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11:30 AM 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 …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Is Microsoft an innovator or follower?  —  Dave Winer and Robert Scoble debate the topic of whether Microsoft is an innovator or follower, often playing catch-up with rivals, in the Wall Street Journal.  The fact the two friends and rabble rousers are debating the topic in the bastion of business reporting …
Gizmodo:
Windows Live Search For Mobile vs. Google Maps Mobile  —  Microsoft's Windows Live Search for Mobiles just went live last night, and we took it for a spin, comparing it to Google Maps for Mobile, which has traffic and maps as well.  It wasn't much of a comparison, since WLS does local business searches …
Discussion: LiveSide and Windows-Now.com
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Live Search's WebLog:
Search on the Go with Live Search for Mobile Beta
sfgov.org:
Missing Person: Kim Family  —  Missing Family  —  The San Francisco Police Department is seeking information regarding a missing San Francisco family of four.  On Friday, November 24, 2006, James Kim, his wife, Kati Kim, and their children, Penelope Kim and Sabine Kim left on a road trip to Seattle, Washington.
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James Kim / CNET News.com:   CNET editor James Kim, family missing
Ryan Block / Engadget:
CNET's James Kim and family missing — have you seen them?
Discussion: Scobleizer and digg
Bloomberg:
Apple Seeks U.S. Patent for Combo Mobile Phone, IPod (Update4)  —  Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc. sought patent protection for a device that may combine a mobile phone with its iPod music player as speculation intensified that the company may sell a so-called iPhone as soon as January.
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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 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.
Discussion: Cathode Tan, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Consumerist:
Apple Sells "Refreshed" Laptop Filled With Porn To 11 Year Old Girl  —  An Apple customer was shocked, shocked, when he bought a Macbook from the London Apple Store for his 11-year old daughter, and the desktop was full of pornographic JPGs.  —  His friend, a Consumerist tipster in good standing …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
One laptop for the price of five  —  I love the One Laptop per Child project (David Weinberger takes one for a spin here) and think the criticism of it motivated by PC nitwittery ('you should solve every other problem the poor have before giving them a laptop') or competitive greed …
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.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Slashdot
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
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: Slashdot
Business Wire:
BitTorrent Secures $20 Million in Venture Capital  —  Accel Partners Leads Second Round of Financing  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform, today announced it has closed $20 million in Series B financing.
Discussion: GigaOM and PaidContent
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Seagate CEO: I help people "watch porn"  —  You think tech execs are boring?  Check out a freewheeling interview with Seagate's Bill Watkins, who might be Silicon Valley's most outspoken CEO.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — Sitting at the arm of a tech CEO during a corporate dinner is rarely as interesting as you might imagine.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PS3 to get upscaled DVDs, 1080p/24  —  Ok, so the PlayStation 3 wasn't exactly the most flexible high def device out of the gate; despite Sony's claims, DVDs aren't upscaled, there's no component out, and from what we've heard, even though its HDMI 1.3 output technically supports 1080p/24 …
Discussion: Kotaku and I4U News
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
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Video Nation: Agency Finds A Majority Now Create Their Own Video, But Few Post Them  —  IN A FINDING THAT UNDERSCORES the potential of a vast, untapped market for user-generated video, new research conducted by interactive agency Sharpe Partners indicates that more than half (54) …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Zoho pushes ahead with Microsoft Office compatability, open APIs
QuicksilverScreen:
Is Linking Illegal?
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg
Andrew Goodman / Traffick:
Holiday Time, Quality Time: Two-and-a-Half Questions About Quality …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Robert Lemos / SecurityFocus:
Pancakes not worth personal info
Discussion: Techdirt
Dave McClure / VentureBeat:
Yahoo just needs to fix one thing: Monetization
BBC:
Virtual pals 'soar in importance'
Discussion: Techdirt
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
The Sheep Market Thesis
Discussion: JD on EP
Reuters:
Regal arms theater-goers with cellphone busters
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
End of an Era... Beginning of a New Chapter
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Yahoo To Launch Brand Sites with Avatars, Yahoo Answers …
Discussion: AdJab and digg
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
"Saturday Night Live" rehearsals may be webcast
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Tom's Hardware Guide:
AMD's 4x4 Platform & Athlon 64 FX-70 - Brute Force Quad Cores
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
ATM system called unsafe
metafacts.com:
Mobile Computers on the Increase in US Homes, According to MetaFacts …
Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
Nintendo's Fils-Aime on Wii and Second Life
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Will Vista make an impact?  —  Commentary: It's just not the same …