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7:40 PM ET, December 9, 2007

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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 …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Misunderstanding enterprise software  —  In a post titled "Robert Scoble doesn't understand enterprise software," ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman lays in to Scoble for having the temerity to ask why business applications can't be redesigned to be more like consumer applications - fun, friendly, even "sexy."
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.
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.
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Damn proud to be "un-sexy"  —  Robert Scoble, one of the deans of blogging, asks why on earth would bloggers cover enterprise technologies - bloggers cannot be impactful in influence or garner many advertising impressions.  Just not very sexy.  —  So I started to post this long comment …
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Last.fm Powered Music Section  —  The music section is a beta release, but it already looks very promising.  It allows you to discover new artists based on hundreds of genres or tags.  —  True to the p2p nature of the site, The Pirate Bay uses the last.fm API to collect their data.
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
ASUS Calms the Fears of Eee PC Owners with Warranty Update  —  Upgrading the Eee PCs memory will no longer result in warranty invalidation  —  Eee PC users can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to recent actions taken by ASUS.  Up until this point, Eee PC users have been faced with the prospect …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: Hear 2.0 and hypebot
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.
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: broadstuff and Slashdot
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Top US military research labs infiltrated by hackers  —  Hackers successfully infiltrated Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the nation's leading military research facilities.  The attackers gained access by sending e-mails infected with trojan horses to ORNL employees.
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Team That Put the Net in Orbit  —  AS a young NASA engineer during the 1980s, Milo Medin liked to irritate his managers by building scientific computer networks using freely available Internet software that outperformed more costly commercial systems.  —  He was a member of a rebel generation …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Soap Opera 2.0: More on Blognation  —  Ah, the weekend — when we get to lounge around in our pajamas with a cup of coffee, reading the thrilling back-and-forth, he-said/she-said tales of Web 2.0.  This week's installment brings us back to the gang at Blognation UK, the TechCrunch-style blog …
 
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