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4:30 PM ET, December 14, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates On The Future Of DRM  —  Microsoft convened a small group of bloggers today at their Redmond headquarters to discuss the upcoming Mix Conference in Las Vegas.  Highlights of the day included:  — The receipt of a Zune as a gift (the third I've received from Microsoft - I now have all three colors)
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Our Sixty Minutes with Bill Gates  —  A group of bloggers and online influencers, myself included, got to sit down today with Bill Gates as part of Microsoft's special Mix n' Mash 07 event.  The day's participants included an eclectic group of individuals.  Some were bloggers …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Bill Gates on the Future of Web Apps  —  I'm up at Microsoft HQ with a group dubbed "leaders in various aspects of the web community" for a day that closed with an hour-long conversation with Bill Gates.  Gates opened with remarks about recent products, as well as the coming ascension …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Talking Linux IP with Bill Gates  —  If you could ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask?  I spent an hour today with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the company's Redmond campus.  I chose to ask Bill about Microsoft's intellectual property stance against Linux and its open source developers …
Ryan Stewart:   A Day at Microsoft  —  Today was just surreal from start to finish.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Start-up Jaxtr lets friends phone you on your blog  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Silicon Valley start-up is gearing up to embed free, Web-based telephone services on a variety of popular social networking and blogging services, including MySpace, Friendster and Blogger.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and textually.org
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Business Wire:
Jaxtr Launches Private Beta; Brings Voice to Social Networks and Blogs
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and 21talks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
LinkedIn co-founder quits, joins Jaxtr
Discussion: Dawn Patrol and VentureBeat
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vista Wins on Looks.  As for Lacks ...  After five years of starts, stops, executive shuffling, feature rethinks and delays, Windows Vista is finally complete.  It's available to corporations already, and starting Jan. 30, it's what you'll get on any new PC.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Paul Mooney
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Debate over iTunes sales direction: what's going on?  —  A couple of days ago, Infinite Loop reported on a research note from Forrester Research which said that Apple's music sales were slowing and that sales of the company's venerable iPod were failing to drive downloads from the iTunes Store.
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David DeJean / InformationWeek Weblog:
He Said, She Said, Apple Didn't Say  —  Are iTunes sales collapsing?
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Macsimum News
Fred / A VC:
MyBlogLog's Growth  —  I wrote in my Social Networking Interconnects post the other day: … Well maybe Eric read that.  Or maybe not.  But he wrote a post on the MyBlogLog blog yesterday outlining exactly how fast MyBlogLog is taking off.  Here's my favorite chart.
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Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:   The Site, She Grows!  —  Scott's not the only stats hound 'round the parts.
Windows Live Local:
New Virtual Earth release launches  —  Although its a minor point release, this build of Virtual Earth packs a few great new features.  I mentioned a couple days ago that the Birds Eye navigation control was being replaced soon, and today marks the day.  Makes me want to sing the witch is dead song from Wizard of Oz.
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ResourceShelf:
Briefs #2: Google Patents Searching; Skype Version 3. Released …
Steve / The Tomorrow Times:
How to login to an expired Windows  —  Microsoft has a neat little way to prevent software piracy of their Windows operating system.  "Windows Genuine Advantage"[edit: I stand corrected, it has nothing to do with WGA] with its "Product Activation" requirement.
Glenn Fleishman / New York Times:
Marrying the Cellphone to Cheap Internet Calling  —  MATTHEW MILLER wanted to cut the cost of his cellphone plan.  He and his wife, Dayna, had regularly exceeded their 2,000-minute-per-month T-Mobile family plan, incurring extra-use charges that reached $60 some months.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Tests New Ad Offerings — But Will Advertisers Follow?  —  Google Inc. has been racing to extend its reach on the Internet and in traditional media.  Now it needs advertisers to follow.  —  Among those it is wooing is Alan Cohen, chief marketing officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Early …
Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:
On an Internet powered by video, page views are passe  —  There as a lot of commotion yesterday about MySpace's page view count passing Yahoo.  [1] But that metric means a whole lot less today than it did six to eighteen months ago.  —  Why?  Because new page display technologies …
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Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Real-World Passwords  —  How good are the passwords people are choosing to protect their computers and online accounts?  —  It's a hard question to answer because data is scarce.  But recently, a colleague sent me some spoils from a MySpace phishing attack: 34,000 actual user names and passwords.
Discussion: Pito's Blog and Slashdot
Mike / Techdirt:
But How Will Mozart Have Incentive To Write New Music With All His Works Available For Free?  —  from the just-wondering dept  —  Last year, when the BBC decided to record and then give away free downloads of all nine of Beethoven's symphonies, some classical music record label execs complained …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Online, P.& G. Gets a Little Crazy  —  A MARKETER once known as much for its moral rectitude as its soaps and detergents is pushing further into the brave world of new media with a provocative effort asserting that men can suffer from menstrual cramps.  —  Not long ago, the company …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog and Adrants
 
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Gets $18.5 Million And A CNET Chairman
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Tis the season for assinine predictions...Gartner's turn
Karl / Techdirt:
Net Neutrality Works Both Ways: What Happens When Websites Block ISPs?
Discussion: WebProNews
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
The Goog Life: how Google keeps employees by treating them like kids
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Nic Fildes / Independent:
BT set to re-enter mobile market with licence bid
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Microsoft:
With Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Windows-Now.com
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
Online Influence Tied to Search, Social Media Use
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Microsoft takes a swipe at Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads
Discussion: digg
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Tweaks Windows XP Wireless Security
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Why YHOO Will Outperform GOOG in 2007
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple offers developers new build of Leopard operating system
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Craigslist Robs Food From the Mouths of Journalist's Babies
 

 
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