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Varun Dubey /
Microsoft Buys Out Opera  —  (Insider Report) - Here comes a surprise.  In a recent conversation with one of our insiders at Microsoft, the source revealed that Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, has acquired Opera Software, makers of the Opera browser.
Matt Loney / ZDNet:
Opera denies Microsoft takeover rumours … As the phones ring off the hook at Opera, the browser vendor insists rumours that Microsoft is buying it out are unfounded  —  Opera on Friday denied the latest takeover rumour spreading round the Internet, saying that it has not had any approaches from Microsoft or anyone else.
Michael Gartenberg:
Microsoft buys Opera - Here's Why (it would have made sense)
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:   Microsoft could listen to Opera's tune
Jason McCabe Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
My Predictions for 2006  —  1. Someone will do the Wikipedia version of Weblogs, Inc. and and it will fail because it never reaches critical mass.  —  2. 30 of the 50 blog networks will fizzle out and/or die.  Only one or two (other than Gawker) will break 20M pages a month.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and ben barren
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
2006 Trends Part I: Comment Search  —  There's a ton of bloggers making 2006 predictions in the blogosphere this week.  Two notable ones were opined by Jason Calacanis and John Battelle.  I am not here to predict, more to observe.  So over the next 10 days (by now you know I like that number) …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Marissa Mayer / Official Google Blog:
About the AOL announcement  —  The recent announcement of the AOL partnership has been the source of a lot of rumors and misconceptions.  We'd like to clear some of those up.  — Biased results?  No way.  Providing great search is the core of what we do.
Microsoft to contest "unjustified" EU move  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft said on Thursday it would contest what it called an unjustified European Commission decision to impose backdated daily fines if it fails to comply with European Union antitrust sanctions.
Discussion: and
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
EU threatens Microsoft with penalties
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Techdirt
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
One in Five Blogs Is Spam  —  NEW YORK While 80,000 blogs may be created every day, about one in five is spam, according to new research.  —  Umbria Communications, a Boulder, Colo.-based consumer-generated media monitor, found that 2.7 million out of 20.3 million blogs are spam, or splogs as they are sometimes known.
VALVE UNVEILS 64-BIT SOURCE™ GAMING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMD  —  Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life® 2 and Lost Coast™  —  Bellevue, WA.  - December 22, 2005 - Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today.
PR Newswire:
What Do President Bush, Lindsay Lohan and Star Wars Have in Common?  They Topped Ask Jeeves Search Categories in 2005  —  Current Events and Celebrities Dominate User Searches Overall  —  OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Ask Jeeves, Inc. today released the list of 2005's …
Joris Evers / CNET
Watch out with metadata in Vista, analysts warn  —  Windows Vista will improve search functionality on a PC by letting users tag files with metadata, but those tags could cause unwanted and embarrassing information disclosure, Gartner analysts have warned.  —  Search and organization capabilities …
Pete Wright / The secret life of an MS Author:
Living with a slate  —  Prior to the Motion LE 1600 [1] arriving all my tablets had been convertible.  I needed something with a keyboard since by and large these would all be machines that I'd have to 'work' on (code) as well as use as a tablet.  Perhaps I'm a minority here …
Discussion: Rob Bushway
eDimensional Force Feedback Gaming Headset  —  Sound should be more than just heard.  It should be felt, pulsing through your body like a grenade exploding at your six or the rumble of heavy turbulence.  Your doctor will probably disagree, but what does he/she know about gaming anyway!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Guardian Unlimited
Alorie Gilbert /
Customers vent spleen at outage  —  "We're losing sales.  It's a busy time of the year"  —  A outage lasting nearly a day cut off access to critical business data for many of the company's customers on Tuesday in what appears to be Salesforce's most severe service disruption to date.
Discussion: The Stalwart, AccMan Pro and Scobleizer
Jonathan Krim / Washington Post:
Microsoft Is Losing Some Of Its Elbow Room  —  As Software King's Growth Slows, Rivals Stake Out Their Own Territory  —  Rob Enderle, a longtime Silicon Valley analyst and observer of Microsoft Corp., remembers what used to happen when a tech start-up sought funding for a business …
Discussion: David Card
Pete Wright / The secret life of an MS Author:
A festive poem  —  Today was the last day at work before the Holidays for me, so I'm in a bit of a festive mood.  So, with a Vista beta downloaded I thought a tablet poem was in order...  'Twas the year before Vista, and all of the slates,  —  Were quietly whirring, not noticing the date.
Michael Tanne / Wink Blog:
Open Beta One (OB1)  —  We've been working away for the last few months, getting feedback from our beta users (thank you so much!) and refining the Wink experience.  As we got closer to a public beta we gave accounts to the rest of the people who'd requested them so they could try it out.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Wink, a search engine that bets on tags, launches

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