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12:25 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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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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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: Download Squad, Neowin.net and Slashdot
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.
Business Wire:
MySpace and Auditude Partner With MTV Networks to Enable New Advertising Opportunities for User Uploaded Video  —  Patented Indexing and Ad Targeting Combine to Transform Audience-Posted Videos Into Advertising Revenue Opportunities for Content Owners  —  LOS ANGELES & PALO ALTO, Calif. …
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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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Low Will Online Ads Go?  Lower, Says J.P. Morgan.  Very, Very Low, Says Gawker's Nick Denton  —  A year ago, the conventional wisdom said that the online ad market would still grow in an economic slump because online ads were cheaper, and more effective.  And they are.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Western Digital pushes into living room with WD TV  —  Western Digital may have uncovered the trick to getting into your living room: simplicity.  Today, the company is launching its WD TV HD Media Player, a box that makes it very easy to listen to music or watch movies, home videos, and pictures on your TV.
Discussion: Crave, Maximum PC all and Electronista
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.
Cherise Fong / CNN:
Internetting every thing, everywhere, all the time  —  (CNN) — It's called “The Internet of Things” — at least for now.  It refers to an imminent world where physical objects and beings, as well as virtual data and environments, all live and interact with each other in the same space and time.
John Oates / The Register:
Virgin sacks the Facebook 13, BA customers stink  —  Social networking for fun and P45s  —  Virgin Atlantic has sacked the thirteen staff who labelled customers “chavs” and criticised the maintenance record of the airline's fleet of Boeing 747s which fly from Gatwick.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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 …
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
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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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
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo News Is Bracing for a Day of Heavy Traffic
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Palo Alto Networks pulls in new funds to ride out recession
Discussion: PE Hub News
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
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Times Said Shopping About.com
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola ZINE ZN5 officially hits T-Mobile, paparazzis lose their jobs
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
John McCain and Barack Obama Talk Tech
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; 35 cinemas will keep operating under the Alamo brand, and Alamo's Michael Kustermann will remain CEO

 
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