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2:10 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.
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."
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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John Siracusa / FatBits:
Game over, man  —  Apple has a link on their .Mac home page that reads, "Tell us your .Mac story."  It leads to a feedback form with this introduction. … After reading that, most long-time .Mac users are probably either amused or angry.  How as .Mac changed the way I use my Mac?
Discussion: digg
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
TheirTube  —  Variety covers the alleged attempt of the big nets to start their own YouTube.  I spoke to the reporter and made additonal points:  —  The networks are foolishly trying to maintain the old-media model of getting everyone to come to them — rather than going to where the people are …
Discussion: Blogspotting and Dan Blank
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."
Discussion: Web Strategy and JD on EP
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Jeffo / CNNMoney.com:
Seagate CEO apologizes for porn remark
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.
Discussion: TechSpot
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Doesn't CafePress Use Flash?
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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
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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and John Furrier
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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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Toshiba's SED TV a no-show at electronics show  —  Toshiba's long-awaited SED TV will not be appearing at the Consumer Electronics Show in January after all.  —  Televisions with SED, which stands for surface conduction electron emitter display, will provide a better picture than LCD …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gizmodo
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba's 55-inch SED TV to be a no-show at CES
Discussion: I4U News
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
World of Origami still unfolding  —  Get ready for Origami take two.  While Microsoft's minitablet effort may not be quite where the software maker had hoped, the project is ready for another cameo.  —  This spring, Microsoft attracted huge buzz for the Origami prior to its launch …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The ZNF Festivus Update  —  Well, it's getting to be that time of year — No, not the Festival of Lights... The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is nearly upon us!  However, being the holidays, Netgear has gifted me with an all-expense paid trip to Vegas plus $2k to blow on [showgirls and gambling] …
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 …
 
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US record labels file suit against Allofmp3.com
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PC World adds another log to PS3 hate fire
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Deep Trouble for Deep Links
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Kokuoy's USB mouse with pointless laser
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AT&T, Verizon get holiday gift from FCC: ruling eases IPTV regulations
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