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10:20 PM ET, December 14, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates On The Future Of DRM  —  Microsoft convened a small group of bloggers today at their Redmond headquarters to discuss the upcoming Mix Conference in Las Vegas.  Highlights of the day included:  — The receipt of a Zune as a gift (the third I've received from Microsoft - I now have all three colors)
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Todd / Geek News Central:
No HARD questions for Bill Gates how come?  —  I am really disappointed with the Bloggers that went to Microsoft yesterday and got to meet with Bill Gates.  I was pretty excited to read the commentary on their blogs but highly disappointed that none of them asked hard questions.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Our Sixty Minutes with Bill Gates  —  A group of bloggers and online influencers, myself included, got to sit down today with Bill Gates as part of Microsoft's special Mix n' Mash 07 event.  The day's participants included an eclectic group of individuals.  Some were bloggers …
Mike Cassidy / Mike Cassidy's Loose Ends:
Al Shugart Dies: We'll Miss the Genuine Silicon Valley Article  —  I'm going to miss Al Shugart for so many reasons.  —  He was a hard-driven father of the hard drive.  He was an idiosyncratic CEO.  The kind of guy who could tell a story or speak his mind without much concern at all about what you might think of him.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye Al  —  All you crazy iPod lovers, TiVo maniacs …
Discussion: Associated Press
Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
The 'Frankenbuild' monster  —  Over the last few weeks, we've seen a number of attempts at workarounds for Vista product activation.  As of now there are at least two distinct workarounds that have worked to some degree, but I'm sure there are more on the way.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to stop Vista piracy monster
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Gets $18.5 Million And A CNET Chairman  —  Glam Media, a fashion and lifestyle Web site, has a trifecta of news today.  It has received $18 million in Series C funding, CNET chairman Jarl Mohn is joining the company as an investor and strategic adviser, and there is a new partnership …
Discussion: VentureBeat and duncanriley.com
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Steve / The Tomorrow Times:
How to login to an expired Windows  —  Microsoft has a neat little way to prevent software piracy of their Windows operating system.  "Windows Genuine Advantage"[edit: I stand corrected, it has nothing to do with WGA] with its "Product Activation" requirement.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Online, P.& G. Gets a Little Crazy  —  A MARKETER once known as much for its moral rectitude as its soaps and detergents is pushing further into the brave world of new media with a provocative effort asserting that men can suffer from menstrual cramps.  —  Not long ago, the company …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Start-up Jaxtr lets friends phone you on your blog  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Silicon Valley start-up is gearing up to embed free, Web-based telephone services on a variety of popular social networking and blogging services, including MySpace, Friendster and Blogger.
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Business Wire:
Jaxtr Launches Private Beta; Brings Voice to Social Networks and Blogs
Discussion: The Social Web, TechCrunch and 21talks
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Real-World Passwords  —  How good are the passwords people are choosing to protect their computers and online accounts?  —  It's a hard question to answer because data is scarce.  But recently, a colleague sent me some spoils from a MySpace phishing attack: 34,000 actual user names and passwords.
Discussion: Pito's Blog and Slashdot
Adobe:
Adobe Releases Beta Version of Photoshop CS3  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will introduce a beta version of Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 software, the next release of the world standard in digital imaging, on Friday, December 15th.  Adobe is delivering a widely available Photoshop CS3 beta …
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Music Releases Video 3.0  —  Yahoo Music launched Video 3.0 in beta today.  The company sent us the screenshots below to give us a preview of the new video player.  —  Video 3.0 will have both Firefox and Mac compatibility through flash technology, higher quality video streams, and tailored playlist capabilities.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Monkey Bites and Reel Pop
BBC:
Skype users to get lie detectors  —  Callers using internet phone system Skype who might be tempted to tell a few porkies should beware - the user on the other end may have a lie detector.  —  Skype is to offer the KishKish Lie Detector, which is made by BATM, as an add-on for customers.
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Analyst: Look for Apple to Gain Market Share in 2007  —  With its conversion to Intel processors, the so-called "halo effect" of the iPod and the availability of the Boot Camp software, Apple Computer's Macintosh will gain market share in 2007, according to one analyst.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Tests New Ad Offerings — But Will Advertisers Follow?  —  Google Inc. has been racing to extend its reach on the Internet and in traditional media.  Now it needs advertisers to follow.  —  Among those it is wooing is Alan Cohen, chief marketing officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Early …
 
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Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
December '06 Back Compat Update
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
The Twelve Ways of Click Fraud
Discussion: Traffick, Merjis blog and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Skype Shake Ups, Kazim gone, Gomez Up
boardsus.playstation.com:
What is known:  —  That a majority of the games affected are games that do not
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
SkySpace: Skype Social Network
Business Wire:
SEVEN Grows Leadership Team
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
The Founders Fund emerges as venture capital 2.0
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Valleywag
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Whatever Happened to Online Etiquette?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech_Space
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Debate over iTunes sales direction: what's going on?
Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
Evel Knievel Sues AOL, But He'll Never Stop That Video from Circulating
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
The Goog Life: how Google keeps employees by treating them like kids
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Microsoft:
With Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Windows-Now.com
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
Online Influence Tied to Search, Social Media Use
Mike / Techdirt:
But How Will Mozart Have Incentive To Write New Music With All …
Glenn Fleishman / New York Times:
Marrying the Cellphone to Cheap Internet Calling
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vista Wins on Looks. As for Lacks ...
Discussion: Gizmodo and Paul Mooney