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2:25 PM ET, December 23, 2006

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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
In-depth analysis of Microsoft content syndication platform patent application  —  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.
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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.
Sean Cooper / Slate:
WHY YOU CAN'T GET IPODS AT A DISCOUNT.  —  Last week, USA Today reported that online sales in November increased 25 percent over those from 2005.  If you've shopped for gadgets online this holiday season, you almost certainly found that the camcorder or DVD player you wanted was selling at a wide range of prices.
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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 …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Page view metrics?  Bah, humbug!  —  (A personal, non-work mini-rant about page view metrics.)  —  I want to come to Yahoo's defense about something.  A recent spate of reports says that Yahoo has been surpassed by various companies in terms of page views.  Why is that relatively bogus?
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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.
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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 …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Explaining Steve Gillmor  —  Nobody I know can understand a thing Steve Gillmor is talking about, mainly because he makes so many obscure references without explaining them.  I thought as a public service I would provide a detailed exposition of his latest blog post, Bad Sinatra.
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.
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."
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: music labels have to prove sharing  —  The beat goes on in the world of file-sharing litigation.  Earlier this week, the case against Patti Santangelo was dismissed without prejudice and refiled, this time naming two of her children as defendants.  In another closely followed case …
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John Leyden / The Register:
CafePress wilts under DDoS assault  —  CafePress.com, the site which allows users to open up their own online store selling customised merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, has been hit by a denial of service attack.  —  In a statement to store owners, Jill Ambrose of CafePress.com …
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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:
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are You Ready for the Sofa Web?  —  In less than 72 hours from now many kids, and many more overgrown kids will be tearing off carefully wrapped packages, and with glassy eyes head to the nearest television to plug in their Xboxes, Wiis, and an odd PlayStation 3.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
How I helped Spider-Man save Santa Claus  —  reporter's notebook Let me say this, right up front: I don't know much about the Marvel Comics universe and the mythology around its characters.  —  So forgive me for the egregious mistakes I've likely made in the comic book I created for this story …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Red Hat CEO on Microsoft, Novell customers  —  Linux vendor Red Hat posted solid results Thursday amid rising competitive pressure from Oracle, Novell and Microsoft.  During the earnings call with analysts, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik was asked about Microsoft's announcement of three joint customers with Novell this week.
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