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11:45 PM ET, December 12, 2006

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Nicole Simon / cruel to be kind:
Loic Lemeur: Betraying 1000 attendees for his own political ambitions?  —  Last year at Leblogs we had the problem of being promised a high profile event, like *the* major event in this regard and got took by surprise how the audience was not really even.  A lot of more geeky people …
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Sierra / sierralog:
LeWeb3 is political propaganda  —  No I am not happy to have Mr. Sarkozy here.  I don't care if Nicolas Sarkozy changed all his schedule just for you or this conference to be here.  He is a politician, he knows his schedule, you surely informed him about the event - hey you two are best friends as it seems.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Why are they here?  —  "I don't mean to be rude," …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Founders Fund hires Sean Parker as partner, to launch second fund  —  The Founders Fund, the venture firm led by former PayPal chief executive Peter Thiel, has hired Sean Parker, the controversial entrepreneur, who has just turned 27, as a managing partner.  —  Parker somehow attracts attention wherever he goes.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Viddler and GlanceTV Launch - YouTube, What Have You Started?  —  In case you hadn't noticed, 2006 has been the year for video.  In fact, there are so many startups piling into this space - literally hundreds - that I'm sure we can expect a fallout at some point.
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
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.
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
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
 
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Out the social news scammers (and take a C note off the table)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube, Southwest Launch TV Ad Contest
Official Google Blog:
About Transferable Stock Options
Silicon Valley Watcher:
New: Ajax13 rounds out online suite with new Powerpoint app
Nicki Daniels / Times of London:
Wi-fi: should we be worried?
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Who Says Macs Aren't Used In Businesses?
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Scott Martin / Red Herring:
iTunes Revenue Not Rockin'
Discussion: Techdirt and Kevin Maney
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Maps Plus Box : Local Meets Organic Search
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: How to run Windows and Mac apps side-by-side with Parallels
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils VoIP Solution as Part of Desktop Communications
Darren Murph / Engadget:
iTunes sales "collapsing," blanket licensing to succeed?
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Chambers: Video is the 'killer app'
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
TV prices dropping too fast, Sony says
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft doesn't want Zune lost in the Shuffle