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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%.
Discussion: Ensight, IP Democracy and The Stalwart
Om Malik on Broadband:
Even in Web 2.0 Scale & Size Matter  —  Yet another update at the bottom of the page  —  Updated Many times in the past I have pointed out that most of the new Web 2.0 type start-ups have business plans that only go so far!  I am actually glad to see Jeremy Wright take a stand on this issue.
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.
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 …
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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.
Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:
Microsoft Loses Antitrust Case Before S. Korean Regulators  —  GWACHEON, South Korea, Dec. 7 — South Korean antitrust regulators ruled Wednesday that Microsoft Corp. abused its market dominance, fined it $32 million and ordered the software giant to offer alternative versions of Windows.
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 …
Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
Face It: Privacy Is Endangered  —  In the 1997 flick Face/Off, John Travolta wears Nicolas Cage's face in order to infiltrate Cage's criminal gang.  Last week, movie fantasy became medical reality when a team of French doctors successfully performed the first partial face transplant on a woman who had been mauled by a dog.
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.
Dan Goodin / Wired News:
Old Rips: May They Rest in Peace  —  Paul Rossman, an undergraduate at New Mexico State University, remembers vividly the last time he assembled a music library on his personal computer.  It was the third time he had converted his CD collection to music files on his hard drive …
Sophos says Apple good security choice  —  Experts at UK security company Sophos suggest Apple might be the best route to security for the masses - that is, until consumers all buy one  —  UK security company's senior technology consultant Graham Cluley rolled out the damning virus statistics for 2005 …
Zephoria / apophenia:
video games perpetuate A Clockwork Orange  —  Did you know that teenage video game players are the 21st century version of the droogie gangs depicted in the novel, 'A Clockwork Orange'?  Yes, that's right - video games are forcing kids into an evil lair where their minds are dreadfully manipulated and they're learning terrible lessons.
Discussion: Cathode Tan

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