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5:45 PM ET, December 1, 2006


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Wall Street Journal:
Is Microsoft Driving Innovation Or Playing Catch-Up With Rivals?  —  Microsoft Corp. has put a mountain of money behind its Xbox 360 videogame system and is making another big bet on its Zune digital music player.  And after years of research, the company Thursday set in motion …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Is Microsoft driving innovation?  —  The Wall Street Journal asks "Is Microsoft Driving Innovation or Playing Catch-up with Rivals?"  People tend to confuse invention with innovation, as the WSJ has here.  They use the words interchangeably, but they are very different.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Is Microsoft an innovator or follower?
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
MPAA Kills Anti-Pretexting Bill  —  A tough California bill that would have prohibited companies and individuals from using deceptive "pretexting" ruses to steal private information about consumers was killed after determined lobbying by the motion picture industry, Wired News has learned.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   MPAA lobbyists sway lawmakers with copies of "It Takes a Thief"
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Imminent Demise of the Page View  —  Underneath the Internet advertising economy is a key metric that dictates how properties are valued and how online media is bought and sold - the page view.  While it's not the only way to measure the health of a site (time spent and unique users are among the others), it's still very popular.
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Rich Internet Applications are killing the page view metric
Discussion: JD on EP
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Shawn Fanning To Launch Rupture, an Online Gaming Community  —  Shawn Fanning of Napster fame says he plans within the next month or so to launch Rupture, a virtual social community for online gamers.  He raised seed money from a group of investors, including Ron Conway and Joi Ito.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and GigaOM
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
iPod podcast menus, navigation depicted in new Apple patent app  —  EXCLUSIVE: A new Apple Patent application just published this morning provides insight into how a series of hierarchical menus displayable on an iPod could guide a user to select podcasts for play that are already stored on the device.
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace Is in Talks on China Entry  —  Wife of News Corp.'s Murdoch  —  Would Play Role in Venture;  —  Competition, Hurdles Loom  —  News Corp.'s is in talks to bring the social-networking site to China with Boston technology trade publisher International Data Group's Chinese venture arm …
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Ilium Software considers UMPC/Tablet PC owners in development of eWallet 5.0  —  There are a few very good choice for electronic wallet applications that you can install and use on your mobile devices, but my personal favorite has been Ilium Software's eWallet.
Associated Press:
New rules compel firms to track e-mails  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. companies will need to keep track of all the e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees thanks to new federal rules that go into effect Friday, legal experts say.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google Mondrian: web-based code review and storage  —  Guido van Rossum unveiled his first Google project, Mondrian, tonight during a Python tech talk at the Google campus in Mountain View.  Mondrian is a web-based code review system built on top of a Perforce and BigTable backend with a Python-powered front-end.
Discussion: Googling Google, engtech and Slashdot
Sirius CEO sees live TV in cars in 2007  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (SIRI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) expects to offer a live television service in cars by late 2007, and deals with content providers may be set as early as January, Chief Executive Mel Karmazin said on Thursday.
Discussion: Orbitcast, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Crave RSS
Hitwise US:
Google Properties - The Extended List  —  This morning I had the pleasure of filming a segment with Bambi Francisco about, among other things, the holiday season, and the dominant role search plays in the online retail sector.  Specifically we talked about the holiday season and the continued dominance …
Ryan Naraine /
Cracking the BlackBerry with a $100 Key … O'Connor's paper was briefly posted — and quickly yanked — from a blog entry discussing the future of the BlackBerry device.  It is not yet clear why Symantec pulled the paper (the rumor mill says it's being saved for a conference presentation) …
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
IE6 and IE7 Running on a Single Machine  —  Many of you have asked how to run IE6 and IE7 in a side by side environment.  As Chris Wilson blogged about early this year, it's unfortunately not so easy to do.  There are workarounds, but they are unsupported and don't necessarily work the same …
Regal arms theater-goers with cellphone busters  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The next time you talk on your cellphone in a movie theater, beware: Your neighbors are listening.  —  Regal Entertainment Group <RGC.N>, the largest U.S. movie theater chain, is arming moviegoers with a new gadget …
Discussion: Techdirt, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Archive this, but do it right, Jeff Ubois warns  —  This is a different kind of show for the ScobleShow, one where we talk about an issue that we should think about — in this case whether companies who are scanning books and other information ...
Mike / Techdirt:
Is Linking Or Embedding Infringing Content Illegal?  —  from the the-next-legal-minefield dept  —  There was an article in Forbes the other day about the recent growth in video hosting site  There are hundreds of video hosting sites these days, but apparently DailyMotion …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Alternatives to the Apple iTV - Media Extenders
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Mike / Techdirt:
Lawyer Brags About The 'Obvious' Downloading Patent He Forced Apple To Buy
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
NIST Recommends Not Certifying Paperless Voting Machines
Google Reader adds new feed actions
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Amazon Web Service Coming: "SDS"
HotHardware News Channel:
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Laura Foy / Microsoft 10:
I'm bringing XBOX back....  So with Sony and Nintendo both launching …
Discussion: Joystiq, Jeff Sandquist and engtech
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Nintendo to gamers: "Do not let go of Wii Remote"
New York Times:
Sony Shifts Duties of the Leader of the PlayStation Unit
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Zoho pushes ahead with Microsoft Office compatability, open APIs
Discussion: Zoho Blogs and ResourceShelf
Andrew Goodman / Traffick:
Holiday Time, Quality Time: Two-and-a-Half Questions About Quality …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Live Search's WebLog:
Search on the Go with Live Search for Mobile Beta
Business Wire:
BitTorrent Secures $20 Million in Venture Capital
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and GigaOM
Dave McClure / VentureBeat:
Yahoo just needs to fix one thing: Monetization
Virtual pals 'soar in importance'
Discussion: Techdirt