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2:10 PM ET, December 5, 2006

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Tim Gaden / APC:
The lock-out begins for Office Mac users  —  Microsoft hsa officially launched Office 2007, but that's bad news for Mac users.  —  Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 now all use different file formats: docx, xlsx and pptx.  —  Microsoft is calling these "Microsoft Office Open XML Formats" …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Open Document Format published as ISO standard  —  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) finally published the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official standard last week after approving it as an international standard last May.  The ODF file format—the XML-based open format for text …
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
China Largely Silent on Telecom Strategy  —  If the world's telecommunications executives thought that bringing their industry's biggest trade show to China would spur Chinese officials into opening their vast market, they were wrong — at least so far.  —  Government officials have avoided using …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Kevin Maney
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David Greising / Chicago Tribune:
Baidu vs. Google
ir.baidu.com:   Baidu to Enter Japanese Search Market in 2007
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Swivel Aims To Become The Internet Archive For Data  —  Swivel Co-founders Dmitry Dimov and Brian Mulloy start off by describing their company as "YouTube for Data."  That's a good start for someone trying to understand it, because the site allows users to upload data - any data - and display it to other users visually.
Nick / Rough Type:
Avatars consume as much electricity as Brazilians  —  Tony Walsh has, as others do, some doubts about whether Second Life is sustainable as a business.  But he also poses another question that I hadn't come across before: "Is Second Life sustainable ecologically?"
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Calacanis Takes Position at Sequoia Capital  —  Today at 7 am PST at the SES conference in Chicago, Weblogs Inc. founder Jason Calacanis will announce that he has joined Sequoia Capital as an EIA (Entrepreneur in Action).  This comes just two and a half weeks after Jason announced his departure from AOL.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVoToGo On Your Mac  —  Want TiVoToGo on your Mac?  —  Nearly two years after being released, TiVo, Inc may have failed to deliver but the hacker community has heeded our call.  As of 12/05/06 the solution requires a little elbow grease and some command line action, but the difficulty level …
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire and Gizmodo
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TiVoToGo DRM cracked, and that's not necessarily a good thing
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Public Knowledge
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Troubling '07 Forecast for the Old-Line Media but Not for the Online  —  THE first Monday in October is known in legal circles as the start of the Supreme Court term.  Similarly, on Madison Avenue, the first Monday in December has become familiar as the kickoff of the advertising forecast season.
Discussion: Glass House
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: Monkey Bites, Journerdism and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing, NewTeeVee  —  Six months ago when we launched on this journey, my initial thoughts were launching three-to-five specialized blogs that were like satellites around Planet Broadband.  Online video, gaming, data centers and virtual work - they were part of my larger vision of GigaOM network.
AMD:
AMD Drives Next Generation of Energy-Efficient Computing with 65nm Technology Transition  — AMD continues track record of on-schedule process technology transitions with rapid conversion to 65nm —  Launching the next generation of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) …
Joni Morse / RCR Wireless News:
Qualcomm wades deeper into MIMO with Airgo purchase  —  SAN DIEGO—Qualcomm Inc. apparently couldn't resist adding Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output technology to its already huge portfolio of wireless technology.  —  The behemoth chipmaker announced it is buying MIMO creator Airgo Networks Inc …
Woodrow / The Ponderings of Woodrow:
Liveblogging SAP Investor Symposium (Part II)...  I had high hopes for the next two presentations, but was left wanting on both fronts.  Up first, was Udo Waibel with an update on Duet.  I've followed Duet with great interest but hoped to hear more today about the progress made since …
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.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Hitwise UK:
Threshers Voucher Creates Storm Online  —  Wow - a good deal sure can spread quickly online!  Last week, Threshers, the high street off-license (AKA wine store) sent a 40% discount voucher around to suppliers and distributors .  The offer spread virally across the web and resulted in a stampede …
 
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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.
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San Francisco Chronicle:
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Go Jaman for Global Movie Downloads
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
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