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6:15 PM ET, December 4, 2006

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft sends mixed messages with its new design tools  —  Microsoft is sending out mixed messages, in terms of its Web-design-tool strategy.  —  First, there's the positioning.  Redmond's "we plan to complement, not compete with Adobe" rhetoric — which I'm doubtful anyone who knows Microsoft will buy for a second.
Discussion: Beet.TV, JD on EP and Windows-Now.com
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces Expression Studio, Enhances Family of Professional Design Tools  —  Expression Web shipping, Expression Media announced; latest technology previews deliver product and new platform advancements with first CTP of WPF/E.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced significant …
istartedsomething.com:
The new Expression & WPF/E  —  The covers are off on the new Microsoft Expression design suite.  Everything we've known so far regarding Expression Blend as well as the new sub-domain names has been right, even Robert McLaws was nearly dead-on with his speculation on Expression Media.
Discussion: Mike Harsh's Blog and OpsanBlog
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Richard K / Silicon Valley Watcher:
12.4.06: Gannett radically remaking newspapers into something bloggy
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Have Camera Phone?  Yahoo and Reuters Want You to Work for Their News Service  —  Hoping to turn the millions of people with digital cameras and camera phones into photojournalists, Yahoo and Reuters are introducing a new effort to showcase photographs and video of news events submitted by the public.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Azureus' HD Vids Trump YouTube  —  The file sharing company Azureus on Monday launched a new distribution platform for downloading high-quality video, which the company hopes will become the next YouTube — but for high definition, DVD-quality video on the internet.
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New York Times:
The Future of Web Ads Is in Britain  —  If you want a glimpse of the future of advertising, you can hire a consultant — or you can travel to Britain.  —  Online advertising is racing ahead in Britain, growing at a roughly 40 percent annual rate, and is expected to account for as much as 14 percent …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
The big Digg rig  —  Digg became one of the top sites for tech news because it lets Web-savvy geeks decide what's newsworthy, offer up stories they like and vote on their favorites.  —  Now, dubious Internet marketers are planting stories, paying people to promote items …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Marketers' Websites Outdraw Those of Major Media Players  —  P&G and Unilever Attract 9 Million Unique Visitors Monthly  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Believe it or not, those boring corporate websites are pulling in more eyeballs — and more influencers — than the flashy prime time TV shows …
Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
A MySpace for grown-ups  —  Social networking has been great for the kids, but not of much use to business - until now.  With Reid Hoffman's MySpace-for-grown-ups at a tipping point, these days you're either LinkedIn or left out.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — At a Starbucks in downtown Mountain View …
Discussion: PaidContent and Mark Evans
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TiVo DRM cracked, non-Windows users rejoice  —  Historically, one of the main raps against TiVo has been its lack of support for non-Windows users with respect to transferring recordings off of the set-top box; TiVoToGo is a privilege served up to Windows users only.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Bram Cohen on BitTorrent's Future  —  Ace programmer Bram Cohen denies he is leaving BitTorrent — and says he's busier than ever positioning the company to totally own online video downloads.  —  In an exclusive e-mail interview, Cohen responds to the rumors that he is stepping down …
Discussion: Torrentfreak and Slashdot
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
VeriSign locks up .com through 2012  —  VeriSign will keep control over the .com top-level domain under terms of an agreement signed last week.  The US Department of Commerce has finally approved the deal reached last year, which will allow VeriSign to raise rates by up to 7 percent in four …
Nick / Rough Type:
The five Google products  —  It seems like only yesterday that a bunch of breathless articles appeared touting the brilliance of Google's innovation strategy.  That strategy was, if you recall, the spaghetti strategy: Throw a lot of stuff against the wall and see what sticks.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask City Launches Amid High Expectations  —  Barry Diller is putting a lot of pressure on Ask.  He keeps talking about Ask's role in IAC's overall operation and local in particular.  When he acquired Ask for almost $2 billion Diller immediately touted Ask's ability to knit together …
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't! …
Euan Semple / The Obvious?:
Nice place you have here  —  In an e-mail correspondence …
Discussion: edu.blogs.com and Slashdot
Samsung:
SAMSUNG to Showcase Mobile Broadband at ITU Telecm World 2006
Mark Suster / Koral Blog:
Venture Capital  —  Can it really be a month since my last blog posting?
Discussion: Ensight, Valleywag and ben barren
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Changing Climates for Microsoft and Google, Desktops and Webs
Discussion: Slashdot
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Online Wii gaming will roll out Q2 2007, sez Reggie
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Reflections on MediaTech  —  At the risk of repeating anything Sam …
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Scott Kirsner / Mercury News:
As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media
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USA Today:
Fox News pairs up with Yahoo
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
The Retooling of a Search Engine
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Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple iPhone Details From Kevin Rose
 

 
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