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4:00 AM ET, December 10, 2007

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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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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
R.I.P. Marc Orchant  —  A week after suffering a massive heart attack Marc Orchant passed away today.  Marc was part of our ZDNet blogger team for a few years and well known and respected in the tech blogger community.  Marc's good friend Oliver Starr posted the sad news here.
Steve Borsch / Connecting the Dots:
Marc Orchant, R.I.P.  —  From Oliver Starr here:  —  Update: 2:56PM Pacific Time December 9th, 2007: … I'll miss ya buddy.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn launches platform, redesign — a better business social network  —  LinkedIn has just launched its own developer platform and a new design that promises to make it more useful to its millions of business users.  —  Earlier this year, many have wondered if social network Facebook …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near  —  LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web.  —  As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn: No NWS News.  But Plenty Of New Features  —  Still no update on LinkedIn's possible deal/non-deal with News Corp. (NWS).  To remind you of where we stand: Late last month LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye told Fortune that Rupert Murdoch's company had approached them about a deal.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Pens a Deal with Universal Music.  Now Has All the Majors.  —  Ad-supported music streaming is now officially legit.  Music social network imeem has inked a deal with the fourth and final major label, Universal Music Group, to make its entire digital catalog available for free to imeem members.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Universal Music Signs With Free Music Site imeem  —  Universal Music Group has signed on with imeem, the free music site/social network.  The UMG deal means that imeem now has deals with all four major music labels, making it the only ad-supported music site to do so.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Webware.com and A VC
Andrewkeen / The Great Seduction:
Pay what you want (and screw the music business)  —  Interesting piece on Radiohead by Jon Pareles in today's New York Times about the death of the music industry.  So, as everybody knows, Radiohead decided to let the fans choose how much to pay for their new album "In Rainbows".
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Pay What You Want for This Article
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
CDNs Are Big Business, EdgeCast Get $6 Million  —  When we watch movies or play music online, there's a flurry of unseen activity making sure that data arrives when and where it's supposed to be.  This is the job of the high speed fiber and computer systems of the internet's content distribution networks (CDNs).
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
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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Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile announces the Samsung Katalyst  —  About six months ago, T-Mobile rolled out the HotSpot @ Home service, which lets you use certain handsets to make calls via WiFi as well as its regular GSM network.  For a minimal monthly fee, all the calls that you make over a wireless network are …
Discussion: I4U News
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Nokia Pushes to Regain U.S. Sales in Spite of Apple and Google  —  ESPOO, Finland — When Google announced plans in October to revolutionize the software of cellular phones, few were more eager to hear the details than the industry veterans at Nokia.  They still are.
Discussion: Social Media
Lifthill:
Epcot's Spaceship Earth reopens, Steve Jobs pics  —  Epcot's Spaceship Earth ride has begun its soft opening phase and cast members are now allowing some guests onto the ride.  It appears guests are being allowed behind the barriers in small, carefully counted groups, and only at certain times.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, Gizmodo and Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
After Talks Fail, Writers' Strike Could Drag On  —  The collapse of talks between striking screenwriters and the nation's film and television producers sets the stage for a long, cold winter in Hollywood that could effectively shut down much of the entertainment industry and usher in sweeping changes in the TV business.
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 …
 
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Paid Content on the Web Is Not Impossible, But It's Hard
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John Markoff / New York Times:
China Link Suspected in Lab Hacking
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Top US military research labs infiltrated by hackers
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
ASUS Calms the Fears of Eee PC Owners with Warranty Update
Discussion: Gizmodo
Spencer Kelly / BBC:
Radio has picture perfect future
Discussion: MobHappy
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Last.fm Powered Music Section
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John Markoff / New York Times:
The Team That Put the Net in Orbit
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