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Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
Syndicate Conference: is officially launched  —  Marc Canter is on stage to announce the launch of, a non-profit initiative supporting the development and deployment of micro-formats in blog posts.  The idea is pretty simple …
Discussion: Mashable* and Second p0st
Dave Girard / Ars Technica:
Aperture  —  Because of the popularity of our not-so-glowing Aperture review, we've prepared an addendum to our review to address some questions, concerns and misconceptions people had.  There were three main streams of feedback about our initial review of Aperture.
Rebecca Freed / PC World:
Aperture Takes Digital Photography Back to the Future  —  Apple's new high-end photo-editing software delivers tools like those the pros use to work with film.  —  Apple has just begun shipping its $499 pro-level digital photography workflow and editing application, Aperture.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati Kitchen: it's what's cooking  —  Technorati just introduced the Technorati Kitchen, an area where we can post projects we have been working on that we do not feel are ready for integration on the main site.  The first project available in the Technorati Kitchen is Explore …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Explore Smells Like Memeorandum
Industry Leaders Announce First Large-Scale Near Field Communication Trial in North America  —  Atlanta Spirit, Chase, Cingular, Nokia, Philips, Visa USA and VIVOtech to pilot next-generation mobile phone contactless payment and content applications  —  Atlanta, Dec. 14, 2005 …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
It's Star Wars on Satellite Radio  —  Bob Dylan shocked his fans 40 years ago by embracing the electric guitar.  Now he's stunning a few more by embracing another technological innovation: satellite radio.  —  The singer has signed on to serve as host of a weekly one-hour program on XM Satellite Radio …
Xbox 360 sold out on some major Web sites  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 video game console remained sold out at some major Web retailers on Tuesday and one analyst said he expected holiday shipments at the lower end of his previous forecast.
Discussion: Joystiq
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Microsoft Fixes Critical IE Problems  —  Microsoft this week fixed a widely reported flaw in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser that had been used by attackers over the past few weeks to take over the PCs of unsuspecting users.  The flaw was one of four IE bugs fixed Tuesday in Microsoft's regularly scheduled software update.
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog
David /
Rails 1.0: Party like it's one oh oh!  —  15 months after the first public release, Rails has arrived at the big 1.0.  What a journey!  We've gone through thousands of revisions, tickets, and patches from hundreds of contributors to get here.  I'm incredibly proud at the core committer team …
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise
New Yorker:
CYBER CITY  —  Typically, video games are set in places with names like Myst, Zanarkand, and, slightly less fantastically, Vice City.  True Crime: New York City, which was released last month by Activision and is being advertised on billboards around town, is set in Manhattan.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Traci Hailpern /
Reuters Selects FeedBurner to Deliver Global News and Advertising to RSS Subscribers  —  Chicago, IL — December 13, 2005 — Reuters, the world's largest international multimedia news source, has selected FeedBurner, the leading feed management provider, to expand its delivery …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
CHEATING GOOGLE 101  —  I wanted to understand clickfraud a bit better, so I started advertising this blog on Google and trying to see what sort of fraud it could catch.  Then when I had finished the experiments I left the ads running.  Now I've just checked the latest stats …
Discussion: Techdirt
Stephen Bryant /
Year in Review: AJAX Desktops and Homepages  —  Review: Home pages are making a comeback, thanks to AJAX and Flash-powered "desktop" applications.  Inside, a look at seven desktop and homepage apps vying for your news feeds, bookmarks, and sticky notes.  —  The homepage is making a comeback.
Dan Orzech / Wired News:
The Hydrogen Gold Rush Is On  —  Move over, Ben Franklin.  Todd Livingstone has a plan to solve the energy crisis by capturing huge amounts of energy from lightning.  —  The idea itself is not new.  But Livingstone, an inventor and electronics technician from Boston …
Discussion: Cleantech Investing
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
TV glitch mars Xbox 360 Kong game  —  Fans wanting to get the best out of the King Kong video game should avoid the version for Microsoft's new Xbox 360, the game's maker Ubisoft has suggested.  —  Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot admitted that the 360 game is too dark on standard TVs, making it hard to play.
Tim Richardson / The Register:
'BT worker' fingered for X-Factor betting scam  —  BT is investigating allegations that one of its workers is at the centre of a betting scam that made thousands of pounds from TV shows such as the X Factor.  —  These shows - including Celebrity Fame Academy, Hell's Kitchen …

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