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5:50 PM ET, December 12, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's "Project Fraternity" Docs Leaked  —  Rumors about the possible acquisition of Facebook, usually with Yahoo as buyer, have been around for most of this year.  Not that Yahoo or Facebook have asked for this attention, but the media is getting antsy.  Robert Young put it best last week …
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Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
The Problem with Yahoo's Facebook Numbers
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and PE HUB
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Setting The Record Straight  —  As part of one of Microsoft's on-going lawsuits, a piece of email that I sent to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates recently became public.  It was a rant encouraging a change to the way we were building Windows at the time.  In the email, I made a comment for effect …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
RIM sues Samsung over BlackJack name  —  Research In Motion is suing Samsung, claiming that the name of the company's new BlackJack smart phone is too similar to that of RIM's own BlackBerry devices.  —  The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Discussion: TechEffect and kosso's braingarden
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Mike / Techdirt:   RIM's Legal Strategy Over Samsung's BlackJack Is A Bust
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
IE7 promo page  —  I was going to read some Penny Arcade, but Robert Scoble invoked me.  Jeremy points out that Google had an IE7 promo page that looked remarkably similar to a Yahoo! IE7 promo page.  —  I can only speak for me personally on this.  If Jeremy looked into it and says that …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Chambers: Video is the 'killer app'  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — 8:50 a.m. PST — Cisco CEO John Chambers just said that "if there is a killer app, it is video," as part of his keynote speech kicking off the Cisco C-Scape analysts conference here.  —  "Things like YouTube are just the baby steps …
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Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:   Cisco, the anti-BitTorrent  —  As router king Cisco moves deeper …
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Delivers Voice Technologies in Unified Communications Platform  —  The head of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group tells how the company is simplifying the ways in which people work by bringing voice technologies to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007
Discussion: 21talks
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils VoIP Solution as Part of Desktop Communications
Discussion: Monkey Bites
PR Newswire:
Yoqoo.com Receives US$12 Million in Funding from Sutter Hill, Farallon Capital and Chengwei Ventures  —  BEIJING, Dec. 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — Yoqoo.com, a leading online video sharing and distribution platform in China, today announced it has completed a US$12 million round of private equity funding …
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Bruce Johnson / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
GWT 1.3 Release Candidate is 100% Open Source  —  Today is quite a milestone for Google Web Toolkit: with the GWT 1.3 Release Candidate, our team is very happy to announce that all of GWT is open source under the Apache 2.0 license.  There's a lot to say, but let's start with our mission:
Microsoft:
Customers Strongly Endorse New Microsoft-Novell Deal  —  Just-released survey shows more than 90 percent favor vendor cooperation on interoperability.  —  A survey of technology decision-makers shows very strong customer support for the recent agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. designed …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
digg users are getting paid—just not by digg  —  Update: If you know of someone doing this let me know and get a C-Note.  —  Update2: The first tip is in, and *if* it is correct someone paid off the number five digg user this week.  —  I know these reports have been going around …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
2006 Web Technology Trends  —  It's December already and so it's about that time to reflect on what has happened in Web Technology during 2006 - and ponder what 2007 may bring.  Over the next few weeks Read/WriteWeb is going to publish some in-depth posts analyzing the trends and new products we've seen …
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: A story too good to check  —  CLAY SHIRKY — Second Life, the much-hyped virtual world backed by Benchmark Capital, is heading towards two million users.  Except it isn't, really.  We all know how this game works, and has since the earliest days of the web:
Discussion: Boing Boing and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Supadupagama / videogamesblogger.com:
Sony pays PR firm to lie about wanting a PSP for Christmas (terrible rapsong video included)  —  I hate that it's popular in the media nowadays to bash the black sheep PS3.  It's true that Sony made almost every mistake they could make in the release of the PS3, but I don't think any one game company deserved …
Discussion: Joystiq, PSP Fanboy and You NEWB
CNET News.com:
Congress and tech: Little to show  —  Politicians in Washington, D.C., spent the last two years promising new laws on everything from Net neutrality to computer security and social networking Web sites.  —  But when the 109th Congress finally adjourned over the weekend …
Macworld:
The 22nd Annual Editors' Choice Awards  —  Our 29 favorite hardware, software, and online products of 2006  —  Every year, Macworld reviews hundreds of products, everything from Apple's newest desktops and laptops to smaller utilities from smaller developers that do things you never thought you needed done.
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
FTC Moves to Unmask Word-of-Mouth Marketing  —  The Federal Trade Commission yesterday said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships.  —  In a staff opinion issued yesterday …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Welcome To Search Engine Land!  —  It's official.  Search Engine Land has now formally launched.  I know, I know — we've been posting for over a week here.  But now our new design is (mostly) in place, so it's time to declare ourselves fully operational.
 
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Toby Sterling / ABCNEWS:
Dutch Pull Plug on Analog Television
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Some venture capitalists switching sides
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Tale of two Mobile TVs
Discussion: EE Times
Darren Murph / Engadget:
iTunes sales "collapsing," blanket licensing to succeed?
Gizmodo:
Laptop Covers for Dummies
Discussion: I4U News and Digital World
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
TV prices dropping too fast, Sony says
Discussion: 1080eye
Mike / Techdirt:
If You Think The NY Times 'Gets' Social Media, Digg This!
Discussion: The Bivings Report
Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Google Finance Upgrade on the Money
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
2 Firms Pay $4.3 Billion for Sabre
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft doesn't want Zune lost in the Shuffle
siteadvisor.com:
The Safety of Internet Search Engines - Revisited
SecurityFocus:
Password Management Concerns with IE and Firefox, part one
Gus's blog, adventures in Flying Meat.:
Week of the Independent Mac Developer
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
Seven Habits of Highly Successful Websites
Geoffrey Glass / a whole minute:
Eben Moglen on Free Software and Social Justice
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Gotuit SceneMaker Lets Users Tag And Cut Online Video
 

 
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

Rafat Ali:
It's About To Get Ugly in Media Startupland

Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Matt Taibbi returning to Rolling Stone after split from First Look Media

 
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