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3:45 PM ET, October 19, 2006

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Latest Secunia Security Advisories:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x  —  This advisory is currently marked as unpatched!  —  A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.  —  The vulnerability is caused due to an error …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Searching Via Internet Explorer 7 & The Battle To Be The Default Search Engine  —  Now that Internet Explorer 7 has been released in final format, I wanted to look at how search is being handled within the browser.  There's been lots of discussion and worries about this in the past.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The beast has awoken; or, The beginning of Web 2.0 … Well, clearly, after cutting my teeth on Spread Firefox, I couldn't simply let the release of IE7, the first major browser upgrade from Microsoft in five years go by unnoticed.  —  I mean, it's a browser release — which on the surface shouldn't be that interesting.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Firefox vs. IE 7 (IE7 having trouble with Google sites?)
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
MSDN Blogs:
Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Available Now
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
A Virtual World but Real Money  —  It has a population of a million.  The "people" there make friends, build homes and run businesses.  They also play sports, watch movies and do a lot of other familiar things.  They even have their own currency, convertible into American dollars.
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life's Must-Have Stuff  —  (Editor's note: Some links in this story will "teleport" Second Life residents to locations within the virtual world.  They will be noted with "SLurl" after them.)  —  Second Life residents are spending $7 million a month on digital goods and services.
AppleInsider:
Apple's share of U.S. PC market jumps to 6.1 percent  —  First on AI: Sales of Apple's Macintosh computers over the past twelve month's have grown faster than any other major PC manufacturer, boosting the company's share of the U.S. PC market to 6.1 percent, according to data released by Gartner on Wednesday.
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 …
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Wendy / Wendy's Blog:
FORBIDDING VISTAS: WINDOWS LICENSING DISSERVES THE USER  —  Reading the Windows Vista license is a bit like preparing for breakfast with Lewis Carroll's Red Queen: You should be ready to believe at least six impossible things about what users want from software.
Discussion: Techdirt, Scobleizer and Boing Boing
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
What will Apple Do ?  —  While we all wonder what the content companies will do going forward with Google and Youtube, you have to wonder what Apple is thinking and how they will respond.  —  They have to be sitting their with eyes wide open as they watch 3 of the major record labels sign …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and rexblog
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
AdSense Leads Google's Drive for Dominance  —  If Google's earnings are on track this week, eMarketer estimates the company could take in about one quarter of U.S. Internet ad revenues for 2006.  —  A big part of what's driving that growth is the expansion of AdSense, Google's mammoth contextual ad network.
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
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Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
YouTube vs MySpace Growth: No Contest!
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
overstated.net:
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.
Associated Press:
Sony battery recall to hit 9.6 million  —  TOKYO - The number of laptop batteries Sony is recalling will total 9.6 million worldwide, the company said Thursday, shedding more light on the scope of a problem that has rattled confidence in the company's image.
PC Magazine:
AllofMP3.com to Move To Ad-Supported Model?  —  The International Herald Tribune reported Wednesday that the site will be launching a "Music For the Masses" program as early as today, allowing consumers to download a software application that will play the music within a restricted player.
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 …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Bandai's NetTansor: the WiFi webcam on wheels
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and I4U News
Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
Battle of the console exclusives
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Adds Features to Webmaster Tools Section
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Has Microsoft Abandoned the Power User?
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
The Top Pickers vs. the Pack
GamePro.com Daily Update:
UPDATE: Confusion Over 1080p in Splinter Cell
Jon Lebkowsky / WorldChanging:
David Isenberg: Moyers on The Net at Risk
Mike Melanson / Penguin.SWF:
Beta Is Live
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Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos
Discussion: New Media Musings
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows XP SP3 delayed to 2008
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Gabriel Re-Shocks the Monkey Online
Discussion: OpenBusiness and Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
SocialText Aims To Be Best Of Breed Office Software
Discussion: twopointouch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Website Optimizer
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Another Odd Post To An Official Google Blog Raises Security Concerns
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer and digg
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Building a Better Voting Machine
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Allchin: Vista won't RTM next week