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7:45 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.
CNET News.com:
Yahoo beats Microsoft to punch with IE update  —  Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser is now available—from Yahoo.  —  Although Microsoft has yet to release the final version of IE 7, its rival has posted a Yahoo-optimized version of the Web browser.
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
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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Mike Melanson / Penguin.SWF:
Beta Is Live  —  Go get it.  —  This is the beta.  Here are the release notes.  —  While we are still working out exactly how to distribute the final Player version to be as easy as possible for the typical end user, this beta includes 2 gzip'd tarball packages: one is for the Mozilla plugin …
David Pogue / New York Times:
A New Gadget on Campus.  Who's It for?  —  There's nothing quite as embarrassing as a grown-up trying too hard to look young and hip.  A youthful attitude is one thing, but some haircuts, dance moves and jeans sizes just aren't well suited for middle-age paunches and hairlines.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Business Wire:
Google Announces Third Quarter 2006 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2006.  —  "Our third quarter results are a testament to the strength of our network of advertisers and partners …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
 
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google profit jumps
John JCal Callaham / FiringSquad Latest Gaming …:
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CNN:
Innovation, independence mark new breed of inventors
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Turning social network traffic into dollars
Ker Than / LiveScience:
Scientists Create Cloak of Partial Invisibility
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Attending the Yahoo Influencers event for Panama release
Jonathan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: NYTCO CEO Dismisses LBO Chatter
Gizmodo:
Logitech Buys Slim Devices, Promises Autonomy
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Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
AudioShell - tag music files in Windows Explorer
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Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
Battle of the console exclusives
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PC Magazine:
AllofMP3.com to Move To Ad-Supported Model?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Has Microsoft Abandoned the Power User?
GamePro.com Daily Update:
UPDATE: Confusion Over 1080p in Splinter Cell
Associated Press:
Sony battery recall to hit 9.6 million
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows XP SP3 delayed to 2008
overstated.net:
Amazon launches answers site