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9:50 AM ET, September 4, 2007

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Expert: Open XML Loses Standards Battle  —  Standards maven Andrew Updegrove predicts that the ISO will announce that Microsoft's Open XML failed to be voted in as a standard.  —  Standards expert and attorney Andrew Updegrove has predicted that on Sept. 4 the International Organization …
Discussion: Ars Technica and InfoWorld
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Favored to Win Open Document Vote  —  Amid intense lobbying, Microsoft is expected to squeak out a victory this week to have its open document format, Office Open XML, recognized as an international standard, people tracking the vote said Monday.  —  The move would help Microsoft …
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Sony to Challenge Apple In TV, Movie Downloads  —  CEO Stringer Sees Video  —  As Key to Reclaiming  —  Title as No. 1 Innovator  —  TOKYO — Two years after taking the helm of Sony Corp., Chief Executive Howard Stringer is quietly preparing a big move to expand the company …
Financial Times:
Chinese military hacked into Pentagon  —  By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Richard McGregor in Beijing  —  The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American ­officials.
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Pagan Kennedy / New York Times:
A Space for Us  —  I first ventured onto MySpace this winter.  After a few minutes of exploring, I clicked into a profile posted by a girl smashed on vodka.  Her photo showed her slumped across her desk, blond hair fanning over her laptop.  Here's the most disturbing part of the story …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Online Fandom
Gabriel Rivera / riverag.com:
The Word "LINUX" is inappropriate in XBOX Live  —  I love Linux and the XBOX 360, so yesterday I tried to include the word "LINUX" in the motto section on XBOX Live.  I was stunned when I got a message saying "Your motto contains inappropriate language.  Please try again".
Rea Maor / Geeks and Technology:
7 Reasons Why Microsoft is DOOMED!  —  Not this year, not next year... but soon - almost certainly by the next decade.  —  #1. Their business model is a dead-end.  - Back when Microsoft first started business in 1980, software as a commodity was still a fuzzy concept.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Tool To Map Website Visitors  —  Good things come in pairs, I guess.  Yesterday I wrote about FeedJit's new visitor mapping widget.  Today, whos.amung.us, a real time traffic widget that we covered back in March, released a Flash based map widget that also shows the physical location of website visitors.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Bill Ray / The Register:
Sony Ericsson loses head  —  Miles Flint, president of Sony Ericsson, has stepped down to spend more time with his money; to be replaced by Dick Komiyama, current chairman of the board at Sony Electronics, USA.  —  When Flint took the helm at SE, in June 2004, the company …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Compromised Emails Lead To IE Exploiter Tool  —  Sometimes, it's impossible to know where an investigation will take you.  And though your initial focus might change somewhat, every now and again the focus will change so dramatically that what you end up with is nothing like what you were expecting.
Discussion: PC World and Dancho Danchev
vnunet:
Radio iPods expected on Wednesday  —  New iPods designed to support digital radio  —  Apple is expected to launch a new range of iPods this week designed to receive digital radio.  —  The company will make an announcement about the new products on 5 September, but is remaining quiet about what changes will be made.
BBC:
Cyber crime tool kits go on sale  —  Malicious hackers are producing easy to use tools that automate attacks to cash in on a boom in hi-tech crime.  —  On sale, say security experts, are everything from individual viruses to comprehensive kits that let budding cyber thieves craft their own attacks.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
A boring rant  —  In the interest of keeping items brief I've cut the previous post and put the boring stuff here.  Enjoy.  Or don't enjoy, as the case may be.  Skip over it.  Whatever.  —  It's not just Disney and ABC that are out of touch.  Look at the management team at NBC Universal.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and O'Reilly Radar
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Mozilla keeps Eudora alive, releases new version based on Thunderbird  —  The Eudora team might have called it quits on commercial aspirations and released the product as open source some time ago, but that doesn't mean you should get the trash bin out just yet.
Peteris Krumins / good coders code, great reuse:
Designing Digg Picture Website in a Matter of Hours  —  I released full source code of the reddit media website (reddit media website generator suite (.zip)).  It can now be totally reused with minor modifications to suit the digg for pictures website.  —  Only the following modifications need to be made:
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Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Can you digg it?  —  As the social bookmarking site Digg often proves …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
 
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The Register:
Oracle buys Netsure Telecom
Discussion: InfoWorld
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA says no to suing movie fans, yes to paying $15,000 for private e-mails
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The hundred gadget giveaway starts midnight tonight
Discussion: Mobility Site and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Return Of The Schwag  —  The true hard core geek/fanboy crowd …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Presentations and JotSpot Could Be Available Next Week
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Coming soon: hard drives with 1GB+ DDR RAM cache