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1:45 PM ET, November 13, 2006


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Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Sun picks GPL license for Java code  —  After years of requests and debates, Sun Microsystems is ready to release Java source code under a Linux-friendly license.  —  On Monday, it plans to put the code for the programming software under the version 2 of the General Public License (GPLv2) …
Java Is Free  —  When I took the job at Sun in early 2004, I had a long talk with John Fowler, about this blog among other things.  John said: "You might end up happier if you don't blog about open-sourcing Java."  That was then.  Today's story is simple: Unmodified GPL2 for our SE, ME, and EE code.
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Free as in Java  —  The news is out that Java is free.
Nick Bradbury:
Web 3.0 Does Not Validate  —  This weekend much of the geekosphere was buzzing about the "Web 3.0" article in the NY Times, but from where I stand, Web 3.0 does not validate.  —  Apparently, Web 3.0 is the latest re-branding of the Semantic Web, a noble attempt to turn the Web of documents into a Web of data.
Matthew Klam / New York Times:
The Online Auteurs  —  1. Some people were clowns at the kitchen table and in Mrs. Gadjodnick's third-grade class — they've been funny all their lives — and without making a big thing out of it, they've always believed that the world could use them up there on the silver screen.
Ken Elefant / VentureBeat:
The seven strategies for mobile ads, and which ones will work  —  The past few years haven't been easy for wireless service providers.  With 3G and fee-based data services a flop and a sagging voice business, not much seems to be going right for the mobile industry.  But the situation is set to change.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Lycos seeks rebirth as "virtual living room"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lycos Inc., a U.S. Internet portal that survived the bursting of the late 1990s dot-com bubble, plans to resurrect itself as a teen broadband video channel with a built-in text chat room.  —  Having missed much of the …
Valleywag Release Candidate 2  —  Some changes, today, on Valleywag, in design, personnel, and mission.  Obviously, there's a new design.  Nick Douglas, editor since launch earlier this year, is leaving.  And we're going to change the mix of stories, slightly.  —  1. Design.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Pre-Roll Not the Answer for Online Video  —  The growth of online video this year has been staggering, but marketers are still struggling to find ways to effectively monetize the channel.  According to a new report from eMarketer, as well as comments of several speakers at the Ad:tech …
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft Counting on a Twist to Make Zune Shine in Shadow of iPod  —  The hoopla was still swelling around last November's debut of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's latest entry in the game-console wars, when some on its development team began turning their attention to conceiving a new product.
Discussion: CinemaTech, Seth's Blog and Slashdot
James Brightman / Business Week:
Predatory Packaging  —  Are expensive bundles of next-gen consoles, games and assorted add-ons just one big con?  —  Many GameStop/EB customers may have been alerted this week to an upcoming bundle package for the Nintendo Wii.  Rather than offering a standalone console for purchase online …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Waiting for Skype to pay off for eBay  —  BERLIN: The managers of eBay, the world's largest online auctioneer, had something else in mind in September 2005 when they decided to pay at least $2.6 billion to buy Skype, the pioneer in Internet telephone service then based in Luxembourg.
Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider  —  The Samba Team disapproves strongly of the actions taken by Novell on November 2nd.  —  One of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software world and the free software world is that the proprietary software world divides users by forcing …
Mark Anderson / Wired News:
A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet censorship.
T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Riffs Into Actual Sounds: The World Weeps  —  Odds are that everyone has rocked out to the sweet sounds of an air guitar on at least one occasion and now scientists have invented a t-shirt that transforms your air riffs into real ones.
Discussion: Digital World and Ubergizmo
Google Blogoscoped:
Popular Blog Posts  —  I asked several bloggers about their most popular, or one of their most popular, blog posts - the kind that made an impact on people, had skyrocketing traffic numbers, or triggered a meme or changes.  Here are their answers (please note that I adjusted case for some answers …
Ryan Naraine /
Alarm Raised for Critical Broadcom Wi-Fi Driver Flaw  —  Computer security analysts are raising the alarm for a critical vulnerability in the Broadcom wireless driver embedded in PCs from HP, Dell, Gateway and eMachines.  —  The vulnerability, which exposed as part of the MoKB …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Exploit Targets Widely Deployed Wireless Flaw
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and VoIP Blog
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Asus officially unveils its G1 and G2 gaming notebooks
Discussion: I4U News
SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Apple's $7 Billion Christmas Quarter To Be Paced by iPod Sales
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Scoble didn't get a Zune sponsorship
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Intel researching "carbon nanotubes" for chip design
How to create your own optical illusion
Discussion: digg
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iranians outraged as Google redraws map
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
1UP editors: Wii got punk'd
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Shopping Site Offers a Way to Raid a Celebrity's Closet
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Customize the Embedded Google Video Player
James Bannan / APC:
Vista RTM cracked by pirates before release
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Start me up: The sound of Vista
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Nintendo's new Zelda most certainly doesn't fall flat
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