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Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

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Today's top stories...

Sting prevents $70 million in fraud
The FBI infiltrated and closed down Dark Market. The site was used to sell stolen financial information. The FBI says 56 people were arrested. This is a wakeup call for all of us. Protect yourself from ID theft.

Spotting media bias
SpinSpotter wants to help users spot media bias. The software works inside Firefox. Users can flag certain passages on news sites and add comments. But will it work? Sound off on my Message Board.

Are IRS computers a security risk?
The IRS is putting two computer systems online. However, a Treasury watchdog says the systems have security flaws. The IRS says safeguards are in place. The systems cost about $2 billion.

Ballmer: Windows 7 a major release
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Windows 7 is Vista, just better. The company doesn’t want to do too much to Windows 7. That could cause compatibility issues. But if it does too little, consumers may not buy.

Halo 3 skews game sales
Video game sales were down last month. But this can’t be blamed on the economic downturn. Halo 3 was released in September of last year. The blockbuster accounted for 35 percent of game sales.

Lack of FireWire angers Mac fans
Many Apple fans are angered by the new MacBooks. They don’t contain FireWire ports. However, the new MacBook Pros have FireWire. They cost about $1,000 more than regular MacBooks.

Peer-to-peer lending sites take a hit
Prosper and similar sites let visitors lend money to others. But they’re facing a crunch. Many lenders have shied away from the idea. And some sites are experiencing SEC complications.

Specialty sites help you save money
Who couldn’t use a little cash right now? Well, I have several sites that will help you pinch pennies the easy way. They’re all in my weekly column. It appears today at USAToday.

In the past two weeks, my e-mail has taken a grim turn. Many of my listeners are hurting financially. What, they ask, can I do to make money on the Internet? This weekend, I'll address that on a special edition of the Kim Komando Show. The highlights will include:

• Finding legitimate work-at-home opportunities
• Turning your castaways into cash
• Getting up-to-the minute stock quotes
• Selling your photos and crafts online
• And so much more!

Tell a friend! Share with your family! We're all in this together!

Keep theives away from your luggage with these brightly colored tags and locks!

Every day, Team Komando produces some of the best content you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Here is a sampling of what's new on our site today!

Enter Daily to Win: Do you want to learn to play guitar? eMedia makes it easy with the Guitar Method CD-ROM package, valued at $150. Enter my Giveaway of the Day Sweepstakes today for your chance to win. This 4 CD-ROM set will make you a guitar pro in no time!

Video of the Day: Every little girl dreams of having the perfect wedding. This bride doesn't exactly get her wish. I'm still laughing.

Cool Site of the Day: Unfortunately, lots of people don't have health insurance. Today's site lists places that offer free or discounted care.

Digital Minute, on your radio: Want to stretch your dollar? Then don't miss today's Minute! Find out about some great sites for saving money.

Free Download of the Day: It's usually impossible to get your personal videos onto your iPhone. But I have a converter that will do the job.

Tip on the site: You can separate audio from a video. Next, turn it into an MP3. Then hook up Dragon Naturally Speaking. Voila, a transcript!

There's more below, but first a word from us...

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Other Items of Interest
Set Your House Lights On A Timer
How Much Do Your Appliances Cost to Run?

Avoiding the shakes
Are your digital photos blurry? That’s a common complaint. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to improve your photos. My tip will help you get clear pictures from your camera.

Get the volume right on burned CDs
When you create a mix CD, you may notice differences in volume. Some tracks may be loud while others are quiet. There’s an easy way to fix this, though. Find out how in my tip!

See you tomorrow!
Kim :)

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