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5:20 AM ET, December 13, 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 …
Discussion: One Man & His Blog and Message
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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 …
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.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:   [leweb] Sarkozy - Conservative candidate lectures us
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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Just Because You Get Others To Do Your Deceptive Advertising For You …
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:
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Karl / Techdirt:   People Slowly Notice Second Life Hype And Actual Users Aren't To Scale
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Second Life: What are the real numbers?
Discussion: Clickable Culture
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Skype's Free Phone Call Plan Will Soon Have Annual Fee  —  Skype, the Internet calling service owned by eBay, said Tuesday that as of Jan. 1 it would begin charging $30 a year for unlimited calls to landline and mobile phones within the United States and Canada.  Those calls had been free since last spring.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Skype 3.0 Goes Live, New Cheaper Disruptive Calling Plans Announced for USA
Discussion: Roam4free
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 …
Official Google Blog:
About Transferable Stock Options  —  We work hard to attract and retain the world's best talent in a number of ways, and a part of that is offering competitive compensation packages.  We offer standard things such as competitive salary, cash incentives, restricted stock units and stock options.
Sprint:
Sprint Powers Up Faster Mobile Broadband Network in 10 More Markets, Upgraded Coverage Reaches 60 Million People  —  Users in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Providence and New Jersey now have the power of significantly faster upload speeds …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Search 2.0 - What's Next?  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  You may feel relatively satisfied with the current search offerings of Google, Yahoo, Ask and MSN.  Search today is undoubtedly much better than what it was in the second half of the 1990's.
Discussion: digg
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta to drop this friday  —  Exclusive: Adobe Systems Inc. on friday will make available for download an early public beta of its next-generation graphics editor, Photoshop CS3, but will otherwise abstain from delivering pre-release copies of other Creative Suite 3.0 applications.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Toby Sterling / ABCNEWS:
Dutch Pull Plug on Analog Television  —  Dutch Pull Plug on 'Free-To-Air' Analog Television, Shifting All Signals to Digital  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Dec 11, 2006 (AP)— The Netherlands ended transmission of "free to air" analog television Monday, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.
Discussion: Techdirt, Engadget HD and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Official(ish): MySpace Is Biggest Site on Internet  —  The November Comscore numbers show the inevitable: Fox Interactive (mostly MySpace) now has more page views than the combined Yahoo sites, taking the no. 1 spot for the first time.  This was less to do with MySpace growth …
newsroom.ucla.edu:
UCLA Warns of Unauthorized Access to Restricted Database  —  UCLA is alerting approximately 800,000 people that their names and certain personal information are contained in a restricted database that was illegally and fraudulently accessed by a sophisticated computer hacker.
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Who Says Macs Aren't Used In Businesses?  —  I was at the Hewlett-Packard analyst's meeting today and a funny Mac-related thing happened.  I happened to sit right behind a four people folks from Soleil-Cross Research, three of whom were typing notes on MacBook Pros.
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 …
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Forbes:
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Venice is live (sort of)...
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Bruce Johnson / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
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