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4:18 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: M-Dollar and 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: Vecosys 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
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.
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Linkedin gets down to business
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: Lost Remote and Reel Pop
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
'Starring Amanda Congdon' to launch Friday
Discussion: Valleywag
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Trump the Chump  —  Every couple weeks I get emails from people asking me if I heard what Donald Trump said about me on some radio or TV show.  From Howard Stern to Donnie Deutch to just this week while promoting The Apprentice.  I have to be honest, I LOVE IT when he rips me.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Judge: Can't link to Webcast if copyright owner objects  —  A federal judge in Texas has ruled that it is unlawful to provide a hyperlink to a Webcast if the copyright owner objects to it.  —  U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay in the northern district of Texas granted a preliminary injunction …
Discussion: Techdirt and PaidContent
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
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Peter Morville / Robin Good's Latest News:
Interaction, Co-Creation, Tagging, User Participation: This Is …
HowTo: Custom Black 360 Controller
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MacBreak: Minimize distractions on your Mac
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Clipboard Data Theft Optional In IE 7
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Karl / Techdirt:
FCC Blames Your Town For The Uncompetitive TV Market The FCC Helped Create
Pandora adds social features
Discussion: Vecosys and digg
Fred / WeBreakStuff:
I love you Adobe, but those icons suck
John Blau / PC Advisor:
French will go it alone with Quaero project
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Record firms sue Russian MP3 site
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