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5:05 PM ET, December 21, 2006

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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 …
Groklaw:
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."
BBC:
Record firms sue Russian MP3 site  —  A group of US record labels has started legal action against Russian music download site Allofmp3.com.  —  The lawsuit was filed in New York on behalf of Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol and UMG recordings.  —  They are suing Moscow-based Mediaservices …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MUSIC LABELS: NYET TO RUSSIAN PIRATES
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 their data through any browser clearly outweighs the benefits of desktop software.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Nick gets it - desktop software is scary
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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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
A Year Later, Google Talk and AIM Still Don't Interoperate  —  I must be psychic.  This morning I was recalling that Google and AOL have long promised to integrate their instant messaging platforms.  This would allow users on Google Talk to chat with their peeps who are on AOL Instant Messenger and vice versa.
Discussion: Message, Googlified and digg
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Google:   Time Warner's AOL and Google to Expand Strategic Alliance Creating …
APC:
Microsoft fights Gmail in the workplace  —  In an Exchange Server, far, far away: Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Martha DeAmicis demonstrates how Exchange 2007 can cope with 1GB and larger mailboxes at the launch of Vista, Office and Exchange in Singapore
James Kendrick / InformationWeek:
How Microsoft Botched Marketing The Ultra-Mobile PC — And Why You Might Want To Buy One Anyway  —  Microsoft's mobile product code-named Origami generated a lot of buzz when it was just a rumor, but consumers lost interest when it hit the streets as an Ultra Mobile PC.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
The Doctor is In: New Presence 2.0 by Alec  —  Pal Ken Camp called for the SpinDoctor, so I'm in...remember folks, iotum is a client.  So bias is a natural but his post is a must read and one that has the other VoIP bloggers attention.  —  So here's my SPIN on things:
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Ken Camp / Realtime Community:   The Absence of Presence  —  Alec Saunders wrote a deep, thoughtful post the other day.
Fred / WeBreakStuff:
I love you Adobe, but those icons suck  —  John Nack, Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop, unveiled the new icons for the upcoming series of Adobe Products - and boy, can I be any more disappointed.  The new icon for photoshop is below - Yup, it's the ugly blue square.
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Linkedin gets down to business  —  Commentary: Business network gets noticed  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Remember when popular social network Facebook received a half-a-billion dollar valuation earlier this year?  —  You might raise an eyebrow when you hear about how venture capitalists …
John Blau / PC Advisor:
French will go it alone with Quaero project  —  A politically inspired partnership between the German and French governments to develop advanced multimedia search technologies, Quaero, appears to be falling apart over strategic and cultural differences.  —  Earlier this week, Hartmut Schauerte …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Lifehacker:
Pandora adds social features  —  One of Lifehacker's favorite music streaming and recommendation services, Pandora, has added social integration to their popular flash player.  —  The Pandora Community lets you check out other listener's profiles and find shared stations built on multiple users' likes and dislikes.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A tale of corporate atrocity  —  I had lunch with Marc Canter yesterday, and he told me about a conversation he had with Tim O'Reilly and Cory Doctorow, where they told him they knew I had nothing to do with RSS.  I asked how they said they knew.  They had apparently asked some people …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Allow Site Visitors To Change Font Sizes on your Blog  —  Few months back, we received an email from Mr Franco, a senior 62 year old DI reader who was not very happy with the default font size of this blog.  He wrote: … While site visitors can dynamically change the font sizes …
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
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Bloggers Shrink the Planet  —  NEW DELHI — Exciting things happen when dedicated bloggers from around the world meet for the first time.  For Briton Rachel Rawlins, being introduced to Tunisian exile Sami Ben Gharbia was the chance to meet a personal hero.
 
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Valerie Thompson / alarm:clock euro:
CoComment Raises $1.5M From Netage Capital
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Karl / Techdirt:
FCC Blames Your Town For The Uncompetitive TV Market The FCC Helped Create
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Create Personalized Calendars for 2007 as New Year Gifts
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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PR Newswire:
Cingular 3G Coverage in More than 160 Markets
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ask.com testing new search interface
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Great to see others talking about decentralized social networking
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David Pogue / New York Times:
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FeedSky, China's Version of Feedburner - But With Bigger Numbers
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google drops beta tag from Blogger
Discussion: Neowin.net and Web Strategy
Fred / A VC:
Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs
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GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds
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