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11:30 AM 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  —  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
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
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 For Asian Expansion  —  Yet another Web 2.0 wunderkind got itself more shelter from the economic storm-widget maker RockYou announced today that it has nabbed a $17 million Investment from two Asian firms, SoftBank Group and SK Telecom Ventures.
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.
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.
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
PR Newswire:
Circuit City Stores, Inc. Provides Update on Liquidity and Announces Store Closing Plan  — Company Plans to Close 155 Stores, Further Reduce New Store Openings and Renegotiate Certain Leases — Company Announces Ongoing Evaluation of Additional Cost Reduction Initiatives …
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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 …
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.
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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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace, MTV Networks team with Auditude to profit from online video
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
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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
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Intel's Core i7 Chips Get Prodded, Poked and Compared: Good, But Expensive
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: Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Partnering for Cyberspace Security
 

 
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