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7:10 PM ET, December 5, 2006


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Tim Gaden / APC:
The lock-out begins for Office Mac users  —  Microsoft hsa officially launched Office 2007, but that's bad news for Mac users.  —  Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 now all use different file formats: docx, xlsx and pptx.  —  Microsoft is calling these "Microsoft Office Open XML Formats" …
Sherjo / Mac Mojo:
Converters Coming!  Free and (Fairly) Fast.  —  There's been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning (; CrunchGear) about file format converters and Office for Mac.  Because some of these stories seem designed more to inflame than inform, I want to reiterate …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Open Document Format published as ISO standard  —  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) finally published the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official standard last week after approving it as an international standard last May.  The ODF file format—the XML-based open format for text …
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed, Slashdot and digg
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Windows Office 2007 files not compatible with Mac Office 2004  —  Delayed or not, the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac can't come soon enough for those who have little choice but to stick with Office in corporate environments.  Although we have enjoyed reasonable (but still far from perfect) …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Mac Office compatibility: When 'no comment' just isn't good enough  —  Reports are cropping up all over that users of older versions of Microsoft's Office for Mac suite cannot exchange documents created with the new Microsoft Office 2007 suite for Windows, due to file-format incompatibilities.
Macworld UK:
New Office 2007 file format to vex Mac users
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Calacanis Takes Position at Sequoia Capital  —  Today at 7 am PST at the SES conference in Chicago, Weblogs Inc. founder Jason Calacanis will announce that he has joined Sequoia Capital as an EIA (Entrepreneur in Action).  This comes just two and a half weeks after Jason announced his departure from AOL.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Jason Calacanis Speaks About Digg, Netscape, SEO & Pay Per Post Blogging  —  Initial founder of Weblogs, Inc., ex-AOL employee and the man who Dugg Netscape, Jason Calacanis was Danny Sullivan's guest today at Search Engine Strategies Chicago for the keynote conversation.
Discussion: SEO BlackHat
JASON CALACANIS: Anointed by Sequoia  —  Jason Calacanis is to shack up with Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley's leading venture capital partnership, Techcrunch has the jump on the story.  Michael Arrington says Calacanis will be an entrepreneur-in-residence, though the former Weblogs Inc founder …
Frank Barnako:   Calacanis joins VC firm
AMD Drives Next Generation of Energy-Efficient Computing with 65nm Technology Transition  — AMD continues track record of on-schedule process technology transitions with rapid conversion to 65nm —  Launching the next generation of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) …
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Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
AMD: New Chips Consume Half the Power of Core 2 Duo
Discussion: Slashdot
Paul Miller / Engadget:   AMD breaks out the cigars for its very first 65nm chips
Nick / Rough Type:
Avatars consume as much electricity as Brazilians  —  Tony Walsh has, as others do, some doubts about whether Second Life is sustainable as a business.  But he also poses another question that I hadn't come across before: "Is Second Life sustainable ecologically?"
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Music biz seeks Second Life via virtual real estate
Discussion: Valleywag
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be eyeing video game market  —  A recent series of checks by Prudential analyst Jesse Tortora indicate that Apple Computer has hired video game designers and may have aspirations of entering the video game market in long-term.  —  "We think the video game market represents …
DarwiinRemote is released!  —  What is DarwiinRemote?  — DarwiinRemote is a tiny software which reads data from and sends data to Nintendo Wii Remote  — Inputs  — 3-axis acceleration sensors  — all buttons except power button on/off  — Output  — 4 LEDs  — Force Feedback
Microsoft looking to run Windows on OLPC  —  Educational laptop could get Windows as well as Linux  —  Microsoft wants to make its Windows operating system available on the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) notebook computers, OLPC chairman Nicholas Negroponte said at the NetEvents conference in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
The Vanishing Click-Fraud Case  —  Why was a seemingly slam-dunk case against an alleged click-fraudster who attempted to extort Google quietly dismissed?  —  A detective novelist might call it The Mystery of the Vanishing Click-Fraud Case.  —  It began on Mar. 10, 2004 …
Discussion: AdJab and digg
Hitwise UK:
Threshers Voucher Creates Storm Online  —  Wow - a good deal sure can spread quickly online!  Last week, Threshers, the high street off-license (AKA wine store) sent a 40% discount voucher around to suppliers and distributors .  The offer spread virally across the web and resulted in a stampede …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Troubling '07 Forecast for the Old-Line Media but Not for the Online  —  THE first Monday in October is known in legal circles as the start of the Supreme Court term.  Similarly, on Madison Avenue, the first Monday in December has become familiar as the kickoff of the advertising forecast season.
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