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1:25 PM ET, December 21, 2006


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Record firms sue Russian MP3 site  —  A group of US record labels has started legal action against Russian music download site  —  The lawsuit was filed in New York on behalf of Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol and UMG recordings.  —  They are suing Moscow-based Mediaservices …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Record Labels Sue Web Site Operator  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music Web site on Wednesday, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission.  —  The lawsuit was filed … RSS:
Record Labels Sue Operator of Russian Music Site  —  Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music Web site on Wednesday, Dec. 20, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission.
Mike / Techdirt:   Record Labels Finally Sue
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Censored 'SNL' Sketch Jumps Bleepless Onto the Internet  —  The nearly three-minute digital film, shown on "Saturday Night Live" last Saturday, was a parody of two boy-band singers (including one played by the real Justin Timberlake) crooning a holiday song about making a gift to their girlfriends …
Nick Bradbury:
Desktop Software is Paralyzed by Fear  —  Despite the power and rich UI that desktop applications offer, it's obvious that the move to Web applications is accelerating.  For many people, the ability to access your data through any browser clearly outweighs the benefits of desktop software.
Discussion: Global Nerdy and JD on EP
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:   Nick gets it - desktop software is scary
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
At the Heart of the Wii, Micron-Size Machines  —  EVEN before its release last month, Nintendo's latest video game console, the Wii, was getting a lot of attention for its wireless motion-sensitive controllers.  Swing the controller and — crack! — hit a virtual home run in a virtual ballpark, for example.
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites:
Is Your ISP Blocking BitTorrent?  —  I was having a conversation earlier today with a coworker at Wired magazine, and he mentioned the difficulties he was having with BitTorrent on his home connection.  When he's running a torrent, his upload bandwidth sits at zero and won't budge.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lifehacker
Jeremy Allison Has Resigned from Novell to Protest MS Patent Deal  —  The legendary Jeremy Allison (of Samba fame) has resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement, which he calls "a mistake" which will be "damaging to Novell's success in the future."
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside The Venice Project & Exclusive Screen Shots  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Ever since we interviewed Janus Friis, the co-founder of Skype about The Venice Project, his latest start-up that plans to use peer-to-peer technology to disrupt the television industry, we have been intrigued and have been dying to get a look at the service.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID on the Upswing  —  OpenID is a lightweight, decentralized identity system that has been gaining prominence.  I expect this upcoming year to be a big year for OpenID — and not just because of the Google trend chart with the recent uptake in search query share.
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Do Cameraphone Megapixels Really Add Up?  —  These days, it's harder to find a phone without a camera than one with, and as the prices of optical components and sensing chips fall, the quality of the "pedestrian" camera increases.  You're average cameraphone now sports somewhere around …
Ousama Abushagur / Al-Manazir:
First Look at the Nokia N70
Discussion: digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Google Misses Another Chance To Be The Web Platform  —  from the strategic-errors dept  —  A few people have submitted various stories on the web about how Google has killed off their SOAP Search API in favor of their AJAX API, which is much more limited.  Some are saying that this is more …
MS exec questions long term potential for Nintendo Wii  —  Satchell also unconvinced by Sony's online strategy  —  Chris Satchell, general manager of Microsoft's Game Development Group, has questioned whether the Wii has got what it takes to keep gamers' interests in the long run.
Discussion: Channel 9, Kotaku and Joystiq
Deusx /
tagometer: badges badges badges badges BOOKMARKS BOOKMARKS  —  Being a blogger, one of my long-standing wishlist items for has been to find some way to get more of what's going on here to show up out there.  Instead of just simple links, I've wanted to get a bit of peek through …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google drops beta tag from Blogger  —  The beta version of Google's popular blogging service, Blogger Beta, quietly shed its "beta" tag today.  The switch came without much fanfare, only noted by the loss of the "beta" tag and the introduction of "the new Blogger" on the main Blogger web site.
Discussion: and Web Strategy
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Did the above image shock you?  No, this is not a real Google advert!  But something similar may well turn into reality.  In this sequel to our original GoogleOS blockbuster …
Discussion: loose wire blog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedSky, China's Version of Feedburner - But With Bigger Numbers  —  By Read/WriteWeb's China correspondent, Gang Lu  —  FeedSky is the largest Chinese feed management provider and has just launched its Beta 3.  CEO Xinxin Lv described it to me as "mainly a UI update with some performance enhancement".
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Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Bloggers Shrink the Planet
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Cellphones That Track the Kids
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A Year Later, Google Talk and AIM Still Don't Interoperate
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Google Holiday Gift
Discussion: digg
Business Week:
Entertainment: Downloading The Video Windfall
Discussion: GigaOM
Fred / A VC:
Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs
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