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12:25 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" …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Global Nerdy
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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 …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TiVoToGo DRM cracked, and that's not necessarily a good thing
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.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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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?"
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: Journerdism and digg
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
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Google Somewhat Froogle At Holiday Press Party  —  If I took a shot for every time someone said the words "bubble," "boom," or "bust" at Google's holiday press party tonight, I would probably be wasted.  Fortunately, the drinking game didn't occur to me until my drive home and Google only served wine and beer anyway.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Did Google Let Clickfraud Case Drop, Rather Than Reveal Clickfraud Details?  —  from the sneaky,-sneaky dept  —  Nearly three years ago, a man was arrested for trying to blackmail Google over clickfraud.  It was an amazingly brazen attempt.  The guy had created a software program …
Discussion: Business Week
 
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Go Jaman for Global Movie Downloads
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