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6:16 PM ET, December 2, 2006


 Top Items: 
FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool  —  update The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
Discussion: 21talks, Mickeleh's Take, digg and Slashdot
Michael Mahemoff / Ajaxian:
Death of Page View Metrics?  —  Steve Rubel says page view metrics have four years to live. … The question then becomes: What alternatives will be used?  Ryan Stewart suggests more emphasis will be placed on how much time people spend with a website, and also an "interaction rate" …
Question of the Week: Does Size Matter?  —  Gamasutra's latest Question of the Week asked our esteemed audience of game industry professionals, educators and students for feedback on the importance of a game's play length, particularly in terms of monetary value.
Discussion: Joystiq and Slashdot
Timothy Burke / Terra Nova:
The History of Virtual Worlds  —  I'm going for a first-time event here: a triple cross-post at Easily Distracted, Cliopatria and Terra Nova.  I'm at a meeting on law and virtual worlds at the New York Law School, and there's a really interesting panel discussion of methodologies in virtual worlds.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Joystiq
Business Week:
The Google/YouTube Come-On  —  Google (GOOG ) and YouTube are dangling nine-figure sums in front of major programming and network players—that is, the Time Warners, News Corp (NWS )s, and NBC Universals of the world.  Google calls these monies licensing fees, according to executives who've been involved in the discussions.
Mike / Techdirt:   Google Trying To Pay Off Big Entertainment Companies To Leave YouTube Alone
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning's New Social Network Will Comply With WoW  —  A representative for Shawn Fanning called TechCrunch today to make it clear that the social networking site that the Napster founder plans to launch next year will indeed be compliant with World of Warcraft's (WoW) terms of use.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Yahoo's Deal With Current TV In Jeopardy, Two Months After Launch  —  This is a surprise, but not really, considering the troubles Yahoo is going through now: Current TV's distribution/joint venture deal with Yahoo is in peril, reports  "Current is exploring better opportunities …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Current TV and Yahoo on the outs?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Now I Get JPG Magazine  —  JPG Magazine relaunched last month with a new business model: Get users to upload photos to their website, and then have the community vote on and rank photos.  The winners are published in a bi-monthly print magazine and get $100 plus a free one-year subscription.
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Million Dollar Homepage Becomes Multi-Million Dollar Homepage  —  Alex Tew, the mastermind behind The Million Dollar Homepage is most certainly pressing his luck.  Tew sold one million pixels worth of advertisement for $1 per pixel and made $1 million.  It worked so well that he thinks …
Leo Lewis / Financial Times:
Sony sidelines PS3 mastermind Kutaragi  —  Ken Kutaragi, the maverick Sony engineer behind all three generations of PlayStation games consoles, will on Friday become chairman and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment in a management reshuffle that underscores Sony's difficulties in the video games market.
Discussion: GigaOM and Joystiq
Is The PS3 Sony's Last Console?
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Gartner / Marketing Blog Bent …:
Podcasting's 15 Minutes Almost Up  —  Podcasting probably will never become an "impact media" like online video or satellite radio, and deservedly so.  —  According to the most recent survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, only 1 percent of Internet users download a podcast on a given day.
Discussion: MediaShift
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Open-source group wants educational patent reversed  —  A legal center is trying to overturn a patent it says threatens three open-source educational projects, a sign of the tension between patent holders and the collaborative programming community.  —  The Software Freedom Law Center …
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Vista: Companies Can Wait  —  Corporate buyers may be slow to adopt the new operating system and Office business programs  —  It's been five years since the last release of Microsoft's Windows operating system, and more than three since the previous iteration of its Office word-processing and spreadsheet program debuted.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
On to the next version of Windows  —  Guess Microsoft really wants to make sure the next version of Windows doesn't take another five years.  —  The day after releasing the final Windows Vista bits to volume-licensing business customers.  Microsoft issued a call to testers asking for input on the next version of Windows.
Joe / Techdirt:
Paging William Shatner: Restaurants To Let You Name Your Own Price  —  from the seen-this-before dept  —  There have been several attempts at selling things using the "name your own price" model, including many failed experiments at alone.  Now a company is hoping to try it again …
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
BenQ uses WTC & 9/11 imagery to sell devices  —  We're not exactly what you'd call sanctimonious — we try not to take ourselves or what we're doing too seriously — but we feel obligated to call BenQ out for using an image of a crumbled World Trade Center in an ad for its new MusiQ campaign.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ryan Block
Derek / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
Parallels - IE7 & Firefox in "coherence" mode  —  OS X Parallels Desktop users will rejoice knowing that the latest beta build of Parallels includes a slew of new updates including the ability to resize the virtual machine window (with resolution adjusting automatically) and my personal favorite - "coherence".
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Intel GM has "religious experience," buys a Mac
Discussion: The Apple Blog
Kevin Kelly / Joystiq:
Bringing your notebook doodles to life (finally): SketchFighter
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii launches in Japan
Discussion: I4U News