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Ingrid Marson / ZDNet:
Why open source projects are not publicised … Open source behind closed doors: In the first of a two part series ZDNet looks at why some open source projects remain secret  —  "Lots of companies are using our products, they just aren't talking about it", is a popular excuse from software companies …
Ingrid Marson / ZDNet:
Open source projects: Why it pays to keep quiet … Open Source Behind Closed Doors: In the second of a two part special report, ZDNet investigates how some proprietary vendors motivate customers to keep open source projects under wraps  —  Large companies and analysts that work with open source …
Paul Loughrey /
Next-gen victor won't be revealed until 2007, says Gates  —  Microsoft chairman suggests  —  As US consumers continue to snap up Xbox 360s following the console's launch on November 22, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has suggested that the ultimate victor in the console wars won't be decided until 2007.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and GamersReports
Kevin Kelleher / Wired News:
Who's Afraid of Google?  Everyone.  —  It seems no one is safe: Google is doing Wi-Fi; Google is searching inside books; Google has a plan for ecommerce.  —  Of course, Google has always wanted to be more than a search engine.  Even in the early days, its ultimate goal was extravagant: to organize the world's information.
Xbox 360 honeymoon is over  —  Gamers' enthusiasm for the newly released Xbox 360 quickly waned after the first reports were posted online of problems with the machines crashing and overheating.  —  No word yet on how widespread the problem actually is, or what, if anything Microsoft plans to do about it.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
How to fix your overheating 360  —  Sure, if your Xbox 360 is crashing you could call up Microsoft tech support and get your new toy repaired or replaced — or you could take design flaws matters into your own hands and source out the root of the problem.  And according to one Gamespot forumsgoer …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Placing Ads in Some Surprising Spaces  —  THE parade of mainstream advertisers starting to use nontraditional media is growing almost as long as that march through Manhattan yesterday sponsored by a certain department store.  —  Joining the throng are the Budget Rent a Car unit of the Cendant Corporation and the toy maker Hasbro.
Press release: New digitisation report calls for cross-sectoral e-content strategy  —  Public sector risks being left behind in information revolution, says new report  —  24th November, 2005.  Although around £130m of public money has been spent on the creation of digital content since …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Permalink  —  Lillian Kreisle, whose name I'm sure I'm mangling, was my first book keeper at my first company.  She was a generation older than us young whipper snappers, we were in our 20s, and determined to make a place for ourselves in the world.  She might have been impressed with our vigor …
Google ignites hiring frenzy  —  In June, as engineer Anselm Baird-Smith mulled leaving eBay Inc. for another job, he received a call from Google Inc. Within days, Google executives had interviewed him and dangled before him an enticing offer: a six-figure salary and restricted stock then valued …
Alorie Gilbert / CNET
Google fixes glitch that unleashed flood of porn  —  A technology glitch temporarily turned Google's new personal listings service, Google Base, into a vast, virtual red-light district earlier this week.  —  Launched last week, Google Base is the search company's foray into free classified listings and other user-generated content.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Over 30% of DMCA cease and desist notices deemed illegal  —  Director Jennifer Urban at the University of Southern California (USC) and Laura Quilter at the University of California-Berkeley have released a summary report that studies a sample of over 900 notices collected as part of the Chilling Effects project.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
It's a worthwhile platforming experience for hardcore Potter fans, but some may be put off by all the collection quests and backtracking.  —  The Good: Three-player cooperative play; card system of upgrades adds depth; triwizard tournament levels mix up the gameplay style.
Discussion: Joystiq
Search terms on Kazaa to be blocked  —  update Eminem, Madonna and Kylie Minogue are just some of the popular artists whose songs are to be blocked from being illegally distributed on the peer-to-peer network Kazaa following Federal Court orders yesterday.  —  Justice Murray Wilcox has ordered …
Discussion: Russell Beattie Notebook and digg

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