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12:00 PM ET, November 3, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Third party apps killing our security  —  Why would hackers target Microsoft directly when there is so much low hanging fruit hanging from the Windows operating system?  —  The short answer is that hackers won't attack Microsoft directly because they have plenty …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft: Trojans are huge and China is tops in browser exploits
Discussion: The Register and InformationWeek
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Irrepressible widget-maker RockYou aims at Asia, raises $17M  —  RockYou, a company that started out two years ago making simple slideshow widgets for MySpace, and more recently applications on Facebook and other rival social networks, is now invading Asia.  —  It has taken on strategic funding …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Video of RockYou Founders Talking About the New $17 Million Funding …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Social
Business Technology:
Salesforce.com Wants to Host Your Web Site  —  Salesforce.com is getting into the Web site hosting business, the latest sign that the company's ambitions reach beyond the sales-automation software it's named for.  —  Salesforce.com, whose annual conference gets under way in San Francisco Monday …
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Ted Dziuba / The Register:
What Ray Ozzie didn't tell you about Microsoft Azure  —  Behind the whiteboard of confusion  —  Fail and You Unveiled earlier this month at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference by Chief Whiteboard Operator Ray Ozzie, the Azure Services Platform confused damn near everyone.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft confirms MinWin is in Windows 7, after all  —  MinWin — the core of the Windows operating system — is, indeed, in Windows 7.  It's just not part of it in the way many people (including yours truly) initially assumed.  —  Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, who detailed via …
Discussion: Slashdot
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ad Net Rates Dropped 11% In The Third Quarter  —  The average amount advertisers pay publishers to display their ads one thousand times — CPMs — dropped 11 percent from Q2 to Q3 across the 307 ad networks and 1,300 publishers that ad-optimizing firm The Rubicon Project calls clients.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless kills Pay as You Go data plans, data plans now mandatory  —  This has been rumored to be coming but VZW E dropped the bomb on us all by leaking a Verizon Wireless document detailing some drastic changes to Verizon's data plans.  Starting November 14th, 2008 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Social Networks Reunion.com and Wink Merge  —  Two lesser-known social networks Reunion.com and Wink have merged.  The two sites focus on people and alumni/classmates search, and now plan to launch a new brand early next year.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:   Social Search Engines Wink, Reunion to Merge
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm site updated, treasure hunt announced  —  The BlackBerry Storm notification page set up by Verizon back during the announcement has received a significant overhaul, showing off not only specs and 360°-worth of pictures, but also something of a treasure hunt from November 6th. to the 15th.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
John McCain and Barack Obama Talk Tech  —  In advance of tomorrow's elections, here's a pair of videos of the two presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, talking about tech.  —  While Obama has many more supporters in the tech and Internet sectors …
Discussion: CNET News, Datamation and TechCrunch
Sydney Morning Herald:
Sensis concedes defeat to Google  —  Telstra's Sensis has given up on competing with Google in online search and mapping, announcing today it would provide its Yellow business listings to Google Maps and abandon its own search engine for one powered by Google.
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
VoxOx goes gunning for Skype, Digsby  —  What if Digsby and Skype merged into one seemingly all-powerful VoIP and messaging communications tool?  It's a question which, according to San Diego-based telephone company TelCentris, can be answered by VoxOx.  —  VoxOx incorporates features …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo News Is Bracing for a Day of Heavy Traffic  —  The festive red, white and blue graphics have been designed.  The production rehearsals have been held.  The Web servers have been adjusted in preparation for a great influx of traffic.  Now Yahoo News is waiting for the election results to start streaming in.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Intel's Core i7 Chips Get Prodded, Poked and Compared: Good, But Expensive  —  Intel's Core i7 chips, otherwise known as Nehalem, are here and over at Bit-Tech they've got hold of an i7 965, 940 and 920 and run them through a testing process to check if they're as crazy fast as we'd heard they were.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Times Said Shopping About.com  —  The troubled New York Times Company is running out of options.  It owes more than $1 billion, close to half of it coming due in the next two years.  But it just ruled out layoffs for the foreseeable future and will probably try to avoid cutting …
David Adewumi / VentureBeat:
Weebly scores 1 million users, reaches profitability  —  Weebly, an AJAX-based drag and drop web page creator, today announces it has reached a million registered users — and perhaps more importantly — that the three-year-old company is now profitable.  —  The San Francisco …
New York Times:
Campaigns in a Web 2.0 World  —  Shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 19, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president during the taping of “Meet the Press” on NBC.  Within minutes, the video was on the Web.  —  But the clip was not rushed onto YouTube; it was MSNBC.com, the network's sister entity online …
Discussion: Portals and KM and Technology Live
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Censorship, or What Really Weirds Out Weird Al  —  Visitors to MTV's new online music video site can listen to songs with plenty of crass and vulgar lyrics, but may be surprised to find that certain other language had once been deemed too nasty for broadcast — that is, the names …
 
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Kindle Offers Glimpse of ROI on Oprah
John Oates / The Register:
Virgin sacks the Facebook 13, BA customers stink
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
GE wants your appliances talking to your electricity utility
Chris Mellor / The Register:
InPhase delays holographic storage to late 2009
Discussion: Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Palo Alto Networks pulls in new funds to ride out recession
Discussion: PE Hub News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital pushes into living room with WD TV
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
David Rothman / TeleRead:
FBReader releases Android update for real Google phones …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows 7 ‘pre-beta’ washes up on Pirate Bay and co
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft unveils 60 million dlr investment in SKorea
Discussion: Engadget
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola ZINE ZN5 officially hits T-Mobile, paparazzis lose their jobs
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Three strikes” P2P rule inches closer to law in France
Discussion: paidContent
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
MTV Networks in deal to monetize uploaded videos
 

 
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