeds that of MySpace - i.e. essentially it is more viral!.
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:   YouTube vs MySpace Growth: No Contest!
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Moscow Music Site Defends Free Downloads  —  A Web site based in Moscow that the United States Commerce Department has branded as the world's highest-volume online seller of pirated music plans to release hundreds of thousands of albums free, the site said.  —  Low prices and ease of use …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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: Techdirt, Clickety Clack and Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Personalized News: A Market Overview  —  Written by Guest Blogger Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  Introduction  —  Personalized Content is one of the two most popular approaches in next generation news sites - the other is Power of Masses, which we will cover in a future post.
Discussion: Dan Blank
Amazon launches answers site  —  Today I received an invite to join a new community at Amazon called Askville: … This site will compete with Yahoo! Answers and Microsoft Q&A in the free question-answering space except that it might be able to leverage the Amazon community of experts.
Alexbarnett / blog:
Support tagging  —  Christopher Carfi threw out a interesting idea yesterday...  The post Christopher refers to by Shel is here.  It's classic blogger behaviour: I have a problem and hopefully one of my readers can help me out.  —  I do this from time to time myself and it works.  Many do this.
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Another Potential Problem With Muni-WiFi: You Need To Deal With Politicians  —  from the no-room-for-pork-in-wifi dept  —  While municipal internet access can be a valid option for providing some form of internet access to residents or businesses where they might not have any other choice …
Kyle Orland / Next Generation:
GAMING'S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS  —  Who are the 50 most influential journalists in the U.S games industry?  We decided to find a freelancer crazy enough to compile and write up an actual list.  Be warned, some of the pictures within are of a disturbing nature.
Discussion: You NEWB, Kotaku and Joystiq
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Website Optimizer
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Another Odd Post To An Official Google Blog Raises Security Concerns
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Building a Better Voting Machine
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Google + YouTube = Media 2., or Why Andy Kessler is Dead Wrong …
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Flash Player 9 for Linux Beta 1
Tumi's Solar-powered Backpack Charges Your Gadgets on the Go
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and digg
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Logitech acquiring Slim Devices
Rod Oracheski / Gaming Edge:
Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk
Discussion: Joystiq, You NEWB and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Barnako:
Rocketboom meets Wall Street
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Ms. Dewey: Taking cute too far
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Microsoft: Excuses on iPod virus not credible
Phil Windley's Technometria:
When You Pick Your Tools, Pick Those That Can Build Tools
Discussion: Labnotes
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Performancing launches ad network for bloggers
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Turning your laptop into HDTV
Discussion: 1080eye, CrunchGear and digg
Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI director wants ISPs to track users

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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Dylan Donnelly / Sky News:
A Russian court sentences Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to six and a half years in prison for spreading “false info” about Russian army

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