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6:55 AM ET, December 2, 2006


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Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Vista: Companies Can Wait  —  Corporate buyers may be slow to adopt the new operating system and Office business programs  —  It's been five years since the last release of Microsoft's Windows operating system, and more than three since the previous iteration of its Office word-processing and spreadsheet program debuted.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
WTF Alert: Chinese BenQ MusiQ Dog Tag Player Site Has Guy Posing In Front of WTC Ruins  —  These BenQ MusiQ Dog Tag MP3 players may be quite stylish, but wtf is up with their Chinese site?  The splash page features some one gloved Michael Jackson guy standing in front of what looks like the WTC ruins.
Business Week:
The Google/YouTube Come-On  —  Google (GOOG ) and YouTube are dangling nine-figure sums in front of major programming and network players—that is, the Time Warners, News Corp (NWS )s, and NBC Universals of the world.  Google calls these monies licensing fees, according to executives who've been involved in the discussions.
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.
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
The Journal Fails to Do Its Homework  —  Neat!  The Wall Street Journal appears to have cited my DMCA paper in today's editorial.  (It's behind a paywall, unfortunately) Unfortunately, although I always appreciate seeing my work cited, it doesn't look like they read read it very carefully:
Discussion: Techdirt and Public Knowledge
PC Pro:
Disney asks YouTube to crack down on copyright misuse
Discussion: Public Knowledge and Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo Wii launches in Japan  —  According to our row of clocks in the Engadget situation room here at Engadget HQ, it's now past 9:00AM, December 2nd in Japan, which means the Wii has been out and about in its home country for around two hours by now.  We just got some pics from a friendly tipster …
Leslie Katz / CNET
Aerial search under way for missing CNET editor  —  update In a search-and-rescue mission involving multiple agencies, federal and state law enforcement officials are combing remote roads off Oregon's Highway 38 and Interstate 5 in search of missing CNET senior editor James Kim and his family, police said Friday.
PS3 DVD Upscaling Promised  —  JPN Wii Launch: "We Only Have a Few Hundred"  —  Thought the PS3 was the hardest console to score?  Well, it is, but oddly, the early word is that the Wii is as well.  We've heard a few stores with shockingly low Wii numbers.
Discussion: I4U News and digg
Jon's Radio:
A conversation with John Wilkin about the Michigan/Google digitization project  —  My guest for this week's podcast is John Wilkin.  He's the director of the University of Michigan Library's technology department, and coordinator of the library's joint digitization project with Google.
George Ou:
AMD Quad FX slaughtered by a single Intel CPU  —  All the reviews are in for AMD's new "4×4" Quad FX dual CPU platform and it loses nearly every single real world benchmark to a single Intel CPU while consuming more than twice the electricity.  We basically see two FX-74 3. GHz processors …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, CrunchGear and digg
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 ...
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
In a Jam: Stories of ISP bad faith and can the government really listen in to your VoIP calls?  Yes they can.  —  My son Channing, who is four years old, recently celebrated Pajama Day at his preschool when everyone — even the teachers — came to school in their pajamas.
Discussion: Techdirt
FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool  —  update The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
Discussion: Slashdot
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
WWSD?  (What Would SEOs Do?)  The Future of Search Engine Watch  —  As I said in my earlier post, we're committed to reshaping the future of SEW with the help of the search engine community, as anyone involved with search marketing has significant potential to make a contribution within the industry itself.
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog and 10e20
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to fix your iTunes artwork  —  I recently learned a little trick that helped me to fix the artwork that was associated with the songs in my music collection.  Over the past few years, I've used a number of different artwork importing tools, with varied results.
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Rich Internet Applications are killing the page view metric  —  Steve Rubel predicts that the page view, long the dictator of what the new hotness on the internet is, will fall out of fashion in the next few years.  The reason? … Well Steve, when you're right, you're right.
Discussion: JD on EP
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
On to the next version of Windows
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Intel GM has "religious experience," buys a Mac
Kevin Kelly / Joystiq:
Bringing your notebook doodles to life (finally): SketchFighter
Associated Press:
A.M.D. Receives Federal Subpoena
Discussion: Engadget
Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA Blocked Identity Theft Law, Because They Need To Be Able To Spy On People
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Alternatives to the Apple iTV - Media Extenders
Discussion: digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Is Linking Or Embedding Infringing Content Illegal?
 Earlier Items: 
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
MPAA lobbyists sway lawmakers with copies of "It Takes a Thief"
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Save Google Answers (Video)*
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
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Is Microsoft driving innovation?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Amazon Web Service Coming: "SDS"
Discussion: Jay & Silent Rob
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Asustek to launch Skype motherboards
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg