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2:15 AM ET, December 22, 2006


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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  —  Dave Winer links to a US Patent Application filed by Microsoft in 2005 regarding the Windows RSS Platform.  Here's the abstract: … Wow.  I had no idea Microsoft invented all that - I could swear some other folks have implemented similar ideas!
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
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"
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: Gizmodo and Deep Jive Interests
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
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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Launches - But Only for Girls  —  Normally the beta testers of new social networks are tech pundits, journalists, bloggers and developers.  But that's not the case with Conde Nast's new social network, which has invited 200,000 girls to participate in a beta launch this week.
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
Ken Camp / Realtime Community:
The Absence of Presence  —  Alec Saunders wrote a deep, thoughtful post the other day.  Sometimes I hate it when he does that because I feel an urge to jump in, but can't find the time.  Today I've worked on this response, and lost my work twice, so my frustration mounts.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and ALLIED
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.
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
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
Time Warner's AOL and Google to Expand Strategic Alliance Creating Global Advertising Partnership Google to Invest $1 Billion for a 5% Stake in AOL  —  Companies to Collaborate on Online Video Offering and Make More AOL Content Available to Google Users  —  Google Talk Instant Messaging Software to Communicate With AIM Users
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Microsoft reiterates interest in Zune gaming  —  It's a long way from a portable Xbox (others' best efforts notwithstanding) but it looks like Microsoft has at least one form of portable gaming in mind if this latest word from the company's European Chief Chris Lewis is any indication.
Discussion: Joystiq,, Kotaku and GigaGamez
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
AMD's 65nm L2 cache looks to be slower  —  After we published our first look at AMD's 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors yesterday, some of you raised questions about funky performance numbers you'd seen from these 65nm CPUs at other sites.  We focused on power consumption and overclocking …
Discussion: TechSpot, digg and Slashdot
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
Brad Linder / PVR Wire:
More Vista remotes: now with SideShow  —  SideShow is one of the nifty new features in Vista Media Center.  It will let you control picture slideshows, widgets, and music playback on a secondary display without turning on your TV or monitor.  While that secondary display could be an LCD built …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
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
Eric Case / Google Code:
Programs crashing?  Airbag helps you practice "safe hex"  —  Post by Brian Ryner and Mark Mentovai, Google Software Engineers  —  Every program, open source or not, has to cope with crashes - it's just an unfortunate fact of life.  Software developers hate crashes and dream about eradicating them …
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
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HowTo: Custom Black 360 Controller
Discussion: Joystiq, Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
MacBreak: Minimize distractions on your Mac
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Clipboard Data Theft Optional In IE 7
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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
Pandora adds social features
Discussion: digg
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Create Personalized Calendars for 2007 as New Year Gifts
Fred / WeBreakStuff:
I love you Adobe, but those icons suck
Record firms sue Russian MP3 site
Discussion: New York Post and

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