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8:55 PM ET, November 14, 2007

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Music boss: we were wrong to go to war with consumers  —  The boss of Warner Music has made a rare public confession that the music industry has to take some of the blame for the rise of p2p file sharing.  —  Speaking at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Macau, Edgar Bronfman told mobile operators …
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Radio Google  —  Google's phone plan begins a war with Verizon, Microsoft and the wishes of the feds.  —  Google's November surprise will rattle the wireless industry for months.  On Nov. 5 the Mountain View, Calif. search giant announced that it had cobbled together an alliance …
BBC:
'Virtual theft' leads to arrest  —  A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from "rooms" in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website.  —  The 17-year-old is accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money.
public.resource.org:
Announcement  —  1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available.  —  Public.Resource.Org and Fastcase, Inc. announced today that they will release a large and free archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754.
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John Markoff / Bits:
Score One for the Web's Don Quixote  —  Carl Malamud's quixotic mission to free government information took a stop closer to reality on Wednesday morning when he struck a deal with Fastcase to electronically publish a free archive of federal case law.  —  Mr. Malamud, an Internet radio pioneer …
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Forrester Calls Desktop Linux a Credible Threat to Windows  —  Nearly half of enterprises have concrete plans to deploy Windows Vista, and 7 percent will have started by Dec. 31.  —  Linux is becoming a credible threat to Windows on the desktop, and will grow over the next year …
Discussion: WebProNews and InfoWorld
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Vista's biggest problem remains Windows XP, survey says
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Meet the PayPal mafia  —  An inside look at the hyperintelligent, superconnected pack of serial entrepreneurs who left the payment service and are turning Silicon Valley upside down.  Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien reports.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — A door opens, and a blond man appears in a white jacket with large buttons.
Discussion: Valleywag
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT and XPS ONE make first public appearance  —  Dell fans, we've got some juicy meat for you to sink your teeth into.  During Michael Dell's keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld today, the company unleashed (or at least demoed) its forthcoming all-in-one PC, creatively named the XPS One.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell shows off tablet and all-in-one at Oracle OpenWorld
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Tablet PC
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Apple monster update fixes 41 Mac OS X, Safari vulnerabilities  —  Apple today released a monster update to provide belated cover for at least 41 security holes in its flagship Mac operating system.  —  With Security Update 2007-008 and Mac OS X v10.4.11, Apple patches multiple "highly critical" …
Discussion: TidBITS
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Comcast Sued Over BitTorrent Blocking - UPDATED  —  A California man filed suit in state court Tuesday against internet service provider Comcast, arguing that the company's secret use of technology to limit peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent violates federal computer fraud laws …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
WordPress Traffic Passes TypePad, Execs Getting Rich?  —  WordPress is now the No. 2 most-visited blog host, passing rival SixApart's TypePad last month, according to the latest tally from Nielsen Online.  WordPress-hosted sites drew 11.4 million unique visitors last month …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Barack Obama to name a "Chief Technology Officer"  —  The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has given VentureBeat an exclusive look at his technology plan, which he plans to unveil officially tomorrow (Wednesday) before a visit to Google's headquarters.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Barack Obama's Google-Friendly Technology Platform
Walt Mossberg / The Mossberg Solution:
Singing a New Zune  —  Microsoft's Retooled Player Marks a Vast Improvement; However, It's Still No iPod  —  November 14, 2007  —  by Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret  —  Last year, when Microsoft Corp. introduced its Zune music player to take on Apple's iPod juggernaut, the software giant struck out.
CNET News.com:
New computer interface: Blow on the screen  —  Georgia Tech researchers have created a hands-free user interface that uses a microphone to tell where on a computer screen a person is blowing.  (From News.com's Underexposed blog.)  —  Marvel pops comics online, hopes fans pay
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Sun launches xVM virtualization platform  —  At Oracle OpenWorld Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, unveiled his company's latest twist on virtualization-the Sun xVM platform.  Sun xVM is based on the Xen hypervisor and supports Windows, Linux and Solaris guest operating systems, Green said.
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Price cut boosts PlayStation 3 sales  —  LOS ANGELES - U.S. sales of the PlayStation 3 more than doubled in the weeks after the company slashed the video game console's price $100 and launched a low-end model, Sony Corp. CEO Howard Stringer told The Associated Press Wednesday.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
InfoWorld:
With Web 2.0, a new breed of malware evolves  —  Web 2.0 technologies may be laying the groundwork for a new generation of hacker tools, a noted security researcher said Wednesday.  —  Google Mashups, RSS feeds, search, all of these can be misused by hackers to distribute malware …
Discussion: OWASP
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broadband data collection bill passes full House
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Platform: our interview with Angus Logan
Discussion: WinBeta
InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft's OneCare 2.0 due next week
Sam Gustin / Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine:
Huffington Posts a Profit
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Sun Microsystems' reconciliation tour continues
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Do Canonical Web Designs Exist?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook's Owen Van Natta Speaks!
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Mozilla responds: Firefox is independent
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Wal-Mart Plans To Re-Stock Hot-Selling Linux PC
Discussion: CrunchGear, TechWeb and Gizmodo
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Hacker finds 492,000 unprotected Oracle, SQL database servers
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Ballmer Welcomes Google's Android OS to "Microsoft's World"
Discussion: TechSpot News
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Software update for Nokia N800 tablet leaks, fans go gaga
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Apple iMac: Still the Desktop Star
BBC:
Nintendo warns of Wii shortages