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5:45 PM ET, November 8, 2007

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IEBlog:
IE Automatic Component Activation (Changes to IE ActiveX Update)  —  Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages.  Some sites required users to "click to activate" before they could interact with the control.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft to launch test build of Internet Explorer refresh in December
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
FreshBooks Goes the Extra Mile  —  FreshBooks is a billing web application that allows people to send, track and collect online payments.  I don't use FreshBooks (I generally have no one to invoice) and I don't know much about the Ontario, Canada-based company, but judging from their web site …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Jonathan / Oceanic:
FreshBooks Makes My Day  —  Back in April, 2007, the blog …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Reuters:
Vonage loss widens, but settlement boosts shares  —  update Internet calling company Vonage Holdings on Thursday reported a bigger quarterly loss on litigation costs, but a legal settlement with AT&T raised hopes that such problems were coming to an end.  —  Vonage shares rose more than 21 percent …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Screenshots of first Googlephone app [Exclusive]  —  Remember WhatsOpen.com, the stealth search startup that piqued Google cofounder Sergey Brin's interest last month?  Brin was so intrigued he told the founders to keep the company hush-hush.  Now, however, a source has leaked screenshots of WhatsOpen's secret project.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
First screenshots of application running on Google's Android platform?
Discussion: textually.org
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: November 8, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: November 13, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of two security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on November 13, 2007.
Michael Tanne / Wink Blog:
Major Update to Wink People Search  —  Today we released a major update to Wink People Search.  Wink now gives people control over their search profile allowing them to fill in or correct information, and decide which links to include.  We also enable people to contact friends they find online …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray's DRM crown jewel tarnished with crack of BD+  —  One advantage that backers of Blu-ray have touted in the format battle with HD DVD is its extra helping of "unbreakable" DRM called BD+.  It's not unbreakable after all.  SlySoft, makers of AnyDVD, have released a new beta …
Discussion: Digg
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Blu-ray Phaser defends dorks from the HD DVD borg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
LookSmart (LOOK) Bombs: Bad News for GOOG/YHOO?  —  LookSmart had a terrible quarter, with advertising revenue growing only 4% year over year (this is Internet, remember, not TV).  It also stopped providing guidance (presumably because it doesn't have anything good to say).
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Redstone: 'If Content Is King, Copyright Is Its Castle'  —  He may look his age when he's not speaking, but when Sumner Redstone, the 84-year-old chairman of Viacom and CBS, starts talking about the shifting media landscape, you forget he was born when radio was a novelty.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Read/WriteWeb
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds  —  Hushmail, a longtime provider of encrypted web-based email, markets itself by saying that "not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted e-mail, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer."
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
'Internet van' helped drive evolution of the Web  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—If not for this nondescript, gray van with the letters "SRI" painted on the side, you might not be reading this article right now.  —  Parked feet from the entrance of the Computer History Museum here in the heart of Silicon Valley …
Melissa Lafsky / Freakonomics:
Is Web Video Really Hurting TV?  —  The current conventional wisdom is that the rise of Internet video may mean the end of television as we know it — a view that extends to the music industry as well, as we've seen before.  Viacom's $1 billion copyright infringement suit …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Blogcosm Challenges Technorati, Techmeme to Parse the Blogosphere  —  Blogcosm is a new company aiming to build a directory of the blogosphere.  From the mundane to the esoteric, the company wants to provide users with a rich data set about any particular blog of interest or the vertical market it is in.
Discussion: Mashable!
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Research Note: Evil is in the DNA, Special Facebook Edition  —  "..."There are these small bands of people who are trying to take over the world," Yu said. "  This is so much more fun than working at a hedge fund or an investment bank.  ie, Gideon Yu, Facebook's CFO.  —  That's a really (really) important quote.
Cris Castello / Google LatLong:
How's the weather?  —  A wise man once said, "I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong."  When it comes to weather forecasts, this certainly rings true.  You always remember that day when you planned a picnic because it was supposed to be sunny and it ended up raining.
Macworld UK:
iPhone queue forming at Regent Street store  —  The first few people have formed an iPhone queue outside the company's Regent Street store  —  Jonny Evans  —  Apple will launch the iPhone in the UK at 6.02pm tomorrow night - and a queue is already forming outside its doors on Regent Street.
Discussion: CNET News.com, iLounge and Neowin.net
 
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investor.shareholder.com:
LookSmart Announces Sale of FindArticles.com
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Blogworld Session Summaries: New Media, SEO for Blogs
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The iPod/iTunes link IS monopolistic
Ars Technica:
How we got here  —  CableCARDs have an intriguing pedigree.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Record amount of private equity raised — gives entrepreneurs an upper hand
Yakov Sadchikov / blognation:
Welcome to Europe's Fastest Growing Internet Population
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
AT&T Asking For Trouble With Filtering Plans
Discussion: DSLreports and Business Week
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
"Set the Data Free"
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Should Sell AOL To Yahoo (YHOO)
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Adobe Buzzword Word Processor Now Available To All
Chris Williams / The Register:
Surge in encrypted torrents blindsides record biz
Discussion: p2pnet
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
I Know Why Digg Hasn't Sold Until Now
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo temporarily reinstates $400 lifetime subscription for Series3, HD
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Apple confirms international 1.1.2 iPhone update to Pocket-lint
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Fear Among Facebook Developers