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9:00 PM ET, December 21, 2006

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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."
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The ultimate revenge?  Novell's Allison to join Google  —  The word is out: Lead Samba developer Jeremy Allison has quit Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell alliance, unveiled on November 1.  What isn't widely known, at least so far, is that Allison is joining Microsoft rival Google.
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:   Allison to Novell: "We are pariahs"
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.
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:
Discussion: Office Evolution and Mr Blog
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
kottke.org:
Real men Wii standing up  —  Browsing the various Nintendo Wii forums around the web, I've noticed more and more people pratically bragging that they play the Wii sitting down, flicking their wrists instead of the beautiful and healthful full-body motion that nature intended.
Discussion: Joystiq and dailywireless.org
Karl / Techdirt:
FCC Blames Your Town For The Uncompetitive TV Market The FCC Helped Create  —  from the you'd-have-100mbps-if-your-mayor- wasn't-a-jerk dept  —  Yesterday the FCC voted 3-2 along partisan lines to pass new guidelines that make it easier for Baby Bells to get into the TV business …
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 …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Create Personalized Calendars for 2007 as New Year Gifts  —  This holiday season, print your own calendars and send them via snail-mail to all your friends and family as new year gifts.  They'll love the concept and remember you all the year round.  —  And creating an attractive holiday calendar …
 
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Clipboard Data Theft Optional In IE 7
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ask has the mojo to double its search market share
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Valerie Thompson / alarm:clock euro:
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Lifehacker:
Pandora adds social features
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PR Newswire:
Cingular 3G Coverage in More than 160 Markets
Discussion: CrunchGear, GigaOM and Phone Scoop
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
The hypocrisy of digg and spam
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Is Your ISP Blocking BitTorrent?
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Bloggers Shrink the Planet
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Great to see others talking about decentralized social networking
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MS exec questions long term potential for Nintendo Wii
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iPod Shuffles and jolly good cheer!
David Pogue / New York Times:
Cellphones That Track the Kids
Discussion: GigaOM
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
At the Heart of the Wii, Micron-Size Machines
Fred / A VC:
Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs
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