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10:05 PM ET, December 12, 2006

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Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Why are they here?  —  "I don't mean to be rude," my wife said to me over the phone earlier, "but why have all these people come to talk to you?"  —  Politicians such as Sarkozy have muscled in on 'leweb3'  —  It's a good question.  Why did we have an address from a former Israeli prime minister …
Discussion: Joho the Blog and cybersoc.com
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Annys Shin / Washington Post:
FTC Moves to Unmask Word-of-Mouth Marketing  —  The Federal Trade Commission yesterday said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships.  —  In a staff opinion issued yesterday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Finance Overhaul  —  As anticipated, Google Finance launched a fairly extensive redesign and feature changes today.  There is much more information included on the home page v. the old layout.  Comparison charts can now be created for multiple stocks.  Top stocks can be sorted by market cap, price, search popularity, etc.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's "Project Fraternity" Docs Leaked  —  Rumors about the possible acquisition of Facebook, usually with Yahoo as buyer, have been around for most of this year.  Not that Yahoo or Facebook have asked for this attention, but the media is getting antsy.  Robert Young put it best last week …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Laser etching coming to a laptop near you  —  If you can't stand the idea of a cookie cutter laptop and you live in New York, there's a new option: laser etching.  —  Phil Torrone, an editor at Make magazine, and Limor Fried, a former fellow at the tech-focused art studio Eyebeam R&D …
Bruce Johnson / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
GWT 1.3 Release Candidate is 100% Open Source  —  Today is quite a milestone for Google Web Toolkit: with the GWT 1.3 Release Candidate, our team is very happy to announce that all of GWT is open source under the Apache 2.0 license.  There's a lot to say, but let's start with our mission:
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
RIM sues Samsung over BlackJack name  —  Research In Motion is suing Samsung, claiming that the name of the company's new BlackJack smart phone is too similar to that of RIM's own BlackBerry devices.  —  The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
2 Firms Pay $4.3 Billion for Sabre  —  Sabre Holdings, the travel reservation company once owned by American Airlines, agreed to be sold late last night for about $4.3 billion to Silver Lake Partners and the Texas Pacific Group, according to people involved in the negotiations.
PR Newswire:
Yoqoo.com Receives US$12 Million in Funding from Sutter Hill, Farallon Capital and Chengwei Ventures  —  BEIJING, Dec. 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — Yoqoo.com, a leading online video sharing and distribution platform in China, today announced it has completed a US$12 million round of private equity funding …
Discussion: PaidContent, VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Business Wire:
Intalio to Release Entire BPMS Under Open Source License  —  Intalio/BPMS to Be Released Under Mozilla Public License With Attribution  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Intalio, Inc., The Open Source BPMS Company, today announced that Intalio/BPMS Community Edition will be released under …
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: A story too good to check  —  CLAY SHIRKY — Second Life, the much-hyped virtual world backed by Benchmark Capital, is heading towards two million users.  Except it isn't, really.  We all know how this game works, and has since the earliest days of the web:
Discussion: Boing Boing and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Scammers take Web mail hostage  —  After visiting a cybercafe, a Hotmail user returned to find the Web mail account empty except for a note demanding payment for the return of the messages and address book, a security firm said Monday.  —  The affected person had accessed the Hotmail e-mail account …
Discussion: GigaLaw.com Daily News and digg
Nicki Daniels / Times of London:
Wi-fi: should we be worried?  —  Concern about the safety of wireless networks is mounting, with people blaming everything from headaches to cancer on the technology  —  It started as a low murmur, and has now risen to a persistent hum.  Thanks partly to a lively correspondence in the pages of The Times …
Brandon Live / Shell Blog:
The fate of codename "Casino"  —  Lately there's been some stir about a project at Microsoft often referred to by codenames like "Casino" and "OneView."  The team behind Casino started the project with some clear goals: to bridge the gap between searching local and remote data …
Discussion: MSTechToday
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
TV prices dropping too fast, Sony says  —  Television prices are dropping faster than expected, and Sony's not too happy about it.  —  Prices for liquid crystal display TVs should drop between 25 percent and 30 percent this year.  That's between 5 percent and 7 percent more than Sony anticipated …
Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Sony Claims Wii Is "More of a Novelty" Despite Wii Sales Doubling PS3 Sales  —  The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) has an article out that indirectly outlines Nintendo's comeback into the gaming world.  Accordingly, U.S. retailers estimate that nearly 1.5 million Wiis will be sold …
Discussion: SeekingAlpha CE Stocks and digg
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Some venture capitalists switching sides  —  SOME VENTURE CAPITALISTS ARE ESCAPING POWER STRUGGLES, OTHERS FLEEING FIRMS ON THE ROPES, BUT MANY ARE BECOMING ENTREPRENEURS  —  In the pecking order of Silicon Valley, you can't do much better than the clubby world of venture capital.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Chambers: Video is the 'killer app'  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — 8:50 a.m. PST — Cisco CEO John Chambers just said that "if there is a killer app, it is video," as part of his keynote speech kicking off the Cisco C-Scape analysts conference here.  —  "Things like YouTube are just the baby steps …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Maps Plus Box : Local Meets Organic Search  —  Matt Cutts touched upon the addition to Google Maps powered collapsible maps Plus Box integrated within Google's organic search results over the weekend, and I read it over without really thinking too much about it.  —  That is, not until I saw them in action.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
iTunes sales "collapsing," blanket licensing to succeed?  —  It wasn't too long ago that ole Steve opened a few of his famed keynotes boasting about just how much money was flowing into the iTunes Music Store, and now we've even got the option to snag feature films and TV shows if our wallet so desires …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils VoIP Solution as Part of Desktop Communications  —  Upcoming release of Microsoft Office Communications Server aims to accelerate voice over Internet protocol adoption by enabling IT to extend existing telephony infrastructure.  —  Microsoft Corp. today opened a private beta …
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Tale of two Mobile TVs
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Customers Strongly Endorse New Microsoft-Novell Deal
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
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