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4:25 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Rough Type and Anshu's Blog
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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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.
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Valleywag confession: We're frigtards
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook founder faces shareholder revolt [Followup]
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
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Pay What You Want for This Article  —  SHORTLY after Radiohead released its album "In Rainbows" online in October, the band misplaced its password for Max/MSP, a geek-oriented music software package that the guitarist Jonny Greenwood uses constantly.  It wasn't the first time it had happened …
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 TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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