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5:00 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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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Upgrades Internet Explorer — But Not Much Is New  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser is one of the most-used software products in the world.  It is the main tool through which most computer users view the entire Internet.  —  But IE hasn't had a significant overhaul in five long years.
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.
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Firefox vs. IE 7 (IE7 having trouble with Google sites?)
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7
Discussion: Download Squad and Microsoft
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.
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Andrew Donoghue / ZDNet:
Gartner: Apple should quit hardware business … The future success of Apple, Dell and Intel lies with a licensing deal between Steve Jobs' company and the PC maker according to analyst Gartner  —  Increasing component costs and pressure to cut its prices mean Apple's best bet for long-term success …
Discussion: The Apple Blog
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.
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
San Francisco Local Politics Derail Free WiFi Project  —  San Francisco land of the nuts and fruits.  I can only say that because I live here and consider many of them my close friends, but if you were a fly on the wall at last night's EarthLink Google WiFi meeting you would know what I mean.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Another Potential Problem With Muni-WiFi: You Need To Deal With Politicians
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.
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, Joystiq and Kotaku
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
The Top Pickers vs. the Pack  —  Sites Want Users to Buy Into the 'Genius' Factor  —  James Acevedo is a "genius," though he admits no one at the elementary school in Ridgewood, N.J., where he teaches third grade, knows it.  —  But the Web site where he competes nightly, PicksPal.com …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jonathan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: NYTCO CEO Dismisses LBO Chatter  —  The New York Times Co. had quite a few tidbits on its Q3 call.  Highlights:  — CEO Janet Robinson and other Times executives said they were pleased with the progress of the company's digital initiatives, which they call are a major focus.
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.
 
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Logitech Buys Slim Devices, Promises Autonomy
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
AudioShell - tag music files in Windows Explorer
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Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
Battle of the console exclusives
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Joystiq and digg
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Has Microsoft Abandoned the Power User?
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
What will Apple Do ?  —  While we all wonder what the content companies …
GamePro.com Daily Update:
UPDATE: Confusion Over 1080p in Splinter Cell
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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
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
YouTube may be the fastest growing website ever!
Discussion: JD on EP and The Utube Blog
overstated.net:
Amazon launches answers site
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Building a Better Voting Machine
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Moscow Music Site Defends Free Downloads