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David / Signal vs. Noise:
Don't scale: 99.999% uptime is for Wal-Mart  —  David Dec 06  —  Jeremy Wright purports a common misconception about new companies doing business online: That you need 99.999% uptime or you're toast.  Not so.  Basecamp doesn't have that.  I think our uptime is more like 98% or 99%.
Ian Holsman / Feh! v2:
What is 99% uptime anyway?  —  in Don't scale: 99.999% uptime is for Wal-Mart he mentioned that 37signals is quite happy with 98% uptime, and the cost of increasing uptime isn't worth it.  —  Here is a brief summary of what a extra '9' will give you as far as uptime.
Discussion: Ensight
EFF: Breaking News:
SunnComm Makes Security Update Available To Address Recently Discovered Vulnerability On Its MediaMax Version 5 Content Protection Software, Which Is Included On Certain SONY BMG CDs  —  San Francisco, CA and New York, NY - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and SONY BMG Music Entertainment …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
MediaMax Bug Found; Patch Issued; Patch Suffers from Same Bug  —  iSEC, EFF, and SonyBMG issued a joint press release yesterday, announcing yet another serious security bug in the SunnComm MediaMax copy protection software that ships on many SonyBMG compact discs.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Blogs Produce New Elite to Help Track The Industry's Issues  —  Revolutions don't usually work out quite as planned.  And that's what's happening now in the technology world with blogs.  They are every bit as important as their boosters said they would be.  But in an entirely different way.
David Carnoy / CNET
Ten things I hate about the Xbox 360  —  OK, so we've been through this drill before.  Carnoy reviews a product, gives it a high rating, then writes a column talking about all the things he doesn't like about it.  Worse, he starts referring to himself in the third person, which can only mean the ego's just running a little too high.
CBS goes mad: free college hoops online  —  CBS Sports will offer out-of-market basketball games for free online during NCAA March Madness.  —  It's the fourth year that CBS Sports will offer the mostly regional games—ones that wouldn't appear across the whole network.
Discussion: Techdirt and
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Microsoft, Google still vying for AOL  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. are in a "two-horse" race to strike an Internet advertising partnership with Time Warner Inc.'s AOL online unit, sources familiar with the talks said.  —  Industry experts say AOL is a critical swing factor …
Discussion: Search Engine Lowdown
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Creative's new Zen Vision:M (with video)  —  Creative is introducing their new Zen Vision:M, an answer to Apple's 5G iPod, and what an answer it is.  We know it gets old hearing every new player get compared to Apple's flagship offering, but can you seriously blame us here?
Discussion: Shiny Shiny
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Ingenio Adds InfoSpace to Pay-Per-Call Network  —  Ingenio is today expected to announce two partnerships that will extend its pay-per-call ad network to a host of new Internet users.  —  Most notably, the company will partner with private label search and directory publisher InfoSpace …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
NBC to Sell TV Shows for Viewing on Apple Software  —  NBC Universal said yesterday that it would start to sell downloadable versions of 11 of its current and older television shows through the iTunes Music Store of Apple Computer.  —  NBC is the second major television network to distribute programming through Apple.
Joris Evers / CNET
New IM worm chats with intended victims  —  You can now instant message with a worm.  —  A new worm that targets users of America Online's AOL Instant Messenger is believed to be the first that actually chats with the intended victim to dupe the target into activating a malicious payload, IM security vendor IMlogic warned Tuesday.
Michael Singer / CNET
Newsmaker: Is the PowerPC due for a second wind?  —  How can a company be just about everywhere, and yet nobody knows its name?  Just ask Michel Mayer, chief executive of Freescale Semiconductor.  —  Mayer's $6 billion Austin, Texas-based company, a recent spin-off from Motorola …
Discussion: MacSlash and digg
Matt Casamassina /
More Revolution Specs Uncovered  —  Developers come forward to reveal new performance details on Nintendo's next-generation console.  —  December 6, 2005 - Just yesterday IGN Revolution launched with technical details on Nintendo's next-generation console, codenamed Revolution.

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