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11:25 PM ET, December 21, 2006


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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."
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"
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET
Microsoft seeks patent covering Web feed readers  —  Microsoft has filed for two patents covering technology used to organize and read syndicated Web feeds, such as those delivered via the widely used Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, family of formats.  —  The pair of applications …
Nick Bradbury:
Microsoft's "Content syndication platform" Patent
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venice Project Details And Screen Shots
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and Gizmodo
Chris Winfield / 10e20:
And the List of Domains Ditched by Digg Keeps Growing  —  Yesterday, Lee Odden posted about his blog being banned from Digg.  A few of his stories were submitted and his domain was basically labeled as spam.  The result - a lifetime banning from Digg.  Don't pass Go, don't collect $200 - go straight to the Digg Jail.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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, You NEWB and
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.
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 …
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Hosting New Amanda Congdon Show  —  The online video site has just put out a press release to say that ex-Rocketboomer Amanda Congdon will launch her new show "Starring Amanda Congdon" tomorrow, hosted by  Amanda has also landed some sponsors: Dove Cream Oil Body Wash …
Discussion: Reel Pop
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
'Starring Amanda Congdon' to launch Friday
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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
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
Google:   Time Warner's AOL and Google to Expand Strategic Alliance Creating …
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: and 10e20
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 …
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 …
the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
New report of a Windows vulnerability  —  As usual the holiday season is a busy time for everyone including those of us here in the MSRC.  I hope that everyone has finished their holiday shopping so they can enjoy the long weekend.  This is Mike Reavey by the way in case anyone was wondering.
Discussion: M-Dollar
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Microsoft reiterates interest in Zune gaming
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
AMD's 65nm L2 cache looks to be slower
Discussion: TechSpot, digg and Slashdot
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Clipboard Data Theft Optional In IE 7
Discussion: Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ask has the mojo to double its search market share
Discussion: SearchViews and CNET
Valerie Thompson / alarm:clock euro:
CoComment Raises $1.5M From Netage Capital
Discussion: StartupSquad and PaidContent
Karl / Techdirt:
FCC Blames Your Town For The Uncompetitive TV Market The FCC Helped Create
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Fred / WeBreakStuff:
I love you Adobe, but those icons suck
New York Times:
A TV Show's Content Calls the Commercial Plays
Discussion: Techdirt, BeyondVC and Lost Remote
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Bloggers Shrink the Planet
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
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Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs
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OpenID on the Upswing

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