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2:40 PM ET, December 16, 2007

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New York Times:
Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft  —  A CEREBRAL computer-scientist-turned-executive, Eric E. Schmidt has spent much of his career competing uphill against Microsoft, quietly watching it outflank, outmaneuver or simply outgun most of its rivals.  —  At Sun Microsystems …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Profiles  —  They're coming and it will be difficult to get away without having one.  Google Profiles will be integrated in most Google services so you have a coherent identity and a simple way to manage your contacts.  —  "A Google Profile is simply how you represent yourself on Google products …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Rolling Out Centralized Profiles  —  Google is rolling out a centralized profile system that will provide personalized information to each Google product you use.  The unimaginatively named Google Profile will share information across all Google products, unifying often disparate Google systems …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Misunderstanding Copyright Law And Ruining Everyone's Fun  —  So the video that everyone has been talking about is history (mostly - good old Daily Motion tends to ignore the take down notices, so I was able to embed it above).  It is the victim of a bullying tactic by a photographer and her lawyer.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Why Lane Hartwell is wrong  —  According to a piece at Wired, the person who got the "Here Comes Another Bubble" video pulled down from YouTube was photographer Lane Hartwell, who saw one of her images — of Valleywag writer Owen Thomas — pop up in the hilarious video from Richter Scales.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Celebrating seven years of blogging  —  December 15, 2000.  That's when I started blogging.  In seven years a lot has happened.  The first two years of my blog have disappeared.  They might be on a hard drive somewhere, I'm still trying to track them down.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Amazon removes the database scaling wall  —  When Amazon introduced S3 in March 2006 I knew I would use it and I was sure a lot of other developers would.  I saw it as a solution to a problem we all have — storage that scales up when needed, and scales down when not.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Hannah Montana Tickets on Sale!  Oops, They're Gone  —  HANNAH MONTANA has made 2007 a very bright year for various business interests, but especially for StubHub, the online ticket exchange site.  —  Though the year is not yet complete, StubHub announced on Dec. 5 that its concert ticket sales …
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus and Gadgetopia
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Add more power to 10.5's screen sharing  —  One of 10.5's new features that I use quite often is the built-in screen sharing.  You can use screen sharing from iChat, which is great for family tech support, but I'm referring specifically to screen sharing in the Finder.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacUser and Digg
Coding Sanity:
REVIEW: WINDOWS XP  —  I have finally decided to take the plunge.  Last night I upgraded my Vista desktop machine to Windows XP, and this afternoon I will be doing the same to my laptop.  —  Look & Feel  —  Windows XP has quite a cartoony look and feel compared to the slick look of Aero Glass …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Surviving the 2008 recession  —  Recession is in the air.  It isn't here for sure, but, damn, when you pay $50 for two coffees and a tart in Paris you know your economy isn't healthy.  Add in the latest energy prices and you see we're almost definitely going to have a problem over the next year …
Discussion: TechWag and Robin Good
New York Times:
Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry  —  WASHINGTON — For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies …
Skrentablog:
Google sees own shadow, jumps overboard  —  Google announces "Knol"...  First-order response  —  Bad news for jason and mahalo!  Google declares war on jimmy and wikipedia!  —  Some context  —  So Google makes an algo that puts wikipedia at the top of all the results.
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Jack / Twitter Blog:
T-Mobile + Twitter  —  We've been tracking a missed connection between T-Mobile and Twitter for the past few days.  If you're a T-Mobile customer using Twitter in the United States over our shortcode 40404, you may see intermittent failures (both with sending and receiving updates).
Scripting News:
Twitter takes a break, we're awake, and wondering...  There's a big yellow bar on the Twitter home page today saying it will be down for maintenence betw 10AM and 10PM today.  I haven't heard any grumbling about this, but it's worth a bit of a grumble.  —  What other basic form of communication goes down for 12 hours at a time?
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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