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8:35 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.
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
First Look at Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere  —  Microsoft is announcing two products today which are going to make them an even bigger force in the Rich Internet Application market space.  If you think about some of the things that define the world of RIAs you come up with traits …
The new Expression & WPF/E
Discussion: MSTechToday and OpsanBlog
John Dowdell / JD on EP:
"Microsoft targets Adobe"
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Social Net For Grown-ups LinkedIn Hits Inflection Point; Profitability
Wife, daughters of missing CNET editor found alive  —  update The wife and daughters of missing CNET senior editor James Kim have been found alive and airlifted to a local hospital, authorities announced at a press conference in Merlin, Ore., Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Joe Duck, Cult of Mac, and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Kati Kim and children found, James Kim still missing
Discussion: Things That and UNEASYsilence
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Everyone is a photo journalist
Discussion: The Trademark Blog
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 …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
A Newspaper Chain Sees Its Future, And It's Online and Hyper-Local  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Could this be the future of newspapering?  —  Darkness falls on a chilly Winn-Dixie parking lot in a dodgy part of North Fort Myers just before Thanksgiving.  Chuck Myron sits in his little gray Nissan …
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
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: Techdirt, Torrentfreak, GigaOM and Slashdot
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.
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Marketers' Websites Outdraw Those of Major Media Players  —  P&G and Unilever Attract 9 Million Unique Visitors Monthly  —  CINCINNATI ( — Believe it or not, those boring corporate websites are pulling in more eyeballs — and more influencers — than the flashy prime time TV shows …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Porn prank sends Microsoft a message on licensing  —  One Microsoft group received a rather harsh lesson in Creative Commons licensing today: For a while this morning, Microsoft's RSS Team Blog featured a partially censored pornographic image, which has since been removed.  —  How did it get there in the first place?
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
Kira Lee / QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies:
QUALCOMM to Acquire Airgo and Bluetooth Assets of RFMD  —  Move Enables Customers to More Quickly Deliver Industry-Leading Mobile Broadband Devices  —  QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions …
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Online Wii gaming will roll out Q2 2007, sez Reggie
Discussion: CrunchGear, Joystiq and digg
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
How to Build a User Community, Part 1
Scott Kirsner / Mercury News:
As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media
Discussion: Reel Pop and CinemaTech
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask City Launches Amid High Expectations
USA Today:
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Azureus' HD Vids Trump YouTube
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