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8:05 AM ET, November 23, 2006


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Top ten girl geeks  —  Charles Babbage may have invented the programmable computer, but it was Ada Byron (later Ada Lovelace) who is widely credited with writing the first real program for it.  She translated Luigi Menabrea's notes on Babbage's machine from Italian, and added her own ideas …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft says Office unfazed by Google threat  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - One of the two new heads of Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) Office software team downplayed the threat from Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) Web-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, saying they are unlikely to appeal to corporate customers.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Rough Type
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft vs Google Heats Up  —  I know, a predictable (almost tabloid-y) blog headline.  But in this case, there really is some interesting back and forth going on between Microsoft and Google currently - especially with regards to office software.  —  Firstly Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and digg
CIS Finds Flaws in Firefox v2 Password Manager  —  Chapin Information Services (CIS) has discovered a new flaw in the Mozilla Firefox web browser that exposes saved passwords to clever attackers.  —  Given the new nature of this type of attack, CIS has named this a Reverse Cross-Site Request (RCSR) vulnerability.
Folding laptop filmed!  —  Video exclusive: Fujitsu let us finger their super-swish folding laptop.  —  Taking the Origami principle to heart, Fujitsu reckon they've got the ultimate UMPC licked, with this swish design for a laptop which literally folds in half to fit your pocket.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
XBox 360 Video Store FAQ: How Long to Download a Movie?  —  Our FAQ for the Xbox 360's video download service keeps growing.  —  How Long Does it Take to DL a Movie?  —  I'm in SF, on Comcast's 6Mbit cable modem service.  I started downloading Akira Kurosawa's Dreams at 10PM PST.
Discussion: PVR Wire and Kotaku
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Remote Control Mail: Check Your Postal Mail on the Web  —  Kirkland, Washington based company Document Command Inc. has launched its consumer facing web interface for postal mail called Remote Control Mail.  The service provides an alternative to PO Boxes, mail forwarding or waiting until …
Frank Rose / Wired News:
Commercial Break … The thinking went something like this: Chevrolet is all about being revolutionary, right?  (That's debatable, but since Chevy's tagline is "An American Revolution!" this is where all discussion starts at its ad agency.)  And if Chevrolet is revolutionary, then its advertising ought to be, too.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Filling Pantries Without a Middleman  —  A few years back, the online grocery business was just about the perfect symbol of the dot-com bust.  —  A company called Webvan had gone public in 1999, promising to reinvent the $500 billion supermarket industry — retail's largest sector …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Auren Hoffman / VentureBeat:
Why big high tech companies are losing the talent war  —  [Disclosure: Auren works at Rapleaf, a startup, and is thus biased towards startups.]  —  Big companies are losing their "A" players and they're struggling to attract "B" players.  In an industry where everything is about people …
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Million dollar MacBook!?  —  Last night was the Internet People event with Robert Loch.  I turned up with Paul Walsh from Segala where earlier we had debated about what is Web 3.0?  Basically we concluded that it's the Semantic Web with technologies like RDF, Microformats …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The difference between TechCrunch and Valleywag  —  Dave Winer defends Nick Denton and Valleywag today.  —  Me?  I see it a bit differently.  I don't see that Valleywag has noticeably changed its stripes.  Yeah, so far they haven't followed anyone into a bathroom and that is an improvement over the old Valleywag — if it holds.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBS says YouTube is helping ratings  —  It's been a month since CBS began its partnership with YouTube, and the network has uploaded 300 videos.  Since that time, the clips have racked up a total of 29.2 million views for an average of 857,000 views a day.  Many of the clips are from CBS' Late Show …
Discussion: TechEffect, Screenwerk and i-boy
Hitwise US:
Google v. Yahoo! Predicting the Intercept  —  I came across Ben Charny's article that cited Citigroup's (Mark Mahaney) prediction that Google would overtake Yahoo! to be the top Internet property some time in 2007.  I decided to pull the chart below on market share of visits to the top twenty properties …
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Google dominates, MSN Search sinks
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Is Mesh a Problem for MuniFi?  —  The CEO of Israeli WiFi software equipment company InspiAir, Tamir Galili, says the inherent limitations of WiFi mesh technology are behind some of the slow MuniFi rollouts in U.S. cities — a lot of the test pilots that these cities are doing are failing, and mesh is just not suitable, he says.
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Genji's Game-Killing Bug  —  So PlayStation 3 reviewers got an email this afternoon with helpful tips for Genji, straight from the development team.  That's a real interesting coincidence, because I was playing Genji when I got that email and I was coming up with some tips of my own for the development team.
Discussion: Kotaku
Vanderwal / Personal InfoCloud:
Following Friends Across Walled Gardens  —  Phil Gyford makes his plea for a single social network sign-on or as it was stated last week by Jeremy Keith on Twitter, "portable social network with XFN".  —  The single sign-on is an often heard request these days.
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Adactio
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Citibank Singapore debuts biometric fingerprint payment system  —  Citibank Singapore is offering a new way for credit-card holders to make payments — using their fingerprints instead of credit cards.  —  Citibank this month began rolling out biometric payment systems in Singapore …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Mike / Techdirt:
CBS Recognizes That You Must (And You Can) Compete With Free
Joe / Techdirt:
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Custom PC Design
Hitwise US:
Recipe Sites Embrace User Generated Content, Video, RSS
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
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