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10:25 PM ET, February 1, 2007

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BBC:
Vista has speech recognition hole  —  Microsoft has admitted that speech recognition features in Vista could be hijacked so that a PC tells itself to delete files or folders.  —  Vista can respond to vocal commands and concern has been raised about malicious audio on websites or sent via e-mail.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and digg
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the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Issue regarding Windows Vista Speech Recognition  —  Hey everyone this is Adrian and I am writing to try and clear up some concerns regarding a recently reported vulnerability in the Speech Recognition feature of Windows Vista.  An issue has been identified publicly where an attacker could use …
George Ou:
Microsoft confirms Vista Speech Recognition remote execution flaw  —  After my initial reports on the first Vista Remote Exploit, a Microsoft spokesperson responded to me with the following message. … This pretty much confirms what I've been saying all along and I had recommended …
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works  —  We've just received a sound tip that Microsoft is working on its very own phone to be branded under the Zune moniker.  Our tipsters inform us that Microsoft execs are in meetings today hammering out details of the device and developing strategies and timescales for its release.
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
Latest Digg Payola Exposed!  —  Thanks to my friend and top Digg user #6 Karim Yergaliyev (supernova17), we bring to you the latest edition of 'Digg Payola Exposed!'  —  Note: I replaced the email addresses to reflect the Digg user names of the individuals that received the email.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 34%; Media Grows 25%; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 55%  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.  —  Operating cash flow was $702 million in 2006, compared with $733 million in 2005.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Seagate introduces us to DAVE  —  More drive-makers are adding to the selection of mobile content servers to debut in 2007, as Seagate formally announced this week the Digital Audio Video Experience (DAVE).  DAVE will be a small, portable hard drive that will use WiFi and Bluetooth to transfer media and other files between devices.
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
What Comes Next  —  As most of you know, today is my last day as a fulltime employee at Microsoft.  It's been an exciting 16+ years and all I can say is that I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in this industry and at Microsoft.  What an incredible chance to work with such a great set of people.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Real-world testing  —  User feedback is always an important part of our product development process, and for our latest version of Google Maps for mobile, we decided to put ourselves in the driver's seat.  Hailing from London, I recently hopped across the pond with my fellow software engineer Jonathan Dixon …
Stace / Unwired View:
Replace the PC with your cellphone and Sony Ericsson Multimedia Cradle  —  Mobile phones are pretty small devices in their nature.  And no matter how you try, it will never be as convenient to use as a normal PC or other full sized multimedia devices.  The iPhone is the proof.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Brian / Copyblogger:
The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging  —  Blogging is a great way to grow a business, promote a cause, or spread new ideas, because when you take an educational approach to marketing, you gain the attention and trust of people who might otherwise simply ignore old-fashioned advertising.
Discussion: 901am
Google Blogoscoped:
Google News Broken Just Now  —  When it rains, it pours: Google News presents itself empty to me at the moment.  Search works, but there's just no news on the frontpage.  Reto Meier in the forum says, "This has been happening on and off for about 24hrs.  Very frustrating!"
Lifehacker:
Screenshot Tour: How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD  —  Extremely impressed at the ease and speed with which the Ophcrack Live CD cracked my Windows admin password when I tested it out [last] a few weeks ago, I thought it might be useful to throw together a quick guide detailing …
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Valleywag:
PAY PER POST: A startup's awful reality  —  The last bubble produced Startup, a painful documentary about hubris and disappointment at a well-funded New York internet venture called Govworks.  On the whole, entrepreneurs are wiser, and more discreet, this cycle.  But not Ted Murphy of Pay Per Post.
 
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Dutch botnet hackers sentenced to time served
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
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Business Wire:
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Reuters:
Microsoft says Zune executive to leave the company