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10:50 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
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
R.I.P. Marc Orchant, 1957-2007  —  It breaks my heart to report that Marc Orchant passed away today, after being hospitalized since suffering a massive heart attack exactly one week ago.  Sue Orchant sent this message this morning: … Marc's colleague Oliver Starr, who has helped keep …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Damn...  It's 2 a.m. or something like that over in Paris and I just got word that Marc Orchant has died.  —  I can't make it back for the funeral, Marc wouldn't have wanted that and would have wanted to be in the front row at LeWeb conference.  I can hear his voice right now …
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage:
Rest In Peace Marc Orchant
Discussion: Between the Lines and Technosailor
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.
Robert Sanzalone / blognation:
Zooomr - Conquering The World (From Japan)  —  Kristopher Tate is a known entity in the Web 2.0 world.  Both he and his startup Zooomr are frequently covered in Techcrunch, Mashable and many, many other blogs.  While most articles have focussed on his age (he's 20), the part which seems …
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.
Discussion: The Pirate Bay and Digg
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Facebook Beacon attracts disdain, not dollars  —  I have been watching the uproar over Facebook Beacon over the last couple weeks with some amusement.  —  The system was intended to aggregate purchase histories from some online retailers, a poorly thought out attempt to deal with the lack …
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Fark.com trying to get trademark on "Not Safe For Work"  —  Abbreviations, acronyms, and memes fall in and out of fashion on the Internet all of the time.  Today's "I can has cheeseburger?" is often tomorrow's "All your base are belong to us."  Some stand the test of time, including phrases like …
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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
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.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
The Web Users' Campaign  —  Before they chartered planes and opened teeming offices in Des Moines or Manchester, even before they announced their lofty ambitions to the world, the current field of presidential candidates set about absorbing the lessons of Howard Dean's 2004 campaign.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Beet.TV
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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