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3:10 PM ET, November 13, 2006

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Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Sun picks GPL license for Java code  —  After years of requests and debates, Sun Microsystems is ready to release Java source code under a Linux-friendly license.  —  On Monday, it plans to put the code for the programming software under the version 2 of the General Public License (GPLv2) …
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Valleywag:
Valleywag Release Candidate 2  —  Some changes, today, on Valleywag, in design, personnel, and mission.  Obviously, there's a new design.  Nick Douglas, editor since launch earlier this year, is leaving.  And we're going to change the mix of stories, slightly.  —  1. Design.
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Bambi Francisco / Bambi Franciso:
Nick Denton on ValleyWag
Discussion: Federated Media …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Bill Gates, 1; Scoble, 0  —  When it comes to the question of whether we're in another bubble or not, I have to agree with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, not former "Microsoft chief blogger" Robert Scoble.  —  The International Herald Tribune quoted Gates, speaking to a group of journalists …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Kevin J. O'Brien / TechNewsWorld:   Gates: Internet Bubble Is Back
Cary Sherman / CNET News.com:
Perspective: The farce behind 'Digital Freedom'  —  perspective Last month, the Consumer Electronics Association and other groups announced a "Digital Freedom" campaign that latches onto the concept of fair use—supposedly to benefit consumers.  —  Seems like a worthwhile effort.
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Carlo / Techdirt:   When The RIAA Hates You This Much, You Must Be On The Right Track
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Lycos seeks rebirth as "virtual living room"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lycos Inc., a U.S. Internet portal that survived the bursting of the late 1990s dot-com bubble, plans to resurrect itself as a teen broadband video channel with a built-in text chat room.  —  Having missed much of the …
Matthew Klam / New York Times:
The Online Auteurs  —  1. Some people were clowns at the kitchen table and in Mrs. Gadjodnick's third-grade class — they've been funny all their lives — and without making a big thing out of it, they've always believed that the world could use them up there on the silver screen.
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft Counting on a Twist to Make Zune Shine in Shadow of iPod  —  The hoopla was still swelling around last November's debut of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's latest entry in the game-console wars, when some on its development team began turning their attention to conceiving a new product.
Discussion: Seth's Blog, CinemaTech and Slashdot
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Pre-Roll Not the Answer for Online Video  —  The growth of online video this year has been staggering, but marketers are still struggling to find ways to effectively monetize the channel.  According to a new report from eMarketer, as well as comments of several speakers at the Ad:tech …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Confabb: Find, Track and Review Conferences  —  Confabb is a new service launching today that offers a centralized place to find information about all kinds of conferences.  The site offers everything from speaker and event reviews to photos of the events after the fact through integration with Flickr.
Discussion: Scripting News
Valleywag:
Battelle gets Farked  —  Federated Media Publishing, the ad network run by John Battelle, has lost one of the most popular sites it repped, and another may also leave the stable.  Fark, the heavily-trafficked humor site run by Drew Curtis, has appointed Maxim, the men's internet and magazine title, to sell its inventory.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Google Blogoscoped:
Popular Blog Posts  —  I asked several bloggers about their most popular, or one of their most popular, blog posts - the kind that made an impact on people, had skyrocketing traffic numbers, or triggered a meme or changes.  Here are their answers (please note that I adjusted case for some answers …
news.samba.org:
Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider  —  The Samba Team disapproves strongly of the actions taken by Novell on November 2nd.  —  One of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software world and the free software world is that the proprietary software world divides users by forcing …
James Brightman / Business Week:
Predatory Packaging  —  Are expensive bundles of next-gen consoles, games and assorted add-ons just one big con?  —  Many GameStop/EB customers may have been alerted this week to an upcoming bundle package for the Nintendo Wii.  Rather than offering a standalone console for purchase online …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
Hacking the XBox 360's HD-DVD for the PC  —  Double Double toil and trouble, well more accurately it's Torx 5 Torx 7 toil and lots trouble.  Enticed by the $199 price, we set ourselves on a mission to find out if the Microsoft's XBox 360 HD-DVD player could work on a normal PC.
Nick Bradbury:
Web 3.0 Does Not Validate  —  This weekend much of the geekosphere was buzzing about the "Web 3.0" article in the NY Times, but from where I stand, Web 3.0 does not validate.  —  Apparently, Web 3.0 is the latest re-branding of the Semantic Web, a noble attempt to turn the Web of documents into a Web of data.
Mark Anderson / Wired News:
A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet censorship.
 
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Antony Mayfield / Open (finds, minds, conversations):
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
The New Multiply 3.0 vs. Vox
Nisan Gabbay / Startup Review:
HOTorNOT.com Case Study: Mixing free and premium services
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google chief sez: "Your mobile phone should be free"
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Asus officially unveils its G1 and G2 gaming notebooks
Discussion: I4U News
Ken Elefant / VentureBeat:
The seven strategies for mobile ads, and which ones will work
Discussion: GigaOM and Reuters
Gizmodo:
T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Riffs Into Actual Sounds: The World Weeps
Discussion: Digital World and Ubergizmo
SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Apple's $7 Billion Christmas Quarter To Be Paced by iPod Sales
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Scoble didn't get a Zune sponsorship
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Intel researching "carbon nanotubes" for chip design
Lifehacker:
How to create your own optical illusion
Discussion: digg
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iranians outraged as Google redraws map
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Customize the Embedded Google Video Player
James Bannan / APC:
Vista RTM cracked by pirates before release
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Start me up: The sound of Vista
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Waiting for Skype to pay off for eBay