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8:05 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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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
Valleywag:
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
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
AMD:
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) …
Discussion: Crave RSS, TechSpot and The Tech Report
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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
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 …
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?"
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Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Music biz seeks Second Life via virtual real estate
Discussion: Valleywag
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
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Macworld's 2006 Game Hall of Fame  —  10 of the year's best Mac games and coolest accessories  —  If you're a pessimist, 2006 might have looked like a bleak year for Mac gaming.  There were few major releases, even before the transition to Intel processors added more items to game developers' to-do lists.
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.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Aggressive MySpace Worm Attacks via QuickTime  —  Fast-moving pest exploits site, player holes to steal passwords.  —  The social networking site MySpace.com is under what one computer security analyst calls an "amazingly virulent" attack caused by a worm that steals log-in credentials and spreads spam that promotes adware sites.
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
Sydney Morning Herald:
Backdown on draconian laws  —  Attorney-General Philip Ruddock's copyright reforms are almost certain to become law by January, after significant changes were made to ensure innocent consumers are not criminalised.  —  The Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 passed through the Senate on Friday after a number of modifications were made.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch and Slashdot
 
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
CrunchGear's Best of 2006  —  CrunchGear's editors searched far …
Discussion: TechCrunch and digg
Lifehacker:
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
In Tough Times, a Redesigned Journal
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Toshiba's New 1.8-inch HDD Achieves 100GB, World's Largest(*1) Storage Capacity
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
In a Multimedia Realm Where Book Meets Blog
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Erin Teeling / The Bivings Report:
Print Media Websites: Who's Getting it Right?
Discussion: Mark Evans
Mike / Techdirt:
Did Google Let Clickfraud Case Drop, Rather Than Reveal Clickfraud Details?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Tech Beat
Mike / Techdirt:
Will The Recording Industry Sue Edgar Bronfman For Downloading?
Hitwise UK:
Threshers Voucher Creates Storm Online
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
China Largely Silent on Telecom Strategy
Discussion: IP Democracy and Kevin Maney
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Troubling '07 Forecast for the Old-Line Media but Not for the Online
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Swivel Aims To Become The Internet Archive For Data