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10:25 AM ET, November 3, 2008

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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
Discussion: Beyond Binary and webmonkey
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: eWeek, Guardian and InformationWeek
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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
John Markoff / New York Times:
On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and webmonkey
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.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and The Social
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Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:   Social Search Engines Wink, Reunion to Merge
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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: Datamation and TechCrunch
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola ZINE ZN5 officially hits T-Mobile, paparazzis lose their jobs  —  There hasn't been much doubt about Motorola's MOTOZINE ZN5 hitting T-Mobile, but official confirmations are always a nice thing, no?  Starting today, at select T-Mobile corporate locations and online, you'll be able to pickup a Motorola ZN5 for yourself.
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 …
 
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
InPhase delays holographic storage to late 2009
Discussion: Engadget
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo News Is Bracing for a Day of Heavy Traffic
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
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
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft unveils 60 million dlr investment in SKorea
Discussion: Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Three strikes” P2P rule inches closer to law in France
Discussion: paidContent
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Partnering for Cyberspace Security
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Is the MacBook Air overpriced?
 

 
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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

Mike Scarcella / Reuters:
A US judge rules that Nina Jankowicz, a former Biden anti-disinformation official, could not back up her defamation claims against Fox News and parent Fox Corp

 
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