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3:40 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 …
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 …
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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 your 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
Discussion: JD on EP
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."
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 and Googlified
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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
Discussion: Hawk Wings and Slashdot
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 EuroTelcoblog
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Ken Camp / Realtime Community:
The Absence of Presence  —  Alec Saunders wrote a deep, thoughtful post the other day.
Discussion: Mr Blog
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.
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.
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
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 …
Fred / A VC:
Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs  —  It's Christmas time and I've been thinking about gifts.  In this case, I've been thinking about what a gift the evolution of the web from its first generation to its second generation has been to the venture capital business.
Discussion: Traffick and Disruptive Thoughts
David Pogue / New York Times:
Cellphones That Track the Kids  —  Let's face it: we're in love with the idea of secret location trackers.  In "The Da Vinci Code," the bad guys slap a location-tracking button onto Tom Hanks's clothing.  In "The Matrix," a location-tracking scorpion robot crawls into Keanu Reeves's abdomen.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
big-images.com:
iPod Shuffles and jolly good cheer!  —  What do you get when you mix Apple iPods, Origami, and BIG Images Christmas cheer?  —  You get employee Christmas presents comprised of 2nd Generation iPod Shuffles wrapped in Origami boxes made of $100 bills.  —  The holiday season is a time for family …
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 …
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.
 
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Cingular 3G Coverage in More than 160 Markets
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The hypocrisy of digg and spam
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Ask.com testing new search interface
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Inside Google Desktop:
Holiday Gadgets  —  We've released some very fun and festive gadgets …
Discussion: Download Squad
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
WSJ Gets Comfortable with Blogs, Wants to Boost Community
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google drops beta tag from Blogger
Discussion: Neowin.net and Web Strategy
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds
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RSS is "The Next Big Thing" — and Has Been for the Past 3 Years
 

 
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