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4:40 AM ET, December 23, 2006

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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
In-depth analysis of Microsoft content syndication platform patent  —  On June 21, 2005 eight Microsoft employees claimed invention rights for a "content syndication platform," exemplified by Internet Explorer 7 and its support for aggregating feed content.  Patent application 20060288329 pursues the …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Because The Patent System Sucks, The Only Thing To Do Is File For More Bad Patents  —  from the promoting-innovation?  dept  —  Another day, another batch of patent lunacy.  People keep asking us to comment on yesterday's story about Microsoft applying for two patents around RSS technology.
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
Gentlemen Stop Your Linking  —  Cases involving pro se defendants are usually quite dangerous, not only to the defendant, but also to the rest of us: plaintiffs who are represented by decent enough law firms, if before a district judge without copyright experience can, and often do, get away with outrageous things.
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
AllofMp3.com Sued for $1.65 Trillion!  —  I haven't been able to find information on the largest lawsuit in history but I'm sure this one is right up at the top.  The RIAA (yes, I was just as shocked as you ) is suing the website AllofMP3.com on behalf of EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music …
Variety:
Business biggies wade warily into viral video  —  Can conglomerates unite to take on YouTube?  —  To really make money from putting content like "The Colbert Report" online, Hollywood needs to follow an ad-supported model.  —  The creators of YouTube had a grassroots concept that turned into a viral goldmine.
Brian Ward / TechEffect:
The Venice Project: YouTube slayer?  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis may not be household names, but the products they've created in the past, Kazaa and Skype, certainly are.  The team of entrepreneurs is about to bring another product to market dubbed, "The Venice Project."
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
Microsoft Tries To Patent RSS  —  Microsoft has filed two separate patents involving RSS technology.  The patents were originally filed 18 months ago, just days before the company announced RSS support for IE7, but were only released to the public yesterday.
Drew / Dembot:
Abbey Corps  —  One thing that I kind of like about Rocketboom is that I have never  —  done any press releases.  I also dont have an email list; Until now, I've always  —  just fielded the incoming.  I'm not against that kind of outreach, it's just  —  interesting that there has never been any.
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Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
French court favors personal privacy over piracy searches  —  PARIS: A French court has ruled that music companies and other copyright holders cannot conduct unrestrained Internet monitoring to find pirates.  —  The decision, which could leave record companies open to lawsuits in France …
Darren / Digital Photography School:
16 Digital Photography Tips for Christmas  —  It's three days until Christmas so I thought a quick tutorial on the topic of Christmas Photography might be appropriate.  —  Here are 16 tips and ideas to try that come to mind for digital camera owners wanting to capture the big day:
Carlo / Techdirt:
Panasonic's In-Flight Broadband Service Misses Its Connexion  —  from the delayed dept  —  After Boeing announced several months ago that it was shutting down its Connexion in-flight broadband service, a Panasonic unit said it would fill the gap.  It said it wouldn't take over Connexion …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Connexion In-Flight Replacement Figuratively Up in the Air
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Joe / Techdirt:
Why Prices On Gadgets (Except The iPod) Vary So Much From Site To Site  —  from the shopping-around dept  —  Browsing through a comparison shopping engine for electronics will sometimes reveal a surprisingly wide dispersion of prices for some gadgets.  The very same product, say a new HDTV …
Discussion: Slate
Anil Dash:
How to kill a personality  —  About a month ago, Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien interviewed Seagate CEO Bill Watkins, and pulled the conversation's most memorable quote for the headline: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world.  We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Bad Sinatra  —  Jonathan Schwartz has a problem.  Me.  I read his blog today, starting with the most recent post and eventually landing on one a few days ago about the resurgence of the thick client.  Let me weigh in thusly : what a load of s**t this is.  When Sun leadership starts moving away …
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
DDoS Attack Targets CafePress.com  —  CafePress.com, which provides online stores for thousands of blogs and web sites, has been hit with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) which has disrupted service for many of its merchants during the critical final shopping days before Christmas.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Doesn't CafePress Use Flash?
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Ben Fritz / Variety:
XBox up on downloads  —  Amazon digital video sales are slow  —  Though a box office failure, Warner Bros.' 'Poseidon' is selling well as a high-def download through Microsoft's Xbox Live.  —  In a topsy-turvy year for the digital download biz, a videogame service in just a few million homes …
David Haskin / InfoWorld:
The seven top mobile and wireless trends for '07  —  The top wireless trends that will emerge in 2007 — cheap smartphones and WiMax — wouldn't be possible without the two biggest stories of 2006  —  The top mobile and wireless trends that will emerge in 2007 wouldn't be possible without …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
FCC checks out the Nokia N93i  —  In the most official confirmation we've seen to date, the alleged Nokia N93i has hit the FCC (true, the pictures appear to identify it as an "N00," but we somehow doubt that's its go-to-market model number).  All told, the device appears to be a fairly modest upgrade …
Discussion: Darla Mack
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Red Hat: Earnings up, customers in, competitors out  —  Red Hat knocked the ball out of the park again this quarter, especially in light of the competitive pressures from Microsoft/Novell and Oracle.  I joined in the earnings call today, and was very impressed.  —  Revenue, cash flow, billings, bookings were all up.
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Dan Blank:
Deep Trouble for Deep Links
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
World of Origami still unfolding
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Toshiba's SED TV a no-show at electronics show
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
VMware Fusion public beta available