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5:10 PM ET, December 1, 2006


 Top Items: 
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.
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 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: Mashable!, TechCrunch and GigaOM
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.
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 …
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 and engtech
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 …
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Nintendo to gamers: "Do not let go of Wii Remote"  —  Apparently the innovative Wii controller (or Wii-mote as it's affectionately called) is so immersive that games are getting a bit out of hand, literally.  Dozens of reports of overzealous gamers damaging TV's, stereos, walls …
Live Search's WebLog:
Search on the Go with Live Search for Mobile Beta  —  What's on your wish list this holiday season?  Wish you could find the closest toy store when you're on the go?  The nearest coffee shop on a cold winter day?  Get news reports or traffic information on the move?
Laura Foy / Microsoft 10:
I'm bringing XBOX back....  So with Sony and Nintendo both launching new consoles I began to worry that people might lose sight of their good old XBOX's.  Does nobody remember Ground Zero?  Where is the Love?  My heart was truly beginning to break and I found myself racking up sleepless night after sleepless night.
Discussion: Joystiq, Jeff Sandquist and engtech
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Mike / Techdirt:
Lawyer Brags About The 'Obvious' Downloading Patent He Forced Apple To Buy
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Amazon Web Service Coming: "SDS"
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
Games as National Culture: An Interview with Chris Kohler (Part One)
HotHardware News Channel:
AMD QuadFX Platform & FX-70 Series Processors Processors
New York Times:
Sony Shifts Duties of the Leader of the PlayStation Unit
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
One laptop for the price of five
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Goodman / Traffick:
Holiday Time, Quality Time: Two-and-a-Half Questions About Quality …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
iPod podcast menus, navigation depicted in new Apple patent app
Business Wire:
BitTorrent Secures $20 Million in Venture Capital
Discussion: GigaOM
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PS3 to get upscaled DVDs, 1080p/24
Discussion: Kotaku and I4U News
Robert Lemos / SecurityFocus:
Pancakes not worth personal info
Dave McClure / VentureBeat:
Yahoo just needs to fix one thing: Monetization
Virtual pals 'soar in importance'
Discussion: Techdirt
Apple Sells "Refreshed" Laptop Filled With Porn To 11 Year Old Girl