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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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Structured blogging is here  —  Phil Pearson, Marc Canter and others have been burning the midnight candle getting Structured Blogging up and running.  It's live now and Phil has a round-up of all the action.  Structured blogging basically means publishing different kinds of information …
Phillip Pearson / Second p0st:
Structured Blogging is official
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Rumor Mill: Acquisition Time?  Is Google Going to the Opera?  —  I'm not one for spreading rumors but sometimes...?  Feel like a hot one?  OK, we've got one or should I say Dirson has one.  What is it?  Google is going to acquire Opera.  That's right, the wonderful and powerful Opera browser from Norway …
Microsoft Team RSS Blog:
Icons: It's still orange  —  My last post shared some of our conceptual designs of the feed icon and expressed some of the criteria that we are using to select the right icon.  Several of the comments liked icon #4 simply because it looked liked the Firefox icon, and many (like this one) …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
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
TDavid / Things That:
Day 365: looking back at one year with a Tablet PC  —  Still thinking about buying a Tablet PC this year?  Hey, I know the feeling, and was there a year ago.  Actually if you count the two preceding years leading up to my purchase, I've now spent three years thinking about the Tablet PC and how it fits into my computing life.
Craig Pringle:
Add Tablet PC Cred to Your Windows Forms Application
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Explore Smells Like Memeorandum  —  Whoa.  Niall Kennedy nonchalantly wrote earlier today about Technorati's version of Google Labs, called Technorati Kitchen.  It's where Technorati is putting it's not-fully-baked beta products.  —  There's only one project there now, and it's called "Explore".
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati Kitchen: it's what's cooking
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
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 …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Where's The Money In The Long Tail?  —  Six months ago there was barely a pitch I heard that didn't include a slide entitled "Long Tail" or "The Long Tail of [fill in the vertical]," with the obligatory long tail curve.  Impressively, it has taken less than a year of entrepreneurs explicitly referencing …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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

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