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5:25 PM ET, December 8, 2006

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Jon's Radio:
A conversation with Jon Udell about his new job with Microsoft  —  For today's podcast I decided to interview myself about my upcoming new gig.  It's a short episode, under six minutes, and the transcript follows.  —  Note: I actually meant to push this to the server later today …
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Jeff Sandquist:
Jon Udell is leaving InfoWorld and Joining My Team At Microsoft  —  You know those secrets that you just want to tell everyone about, but can't?  I've had one of those for the last couple of months.  —  I guess it was back in October my good friend Mr. John Montgomery sent me a note saying …
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
My soon-to-be favorite Microsoft blogger  —  Jon Udell is leaving his job at InfoWorld and joining Microsoft in January.  —  He may see this as a change of employment, but I believe Microsoft has just acqhired a media brand.  I feel certain that no media investment bankers were involved …
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Jeff Sandquist scores one for Microsoft
Discussion: Between the Lines and Things That
Jgovernor / James Governor's MonkChips:   Holy Crap Microsoft Just Got Awesome. 4k
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
H.P. Will Pay $14.5 Million to Settle Suit  —  Hewlett-Packard said Thursday that it would pay $14.5 million to settle a lawsuit by the California attorney general over the company's use of private detectives to obtain private phone records of board members and journalists.
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Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
BitTorrent's Move From PCs to TVs  —  If the thought of having BitTorrent, the world's most famous file-swapping software, available on your set-top box to download high-definition movies from major Hollywood studios seems far-fetched, you're not alone.  —  In an e-mail interview with Wired News …
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Business Wire:   BitTorrent Acquires uTorrent
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Do You Publish Full Text Feeds Or Partial RSS Feeds ?  —  Our blog has been in existence for over two years now but we always abstained from publishing full content RSS feeds for two selfish reasons (or you can call them fears) outlined below:  —  1. Since RSS Subscribers get to read …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Video Startup That May Never Launch  —  This is a rumor that just won't die: The major television networks are considering creating a new online video service joint venture to compete with YouTube.  —  We first heard about this when the Google-Youtube acquisition news broke, and wrote briefly about it here (see last paragraph).
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google tunes into radio ads  —  Google is allowing some of its existing online marketers to use its automated advertising system to broadcast ads on radio stations around the United States, the company said on Thursday.  —  The beta test of Google Audio Ads is the result of the integration …
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Thomas Christensen / DoCopenhagen:
Top 50 Music Videos Of 2006  —  Here we go again... Our top 50 videos of 2005 was a huge success.  This year we decided to do things a little bit differently.  All the videos are from You Tube and can therefore be watched in the browser.  If you want to download the videos to your computer …
Discussion: Listening Post
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
Linden Lab Mutes Noted Agitator... Again  —  Another year, another muzzle placed on infamous Second Life celebrity Prokofy Neva by the virtual world's owner-operator Linden Lab.  —  Last year, Neva was banned from participation in the official Second Life discussion boards after stirring controversy …
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
Sunnyvale and Mountain View...so close, yet so far  —  According to Google Maps Sunnyvale and Mountain View California are 3.0 miles apart.  Oddly enough according to Yahoo Maps they are 2.9 miles apart.  Yet despite the estimated mileage they both claim it takes 6 minutes to drive from Sunnyvale to Mountain View.
PR Newswire:
Citysearch Content Available Through Ask.com's AskCity  —  Citysearch's Content and Ask.com's Search Technology Create a Comprehensive Local Search Experience  —  WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Citysearch, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq …
Discussion: Screenwerk
James Bannan / APC:
Pirates crack Vista Activation Server  —  Pirates have released another ingenious workaround to Vista's copy protection: a hacked copy of Microsoft's yet-to-be-released volume licencing activation server, running in VMware.  —  Volume Activation 2.0 is one of the more controversial features of Vista …
Discussion: Engadget and Monkey Bites
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
A Wish List for the iPhone  —  If you're dreaming of a mobile phone that downloads and shares music, carries your files, and makes movies, why not put all your Apples in one basket  —  Let me go out on a limb here and say that Apple Computer will probably not launch a wireless phone of any kind early next year.
Yuval Kossovsky / Computerworld:
First look: A guided tour of Apple's Leopard Server OS  —  Look for Leopard to be 'an exciting release,' says Yuval Kossovsky  —  Recently, I had a chance to sit down with a few folks from Apple Computer Inc. who gave me a guided tour of Apple's upcoming server operating system …
Discussion: digg
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Yahoo & Facebook: Deal or No Deal?  —  Now that Yahoo has announced its reorg, many are wondering and speculating as to what the ailing Internet giant might do in terms of M&A. Put another way, will Yahoo rely on acquisitions to fix its problems and plug up its holes?
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
How TV Will Become the Ultimate Open Content Platform
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Paul Sweeting / videobusiness.com:
DVD BURNING SET FOR ROLLOUT
RFID Lowdown:
Cool, Surprising and just Plain Scary: 51 Futuristic Uses for RFID
Discussion: Global Nerdy, The 463 and digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The poor (Mac) man's TiVoToGo arrives: TiVoDecode Manager
Discussion: PVR Wire and iMedia Law Blog
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Update on Sony, EA and Nintendo - The Internet Got It Right
Discussion: MSTechToday and digg
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Orphans  —  The growing use of email gadgets …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
7.2Mbps HSDPA service to hit Cingular next year
David Pogue / New York Times:
More Camera, More Style, Modest Price
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
The next notebook battery? Lithium polymer
Discussion: Gizmodo and 21talks
Lifehacker:
Choose the best blank DVDs
yvoschaap.com:
A Problem Must Be Solution, Resolved, Or Dissolved
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Help a San Jose Mercury News columnist blog
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and John Furrier
BBC:
1200-year-old problem 'easy'
BBC:
Concern over mobile music-sharing
Reuters:
McCartney cries 'Help!' on song copyrights
 

 
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Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
[Thread] Engadget announces layoffs and a restructuring that separates news and features from reviews and buying advice; EIC Dana Wollman is leaving

Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

Lachlan Cartwright / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Vice News editor Josh Visser told staff he gave execs including CEO Bruce Dixon a chance to deny rumors the site was shuttering, but has not heard back

 
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