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10:00 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" …
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Sherjo / Mac Mojo:
Converters Coming!  Free and (Fairly) Fast.  —  There's been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning (apcstart.com; 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 …
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Office APIs - Embracing and Extending Microsoft Office
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
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.
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Frank Barnako:
Calacanis joins VC firm  —  Jason Calacanis, the former General Manager of AOL's Netscape (TWX) division, announced he's joining Sequoia Capital, a west coast venture investment firm.  Calacanis's Weblogs Inc. was purchased by AOL about a year ago.  In an appearance at a trade show Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Valleywag:
JASON CALACANIS: Anointed by Sequoia
Discussion: A VC
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Jason Calacanis Speaks About Digg, Netscape, SEO & Pay Per Post Blogging
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Yahoo:
Yahoo! Re-Aligns Organization to More Effectively Focus on Key Customer Segments and Capture Future Growth Opportunities  —  New Structure to Focus on Serving More Sophisticated Demands of Audiences, Advertisers and Publishers Worldwide  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec 05, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) …
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Execs Meet To Discuss Major Shakeup  —  Update - 6:15 pm: Yahoo released an official statement about the reorganization at approximately 5:45 p.m. The news confirms the resignation of COO Dan Rosensweig and elaborates on the company's new business focus.  Get more details from our update.
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 …
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
AMD: New Chips Consume Half the Power of Core 2 Duo  —  AMD announced its entry into the 65-nm manufacturing generation Tuesday with a new line of 65-watt "energy-efficient" processors that the company claimed already consumes just under 50 percent less power than the Intel Core 2 Duo.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
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AMD:
AMD Drives Next Generation of Energy-Efficient Computing with …
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Hirolog:
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
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In Tough Times, a Redesigned Journal  —  Over the last few years, The Wall Street Journal, like many newspapers, has been expanding, adding new sections — even a Saturday edition.  Now, with the newspaper industry struggling with economic and technological change, The Journal is about to shrink.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Swivel Aims To Become The Internet Archive For Data  —  Swivel Co-founders Dmitry Dimov and Brian Mulloy start off by describing their company as "YouTube for Data."  That's a good start for someone trying to understand it, because the site allows users to upload data - any data - and display it to other users visually.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
WebTrends Acquires Optimization Firm  —  Web analytics provider WebTrends has acquired online ad optimization provider ClickShift.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  "We interviewed our customers and found interest in increasing automation across campaigns, and in multivariate testing.
vnunet:
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Entrepreneur Idol competition shows digital media is hot — perhaps too hot  —  Yesterday, VentureBeat joined venture capital firm Charles River Ventures to judge the first CRV Entrepreneur Idol competition.  —  Held at Stanford, the competition provided great insight on the interests …
Discussion: Net and John Furrier
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (929433)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of limited "zero-day" attacks using a vulnerability in Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Office Word 2003 …
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 …
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