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10:50 AM ET, November 10, 2006

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Allchin Suggests Vista Won't Need Antivirus  —  During a telephone conference with reporters yesterday, outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system's …
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
The Sounds of Windows Vista  —  When you try the RTM version of Windows Vista, you will notice that something changed between the last release candidate and the final product — we added new sounds to the 45 places where Windows provides an audio cue to the user, including a new Windows Vista Start …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another committee takes the "soul" out of Robert Fripp  —  Alec Saunders notes that there's not much of Robert Fripp inside the audio in Windows Vista (he was the guitarist who recorded the four notes that you'll soon be sick of.  They'll probably be used in all the marketing and are the startup sound for Vista).
Discussion: Glass House
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista system sounds  —  When Robert Fripp worked his magic on Windows Vista, everyone knew Vista is going to sound different and hopefully better.  Now that Vista is literally peeking around the corner, not that it's possible for a software to peek or even exist in the physical world …
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Zune Challenges iPod  —  Player Could Lure Converts,  —  But It Makes Compromises  —  And Is Missing Some Features  —  Next week, Microsoft Corp. will launch the most serious challenge ever mounted to Apple Computer's iPod and iTunes juggernaut in digital music.
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
Google... the OS for Advertising  —  Traditional media companies are in a persistent state of confusion when it comes to Google.  The question that keeps these media executives up at night is... is Google a friend or a foe?  If recent conversations I've had with such executives are any indication …
CNET News.com:
What the Democrats' win means for tech  —  update It was the narrowest of Republican margins in the U.S. Senate that doomed a crucial vote on Net neutrality earlier this year.  —  By an 11-11 tie, a GOP-dominated committee failed in June to approve rules requiring that all Internet traffic …
Paul Marks / NewScientistTech:
ISPs 'should be responsible' for hacker attacks  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) should be made legally liable for the damage caused by "denial of service" (DoS) attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.  —  A DoS attack involves taking down a website …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Copyright eased for clips offered by Grouper  —  Film clips featuring stars such as Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz can now be shared online without violating copyright law.  —  Grouper.com, acquired last August by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is offering snippets from 100 Sony films …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
ESA Threatens Kotaku  —  Last month someone created a genius T-shirt that put a gamer's spin on the age old "yo mamma" bag.  The shirt read "Your Mom's Rated E for Everyone."  Who wouldn't think that's friggin hilarious.  The ESA, that's who.  —  Earlier this week the Entertainment Software Association sicced their lawyers on us.
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK:
Skype 3.0 (beta) starts the communication platform wars.  —  This week saw the launch of Skype 3.0 (beta) and on the surface there is very little new to get excited about other than a new plug-in manager.  The real changes in this new version seem to have taken place under the hood where Skype …
Discussion: Skype Blogs and dailywireless.org
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Oh, the emails you'll get...  A management consultant at Bain wrote me a nice email, that included the following sentence: … I didn't understand a thing he wrote.  The email contained a lot of words ("benchmarking," "outside in," "performance metrics," "best practice," "process and organization" …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blog Pimpin  —  Blogs, uhh, good God, what are they good for.....  (sung to the tune of the song War)...  Has anyone noticed lately that more blogs posts are about other blogs, which are writing about whats being reported in other blogs than about something original from the author ?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox HD DVD hands-on  —  Well looky looky here, we landed an Xbox HD DVD drive.  We're already all well aware of what it can and can't do; we just know you want the pics of the unboxing, it sitting next to the Xbox, and maybe a few bonus shots next to a real life HD DVD player.
Discussion: digg
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Alvey, Calacanis Sell Blogsmith To AOL; Cuban Had Stake  —  Brian Alvey and Jason Calacanis confirm that they have sold software company Blogsmith to AOL for an undisclosed sum; Valleywag, which reported the sale first, puts it at $4-5 million.  When Weblogs Inc. was sold to AOL last year …
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Valleywag:
Scoop: Weblogs Inc. owners sell Blogsmith to AOL
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Skype 3.0 — New Feature Guide....
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"Music Only" for your iTunes playlists
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Robot Identifies Human Flesh As Bacon
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Justin / Justinsomnia:
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