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9:55 AM ET, November 3, 2008

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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.
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Salesforce.com extends cloud computing service  —  Salesforce.com is expanding its cloud computing service with a new option that lets customers more easily build external Web sites.  —  The company is expected to announce the new service, called Force.com Sites, at its Dreamforce user conference on Monday in San Francisco.
Business Technology:   Salesforce.com Wants to Host Your Web Site
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Force.com sets its Sites on Microsoft
Discussion: Between the Lines
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft: Trojans are huge and China is tops in browser exploits  —  China gets more browser-based exploits than any other country, according to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report for the first half of 2008.  —  Three things you might not know: Vulnerabilities are decreasing but becoming easier to exploit.
Discussion: The Register and InformationWeek
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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 …
Discussion: Guardian, eWeek and InformationWeek
John Markoff / New York Times:
On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows 7 ‘pre-beta’ washes up on Pirate Bay and co  —  It's as if people WANT to download Microsoft's next OS  —  Microsoft's “pre-beta” version of its upcoming OS - Windows 7 - has already tipped up on BitTorrent sites just as the dust settles on the firm's Professional Developers Conference.
Discussion: Beyond Binary and webmonkey
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
MTV Networks in deal to monetize uploaded videos  —  The company plans to pair ads with clips on MySpace using Auditude's technology.  —  Reporting from San Francisco — Hollywood used to fume when fans uploaded video clips to the Internet to share with their friends.  Now it's looking to cash in on them.
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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 …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ad 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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Palo Alto Networks pulls in new funds to ride out recession  —  Bracing for the downturn, Palo Alto Networks has added $10 million to the third round of financing it announced in August.  —  Lane Bess, chief executive of the enterprise firewall and security firm, raised $27 million …
Discussion: PE Hub News
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Social Networks Reunion.com and Wink Merge; Focusing on Meta People Search  —  Two of the lesser known social networks Reunion.com and Wink have merged together.  The two sites focus on people and alumni/classmates search, and will now launch a new brand early next year.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Intel's Core i7 Chips Get Prodded, Poked and Compared: Good, But Expensive
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital pushes into living room with WD TV
Discussion: Electronista
David Rothman / TeleRead:
FBReader releases Android update for real Google phones …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Scripps Tries to Steer Local Ads to Papers' Sites
Discussion: Industry Standard and Romenesko
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft unveils 60 million dlr investment in SKorea
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Three strikes” P2P rule inches closer to law in France
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Partnering for Cyberspace Security
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Is the MacBook Air overpriced?