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7:00 PM ET, October 19, 2006

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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.
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Information on Reports of IE 7 Vulnerability
Discussion: Bink.nu, Neowin.net and MSDN Blogs
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Firefox vs. IE 7 (IE7 having trouble with Google sites?)
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: B2Day and 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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Quantifies Its Momentum  —  Google's third quarter earnings announcement today came in strong, as expected given the company's growing domination of search and momentum over the last several months.  The other big players may be struggling, but Google has the numbers to show that they are not.
Discussion: EarningsCast!
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Dear Google Bulls: Yahoo Comments Still Suggest Market Problem  —  Yes, Yahoo has Yahoo-specific problems, one of which is competition.  Some comments on the conference call, however, provide further evidence that the slowdown in advertising revenue is not just Yahoo-specific.
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
Andy Kim / Potion Factory Blog:
Introducing Tangerine  —  We're proud to announce the beta release of Tangerine, our third application.  Tangerine lets you easily create playlists with upbeat music, or playlists for relaxing.  It does that by analyzing the BPM and beat intensity of the songs in your iTunes library.
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: Futuristic Play and Slashdot
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.
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.
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.
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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Ker Than / LiveScience:
Scientists Create Cloak of Partial Invisibility
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Attending the Yahoo Influencers event for Panama release
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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: Joystiq, Go Nintendo 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 …
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Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Gabriel Re-Shocks the Monkey Online
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Amazon launches answers site
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