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7:55 PM ET, December 12, 2006

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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.
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Peter / blog.forret.com:
LeWeb3 is actually "Loic for president"
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
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Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
The Problem with Yahoo's Facebook Numbers
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and PE HUB
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 …
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Scott Martin / Red Herring:
iTunes Revenue Not Rockin'
Discussion: Techdirt and Kevin Maney
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.
Discussion: TechEffect and kosso's braingarden
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Mike / Techdirt:   RIM's Legal Strategy Over Samsung's BlackJack Is A Bust
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Setting The Record Straight  —  As part of one of Microsoft's on-going lawsuits, a piece of email that I sent to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates recently became public.  It was a rant encouraging a change to the way we were building Windows at the time.  In the email, I made a comment for effect …
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Allchin's Rant About PCs vs. Macs
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and digg
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 …
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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Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Google Finance Upgrade on the Money
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:
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, NewTeeVee and VentureBeat
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
IE7 promo page  —  I was going to read some Penny Arcade, but Robert Scoble invoked me.  Jeremy points out that Google had an IE7 promo page that looked remarkably similar to a Yahoo! IE7 promo page.  —  I can only speak for me personally on this.  If Jeremy looked into it and says that …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Supadupagama / videogamesblogger.com:
Sony pays PR firm to lie about wanting a PSP for Christmas (terrible rapsong video included)  —  I hate that it's popular in the media nowadays to bash the black sheep PS3.  It's true that Sony made almost every mistake they could make in the release of the PS3, but I don't think any one game company deserved …
Discussion: Joystiq, PSP Fanboy and You NEWB
siteadvisor.com:
The Safety of Internet Search Engines - Revisited … Key Findings  —  In the U.S., the top 5 search engines (representing 91% of all search engine use) all include some dangerous results.  —  AOL returns the safest results with 3.6% of results rated red1 or yellow2 by McAfee SiteAdvisor.
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Founders Fund hires Sean Parker as partner, to launch second fund
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A Tale of two Mobile TVs
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Gizmodo:
Laptop Covers for Dummies
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Mike / Techdirt:
If You Think The NY Times 'Gets' Social Media, Digg This!
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