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4:50 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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San Francisco Chronicle:
Mom, 2 kids survive — frantic hunt for dad  —  S.F. woman, girls survive 9 days in wilderness; father left them to seek help  —  (12-04) 04:00 PST Grants Pass, Ore. — They ran the heater in their station wagon until the car was out of gas, then burned all the tires in a desperate attempt to keep warm.
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Expands - New Video Only Blog  —  Om Malik's growing blog empire expanded today with the launch of NewTeeVee, a blog covering the exploding world of online video.  The primary contributors will be Malik and GigaOm writers Liz Gannes and Katie Fehrenbacher, with contributions from Jackson West …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Ryan Stewart
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Welcome to NewTeeVee  —  You've arrived at the newest member of the GigaOM family, NewTeeVee.com.  We aim to cover online video from end to end and front to back.  We'll point you to hot startups, hot videos, hot pipes — tracing the talent, money, code, and data across the network.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing, NewTeeVee  —  Six months ago when we launched …
Discussion: The Next Net
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: Things That
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Niall sends Microsoft team a porn message
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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP crossing the chasm by the end of 2007  —  Following SAP CEO Henning Kagermann's presentation at SAP fourth annual analyst summit, Shai Agassi, president of the Product & Technology Group, laid out the company's technical vision.  He believes that SAP is in position to lead the chasm crossing …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP rolls out first enchancement package for mySAP ERP
Discussion: AccMan
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 …
Alexandros Roussos / MacScoop:
Sources confirm plans for a smaller, ultra-thin form factored MacBook Pro  —  MacScoop has obtained reports from sources believed to be very reliable, claiming that Apple is developing a smaller and ultra-thin form-factor MacBook Pro.  —  The new laptop should be even thinner and weigh less …
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
U.N. Agency Wants to Nourish the Internet, Not Govern It  —  When David A. Gross heard last month that the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, wanted to lowercase the "i" in Internet as a matter of official policy, he did not know whether to be alarmed or amused.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zudeo: a high-def version of YouTube  —  Another day, another peer-to-peer file-swapping firm trying to go legit.  This time it's Azureus, makers of one of the most popular BitTorrent clients on the Internet.  The company has just launched its own video sharing site, dubbed Zudeo …
Discussion: Journerdism and digg
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Zune Drops to Fifth in Music Player Sales (Update2)  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.'s Zune device dropped to fifth place from second in the U.S. market for digital media players in its second week in stores, market researcher NPD Group Inc. said.
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 …
David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
PS4 In 2010 Claims Sony.  Major PS3 Upgrades In Between  —  A PS4 will be launched by Sony but not until at least 2010 claims the Vice President of Technology for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Paul Holman.  —  What will happen between then and now is that Sony will introduce a series …
 
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Jake Ludington:
How to Copy HD-DVDs  —  It's still too early to call the horse race on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
Discussion: Engadget, eHomeUpgrade and digg
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Go Jaman for Global Movie Downloads
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
The Demise of the Professional Photojournalist
Discussion: New Media Musings
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Google Somewhat Froogle At Holiday Press Party
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
OpenKapow: Not Quite Dapper
Valleywag:
RUMORMONGER: Brightcove investors balk
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Thor Muller / VentureBeat:
Yoono, a social search engine — without tagging
Josh / Windows Connected:
Illegal KMS server appears on the Internet
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Mojungle, for sale now on eBay
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Another Social Networking Video Site
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Worm uses QuickTime to spread on MySpace
Justin Murray / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 sales below expectations [update 1]  —  [Update …
Phil Becker / Digital ID World:
The case for OpenID  —  [Ed. We have recently seen a rise …
John F. Ince / San Francisco Chronicle:
THE LOST TAPES  —  Conversations tape-recorded in the early years …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't! …
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Bram Cohen on BitTorrent's Future