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9:25 AM ET, December 16, 2006

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Bloomberg:
Facebook, Courted By Yahoo, Won't Sell, Director Says (Update3)  —  Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — Facebook, the social-networking Web site courted by Yahoo! Inc., isn't for sale, board member Peter Thiel said.  —  ``It's going to remain an independent company,'' Thiel said in an interview last week.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook "definitely" not for sale  —  Facebook, the social-networking Web site courted by Yahoo, isn't for sale, board member Peter Thiel tells Bloomberg. … Thiel said the site is actually worth $8 billion or more, citing the site's college-aged users, according to Bloomberg.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Preparing For Apollo  —  2007 will bring the launch of the much anticipated Adobe Apollo platform, a cross platform run time that will allow developers to take rich internet applications, whether they be built on Flash, HTML, JavaScript and/or Ajax, and turn them into desktop applications.
Discussion: Adobe
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe hitches long-term wagon to Flash, Apollo  —  While Adobe's 2007 financial standing is likely to improve courtesy of the latest Creative Suite product cycle and its new version of Photoshop, management is looking to Flash and its Apollo platform to keep the momentum going in 2008.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Ryan Stewart
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heise Security:
The hole trick  —  How Skype & Co. get round firewalls  —  Peer-to-peer software applications are a network administrator's nightmare.  In order to be able to exchange packets with their counterpart as directly as possible they use subtle tricks to punch holes in firewalls …
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash and digg
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Nintendo to Offer Sturdier Straps for Wii  —  Nintendo said Friday that it was taking steps to keep energetic users of its new Wii video game console from breaking their televisions and ceiling fans.  —  The Wii, which Nintendo began selling in November, has generated considerable enthusiasm …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Selling Domains For $10 Per Year  —  Google has entered the domain business with partners GoDaddy and eNom.  An already crowded industry, Google has begun allowing people to register '.com', '.net', '.biz', and '.info' Web site addresses.  Web sites that register their domains directly …
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Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Mark Lucovsky adds Google bling to your blog  —  Mark Lucovsky runs the Ajax Search service at Google and sits down for both an in-depth interview about what he's been working on, but then pulls out some cool demos of ways you can add ...
Business 2.0:
Vista flaw could haunt Microsoft  —  Microsoft wants a bigger piece of Oracle and IBM's database business, but an oversight in its new operating system could cost the company plenty.  —  (Business 2. Magazine) — If you followed Microsoft in the 1990s, you knew it as a company that deftly moved …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The "FF class" of stock, for founders who want cash early  —  A form venture capital funding in Silicon Valley is getting increased interest from founders of start-ups.  —  It is called the "FF class" of stock, for founders who want to cash out a small percentage of their stake in a company …
Discussion: The Gong Show
Drew / Dembot:
ABC: Final Feedback  —  Consider this post fueled by whatever you will - I find it very important and worthwhile.  I'm going to set aside all of the technical problems everyone has already mentioned with the video distribution and the ABC platform - the fact that there are no RSS feeds …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Cingular turns cell phones into wallets in N.Y. trial  —  Some Cingular Wireless cardholders in New York City will be testing a new service that allows them to make purchases with their cell phones.  —  The mobile operator said Thursday that it's teaming with cell phone maker Nokia …
About Skype:
SKYPE ANNOUNCES SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES  —  Skype today announced two key personnel changes.  Alex Kazim, Skype's President, will be leaving Skype in January to return to eBay.  Kazim, an 8-year eBay veteran, joined Skype immediately following eBay's acquisition of the company 14 months ago.
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BBC:
Gates: Digital locks too complex  —  Microsoft boss Bill Gates has told a group of influential bloggers that copy protection for digital music and video is too complex for consumers.  —  Mr Gates was speaking to an invited party of bloggers and web developers at Microsoft's Seattle headquarters.
David Light / dpad.gotfrag.com:
NINTENDO WII: WII FOR $200?  MORE COLORS?  —  What's Nintendo's gameplan post-launch?  A local Toys-R-Us may have let slip some yet-to-be-confirmed details for the Wii come Spring '07.  —  Upon looking for a Wii at a regional Toys-R-Us store (which has been a constant effort) …
 
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Amazon says IBM WebSphere infringes patents
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MIT launches iFIND app for stalking your friends
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