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Sallie Hofmeister / Los Angeles Times:
Industry Feeling Presence of the 800-Pound Google  —  Just five years ago, Microsoft Corp. was considered the Big Bad Wolf of the media business.  —  Armed with a stockpile of cash and the Windows operating system that dominates office computing, Bill Gates' company was expected to huff …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Bijal P. Trivedi / Wired News:
The Rembrandt Code … In a photography studio nestled in the high attic of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, mathematician Dan Rockmore stands in front of Flora, rocking back and forth on his heels like a shy schoolboy.  He leans close to the figure on the canvas to peer at her face.
Wired News:
Is This Rembrandt Real?  —  1) Digitize  —  Rockmore starts with a photograph taken with a Sinar 54 camera that spits out 20-megapixel images - about four times the resolution of a regular digital camera file.  —  2) Analyze  —  Software converts the picture to grayscale and divides it into squares.
Guy Kawasaki / "Let the Good Times Roll":
The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint  —  I suffer from something called Ménière's disease—don't worry, you cannot get it from reading my blog.  The symptoms of Ménière's include hearing loss, tinnitus (a constant ringing sound), and vertigo.
SANS - Internet Storm Center:
Trustworthy Computing, (Sun, Jan 1st)  —  Trustworthy Computing (NEW)  —  Looking forward to the week ahead, I find myself in the very peculiar position of having to say something that I don't believe has ever been said here in the Handler's diary before: "Please, trust us."
Discussion: and The PC Doctor
New exploit  —  On New Year's eve the defenders got a 'nice' present from the full disclosure community.  —  The source code claims to be made by the folks at metasploit and xfocus, together with an anonymous source.  —  Note: We have been able to confirm that this exploit works.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Cory quit his day-job  —  For the first time in my life, I am a full-time writer.  Effective today, I'm no longer an employee — effective today, I'm a full-time, freelance word-maker.  It's something I've dreamt of since I was 12 years old, and now it's a reality.  Whew.  Scary.
Sheila Lennon /
Times Square live etc.; 'Blog trip around the world for New Year's Eve'  —  It's snowing.  —  New Year's Eve TV programming.  WaPo.  —  Times Square.  —  More links to where it's already 2006.  —  EarthCam's New Year's Eve Webcast.  More live NYC.  —  10:58 p.m. Friday
Discussion: Medianetwork
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
Growth, SPAM and Fraud  —  We here at Digg are blown away at how fast the site has grown, and we're thrilled to have all of your support.  It is a testament to how the collective wisdom of the masses can really make a difference in the quality and accessibility of content to all of us.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The anti-RSS hype  —  Over on Slashdot it's useful to read all the anti-RSS comments on this post that revealed a survey that Yahoo and Ipsos did that found only 4% of users are using RSS.  —  Heh, I LOVE this thinking.  Let's go back to 1978.  How many computer users were personal computer users back then?
Discussion: The PC Doctor
Gene J. Koprowski /
Millions of Holiday Greetings Sent Via Text Messaging This Year  —  "Text campaigns deliver more effective promotions in every market and every industry in the U.S.," said Gordon Lee, chief executive officer of SmartSMS, adding that as third generation, or 3G phones, come to market, the …
Mikko / F-Secure:
Ilfak to the rescue!  —  Here's an alternative way to fix the WMF vulnerability.  —  Ilfak Guilfanov has published a temporary fix which does not remove any functionality from the system (all pictures and thumbnails continue to work normally).  —  The fix works by injecting itself to all processes loading USER32.DLL.
Karen Wickre / Official Google Blog:
A year of Google blogging  —  This is the 201st post to be published on the Google Blog in 2005.  In closing out the first full year of our company-wide effort to share news and views, we thought you might be interested in a few factoids.  Since we've had Google Analytics running on this blog since June …
Discussion: Squash and LexBlog Blog
Google Blogoscoped:
10 Web Trends That Should Die in 2006  —  Here's a new years resolution for the web at large: stop doing silly things to users.  Following are top trends that I just hope will not see 2007.  —  1. "Our article is too long, let's split it up into many pages."

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