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12:05 AM ET, December 5, 2006

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft sends mixed messages with its new design tools  —  Microsoft is sending out mixed messages, in terms of its Web-design-tool strategy.  —  First, there's the positioning.  Redmond's "we plan to complement, not compete with Adobe" rhetoric — which I'm doubtful anyone who knows Microsoft will buy for a second.
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Microsoft Introduces Expression Studio, Enhances Family of Professional Design Tools  —  Expression Web shipping, Expression Media announced; latest technology previews deliver product and new platform advancements with first CTP of WPF/E.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced significant …
istartedsomething.com:
The new Expression & WPF/E
Discussion: MSTechToday and OpsanBlog
Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
A MySpace for grown-ups  —  Social networking has been great for the kids, but not of much use to business - until now.  With Reid Hoffman's MySpace-for-grown-ups at a tipping point, these days you're either LinkedIn or left out.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — At a Starbucks in downtown Mountain View …
CNET News.com:
Wife, daughters of missing CNET editor found alive  —  update The wife and daughters of missing CNET senior editor James Kim have been found alive and airlifted to a local hospital, authorities announced at a press conference in Merlin, Ore., Monday afternoon.
Deepak Gopinath / Bloomberg:
PayPal's Thiel Scores 230 Percent Gain With Soros-Style Fund  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — One morning in 1998, at Hobee's coffee shop, near Stanford University, a young money manager named Peter Thiel decided to gamble on an Internet startup.  —  Thiel ended up investing $240,000 in the company …
New York Times:
The Future of Web Ads Is in Britain  —  If you want a glimpse of the future of advertising, you can hire a consultant — or you can travel to Britain.  —  Online advertising is racing ahead in Britain, growing at a roughly 40 percent annual rate, and is expected to account for as much as 14 percent …
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Bram Cohen on BitTorrent's Future  —  Ace programmer Bram Cohen denies he is leaving BitTorrent — and says he's busier than ever positioning the company to totally own online video downloads.  —  In an exclusive e-mail interview, Cohen responds to the rumors that he is stepping down …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
The big Digg rig  —  Digg became one of the top sites for tech news because it lets Web-savvy geeks decide what's newsworthy, offer up stories they like and vote on their favorites.  —  Now, dubious Internet marketers are planting stories, paying people to promote items …
Ewan McIntosh / edu.blogs.com:
Quintura - visual tag cloud connective search  —  Yakov Sadchikov wanted to catch up with me at MediaTech2.006 (edublogscom reportage here) and, having seen his product, it was mutual!  Quintura allows you to browse related topics to the topic you are searching for - great when you're not too sure what you want to get into.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Porn prank sends Microsoft a message on licensing  —  One Microsoft group received a rather harsh lesson in Creative Commons licensing today: For a while this morning, Microsoft's RSS Team Blog featured a partially censored pornographic image, which has since been removed.  —  How did it get there in the first place?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Kira Lee / QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies:
QUALCOMM to Acquire Airgo and Bluetooth Assets of RFMD  —  Move Enables Customers to More Quickly Deliver Industry-Leading Mobile Broadband Devices  —  QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions …
John F. Ince / San Francisco Chronicle:
THE LOST TAPES  —  Conversations tape-recorded in the early years with Google's founders illuminate how their actions forged the growth of a Silicon Valley giant  —  When I contacted San Francisco's Upside magazine in late 1999 about writing freelance articles, my first assignment …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Worm uses QuickTime to spread on MySpace  —  update A malicious video on MySpace.com pages changes people's profiles when played, embedding itself and adding links to fraudulent Web sites, experts have warned.  —  The video is a rigged QuickTime file that exploits a MySpace vulnerability …
Phil Becker / Digital ID World:
The case for OpenID  —  [Ed. We have recently seen a rise in interest in several new identity technologies.  These technologies arise from a different set of missions than traditional enterprise focused, domain-centric identity management systems.  This article, written by Netmesh's Johannes Ernst …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
VeriSign locks up .com through 2012  —  VeriSign will keep control over the .com top-level domain under terms of an agreement signed last week.  The US Department of Commerce has finally approved the deal reached last year, which will allow VeriSign to raise rates by up to 7 percent in four …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Expands - New Video Only Blog
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Thor Muller / VentureBeat:
Yoono, a social search engine — without tagging
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Another Social Networking Video Site
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
U.N. Agency Wants to Nourish the Internet, Not Govern It
Groklaw:
Novell "Forking" OpenOffice.org
Discussion: Slashdot
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP crossing the chasm by the end of 2007
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Crave RSS:
Digg founder dishes iPhone specs
Samsung:
SAMSUNG to Showcase Mobile Broadband at ITU Telecm World 2006
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Changing Climates for Microsoft and Google, Desktops and Webs
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
The five Google products
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
How to Build a User Community, Part 1
Scott Kirsner / Mercury News:
As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media
Discussion: Podcasting News and CinemaTech
USA Today:
Fox News pairs up with Yahoo
Fimoculous.com:
Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading