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7:45 PM ET, November 14, 2007

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PC Pro:
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 …
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
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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.
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell shows off tablet and all-in-one at Oracle OpenWorld
Discussion: The Tablet PC and CNET News.com
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.
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 …
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple updates Tiger with Safari 3, security fixes  —  Apple is taking Tiger to 11.  —  The company released a major update to Mac OS X 10.4 on Wednesday that delivers several improvements, fixes some bugs, and patches several security holes identified in recent months.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Infinite Loop and MacUser
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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
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Ballmer Welcomes Google's Android OS to "Microsoft's World"  —  Ballmer has some more interesting insight into looking at the world through Microsoft-colored glasses.  —  At a recent Tokyo press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say about Google and its new Android OS …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Computerworld:
Google Android gets positive early reviews
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
NewTeeVee: A Look At The Underlying Networks  —  Next up at NewTeeVee Live, a panel on underlying networks that carry Internet video, called "The Network Makerover."  On the panel: Cisco's (CSCO) Tony Bates; Akamai (AKAM) CTO Mike Afergan, Verizon's (VZ) Jeff Harris, Hilmi Ozguc of Maven Networks and Grant van Rooyen of Level 3 (LVLT).
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
New Tee Vee Conference - Video Advertising
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
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.
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 …
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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
 
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Platform: our interview with Angus Logan
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InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft's OneCare 2.0 due next week
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Forrester Calls Desktop Linux a Credible Threat to Windows
Discussion: InfoWorld
Sam Gustin / Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine:
Huffington Posts a Profit
Business Wire:
Red Hat and Hyperic Extend Collaboration on Open Source Systems …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Do Canonical Web Designs Exist?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Geezeo Adopts a Pig and Adds Budgeting and New Live Chat
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook's Owen Van Natta Speaks!
Discussion: Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Mozilla responds: Firefox is independent
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Wal-Mart Plans To Re-Stock Hot-Selling Linux PC
Discussion: CrunchGear, TechWeb and Gizmodo
LAW.com:
Blogger Defeats Identity Disclosure
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Hacker finds 492,000 unprotected Oracle, SQL database servers
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