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1:50 PM ET, December 9, 2007


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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Bill Gates, Mix n Mash, and the future of Microsoft  —  Being in the same room with Bill Gates, while it wasn't breathtakingly nerve-wracking (he is, after all, a geek, and we weren't there for a performance review, we were just lucky enough to be able to ask him a few questions), we were all still a little keyed up.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why enterprise software isn't sexy  —  Bill Gates seems to bemoan the fact that enterprise software isn't covered by blogs and journalists.  Instead, he points out, that we like talking about consumer software.  —  It's a good point, especially since business software like that from Oracle, SAP, Microsoft etc makes a TON of money.
Discussion: deal architect and Anshu's Blog
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Robert Scoble doesn't understand enterprise software  —  Before saying a word, let me state that in my few dealings with famed uber-geek blogger, Robert Scoble, I've found him to be a great guy and I like him.  Having said that, let's address the issue: Scoble asks his readers about enterprise software …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Valleywag is only right 17.3% of the time and why we like it  —  I'm having a good laugh all the way over here in London thanks to Fake Steve Jobs.  —  Oh, my.  Turns out that Valleywag printed a rumor about Facebook's founder that turned out not to be true.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Valleywag confession: We're frigtards  —  Nick Denton, who still claims he's the world's greatest investigative journalist even though he twice incorrectly identified Fake Steve and swore both times he had me dead to rights, is determined to make a go of this Valleywag gossip blog.
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook founder faces shareholder revolt [Followup]
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
50 Cent: File-Sharing Doesn't Hurt Artists, Industry Should Adapt  —  Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent has been a drug dealer, he's been shot, he's a hugely successful artist - selling over 20 million albums - and he even has his own label, G-Unit Records.
Maths / Music 2.0:
Time for Luddite & Wanton Label Chiefs to go  —  It is ironic that in recent months, label chiefs have been stealing center stage from their more illustrious label acts but for all the wrong reasons.  Where Britney had teased to reveal too much of her inner self, Doug Morris …
Discussion: hypebot
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
50 Cent: File Sharing Doesn't Hurt Artists
Discussion: and
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Success without ads  —  It makes no sense for publications to charge readers on the Web—at least, that's the conventional wisdom.  But conventional wisdom does not carry much weight at Consumer Reports, that detailed guide to buying everything from prescription drugs to pickup trucks.
Discussion: Slashdot and broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twice Shy Entrepreneur  —  Silicon Valley these days is made up of two kinds of entrepreneurs (I'm painting with broad strokes, bear with me).  The first group is the old guard.  These are people who started companies during the late nineties and up until the 2000 stock market crash.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung's BD-P1400 Blu-ray player sinks below $300  —  With prices on HD DVD players in a perpetual state of free fall, it was only a matter of time before the slashings bled over to the other camp.  Sure enough, Samsung's fairly well spec'd BD-P1400 — which was announced at $549 and sold …
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Jenny Davey / Times of London:
Women are top tech shoppers  —  WOMEN will overtake men as the primary buyers of electronic gadgets for the first time this Christmas, according to department-store chain John Lewis.  —  Helen Keppel Compton at the company told The Sunday Times that a "tipping point" had been reached …
Discussion: Technovia and IntoMobile
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index Images Uploaded to Blogger  —  Even if this sounds hard to believe, Google Image Search started to index images uploaded to Blogger in December 2007.  Until this month, all the images were prevented from being indexed by search engines for unknown reasons.
Discussion: Odelbee, WebMetricsGuru and Mashable!
Patrick Seitz / Investor's Business Daily:
Apple Macintosh Computers Likely To Gain Market Share  —  Apple's (AAPL) Macintosh computers are poised to make sizable market share gains in the coming months, according to a research firm that tracks PC purchase intent.  —  ChangeWave Research says it sees continuing momentum …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
eBayer wants $15000 for Darth Vader Wii  —  Yeah, just about anything gets ratcheted up a couple levels on the fantasmical scale if Darth Vader makes a cameo, but seriously, $15,000 for a Dark Side Wii?  To be frank, this auction has spoof written all over it, but whatever the case …
Discussion: technabob and Gizmodo
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