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4:20 AM ET, October 27, 2006

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Wil Harris / bit-tech.net:
Microsoft clarifies Vista activation to bit-tech hacks  —  Microsoft today talked to bit-tech in a bid to reassure the enthusiast community about the licensing terms of Windows Vista.  —  We previously read that Vista could prove to be a nightmare for enthusiasts who upgrade often …
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Welcome to Our New Team Blog!  —  Welcome to the new and improved Windows Vista blog.  A few months back, I pushed our team to bring the blog from the blogging Dark Ages into something a little more modern.  The blog back then wasn't quite doing the job.  Postings were infrequent, and the site wasn't particularly helpful.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CEO sets open source Java time frame  —  San Francisco (InfoWorld) - SAN FRANCISCO — Demonstrating a perhaps more aggressive path than anticipated, Sun Microsystems is set to announce the open-sourcing of the core Java platform within 30 to 60 days, Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My thoughts about Zune vs. iPod  —  So, you've seen the Zune video.  Here's my thoughts about whether Microsoft is going to be successful.  —  I'll come at it from a number of different angles:  —  THE FUNDAMENTALS  —  Box design: good.  As good as iPod.  —  Look and feel and overall hardware quality: good.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pando Moves Beyond Email File Sharing  —  New York based Pando has been breaking away from the P2P file sharing pack, which we reviewed in late August.  They claim over 1.5 million downloads of their client software, and move up to 20 TB of data per day between users.  —  Pando is very easy to use.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports First Quarter Earnings  —  Microsoft delivers double digit revenue growth  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced first quarter revenue of $10.81 billion for the period ended September 30, 2006, an 11% increase over the same quarter of the prior year.
Hitwise US:
Second Life Takes Off, Gains Interest of Older Generation  —  Last week Reuters announced it opened a bureau inside the multiplayer game Second Life.  This continues a trend of real-world companies joining Second Life - currently Adidas, Reebok, Toyota, Nissan, IBM and Starwood Hotels are among …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Keynote from Blog Business Summit  —  Someone just told me this is the best keynote they ever heard in four years.  Frankly, I was tired and didn't know what to say since the business of blogging is so well established... so I just told my story.  —  "Overall, an intersting talk with some funny anecdotes and refreshing honesty."
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Consumerist:
No iPod, Soap!  —  We've all heard of iPod's vaunted "clean design," but this is ridiculous.  —  Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Smalldog.com.  Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.
Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
From the Gears of War Hollywood launch party  —  12AM PST on a Wednesday night.  Most people are sleeping, but on Santa Monica Boulevard Microsoft is busing in gamers for the Gears of War launch party.  After a truck ride to the crypt and playing a couple of multiplayer rounds I had a conversation …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, Go Nintendo, You NEWB and digg
BBC:
'Tower of Babel' translator made  —  A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists.  —  Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Michael Calore / Wired News:
A Tale of Two Web Browsers  —  In the last two years, the web has gone through a truly vibrant period of innovation.  We've seen advancements in file sharing, social networks and rich media presentation, as well as the proliferation of Ajax and full-fledged applications that run within the browser.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Browser Faceoff
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Vox Lifts Off and You'll Love It  —  Six Apart announced last night the launch of its newest social networking site, Vox (Vox announcement here).  The company that owns LiveJournal, Moveable Type and Typepad has done a lot of things right with this new site.
Seth Sutel / MSNBC:
Blind Web surfers sue Target  —  Suit alleges that the retailer's Web site is inaccessible for visually impaired  —  NEW YORK - "Links list dialogue."  "Links list view."  "Your Account - Two of 164."  —  This is what the Internet sounds like to Chris Danielsen.  —  Danielsen is blind.
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 2.0 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs  —  Dans "mozilla and firefox", jeudi, le 26 octobre 2006, à 10:54 AM EST.  —  <br>For those of you who somehow missed the news, the long-awaited release of Firefox 2.0 is finally here, and so are optimized builds!
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
On the Hill and in Court, a Shootout Over Ratings  —  Video game violence has long been a target for politicians, lawyers and parent groups concerned that the slashings and shootouts were having a negative effect on young gamers.  —  It was for that reason that the game industry established …
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Leak: Google Reorg and AdSense for Audio  —  Jeff Molander submits: Three of my most credible resources, including DM News's Giselle Abramovich, are indicating plans for a significant re-organization at Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).  Secondly, Google is positioning to move on the AdSense for Audio front …
Discussion: Geek News Central and ReveNews
John Oates / The Register:
AllofMP3 hit by Danish court ruling  —  Much reviled Russian music site allofmp3.com has been hit by a Danish court ruling which forces internet service provider Tele2 to block access to the site.  —  The Copenhagen City court ruled that Tele2 must do its best to ensure its subscribers cannot access the site.
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