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5:20 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"  —  Jeremy Allison, a lead developer on the Samba project, has been critical of the MS/Novell deal from the beginning.  Only one problem - since April 2005 he's been a Novell employee.  —  At first he tried to fight the pact from the inside, by sending a letter to Novell executives.
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 …
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 …
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
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.
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Nick gets it - desktop software is scary
Discussion: JD on EP
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
Google:   Time Warner's AOL and Google to Expand Strategic Alliance Creating …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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