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10:10 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 …
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Vodafone's Social Connections  —  The wireless giant is in talks to give its customers access to social-networking services with their phones  —  Wireless-phone giant Vodafone (VOD) will let customers use their mobile phones to gain access to online social networking services, has learned.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Vodafone, You're Going to Make How Much?  —  Vodafone's CEO …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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: Kotaku and PVR Wire
Paul Collins / Slate:
Dead Plagiarists Society  —  WILL GOOGLE BOOK SEARCH UNCOVER LONG-BURIED LITERARY CRIMES?  —  Listen to an interview with the author here, or sign up for Slate's free daily podcast on iTunes.  —  Amir Aczel knew just whom to blame.  "It seems," the science author complained last month …
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 …
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
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.
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
Mary Madden / Pew Internet:
Podcast Downloading  —  Some 12% of internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they can listen to it or view it at a later time.  However, few internet users are downloading podcasts with great frequency; just 1% report downloading a podcast on a typical day.
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: Cathode Tan and Kotaku
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 …
jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #28- Fujitsu P1610 video review  —  Watch jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #28 here (WMV format, 320 x 240, 192MB, 52 minutes)  —  For the bandwidth-conscious, there's a low-res version too.  (WMV format, 320 x 240, 94 MB).  —  Hold your horses!
Google Blogoscoped:
Search Engine Thanksgiving Logos 2006  —  Google, Yahoo and Ask are showing off special Thanksgiving Day logos in the US today; Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November, often with an accompanying Thanksgiving feast with a turkey.  In this year and past years …
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There's nothing 'just' about Monopoly money
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Greg / 4 color rebellion:
Want a Real Case for Wii Sports?
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
24-carat gold HP Laserjet p2015: cheaper than a PS3
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Ditches Shadows Bookmarking Service
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft vs Google Heats Up
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
CBS Recognizes That You Must (And You Can) Compete With Free
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Vanderwal / Personal InfoCloud:
Following Friends Across Walled Gardens
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Adactio
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Citibank Singapore debuts biometric fingerprint payment system
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Is Mesh a Problem for MuniFi?
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Custom PC Design
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Million dollar MacBook!?
Hitwise US:
Recipe Sites Embrace User Generated Content, Video, RSS
Discussion: WebProBlog and Compete Blog
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The difference between TechCrunch and Valleywag
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBS says YouTube is helping ratings
Discussion: TechEffect, Screenwerk and i-boy