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1:35 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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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Bill Gates on the Future of Web Apps  —  I'm up at Microsoft HQ with a group dubbed "leaders in various aspects of the web community" for a day that closed with an hour-long conversation with Bill Gates.  Gates opened with remarks about recent products, as well as the coming ascension …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Talking Linux IP with Bill Gates  —  If you could ask Bill Gates one question, what would you ask?  I spent an hour today with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the company's Redmond campus.  I chose to ask Bill about Microsoft's intellectual property stance against Linux and its open source developers …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and shmula
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 …
Ryan Stewart:   A Day at Microsoft  —  Today was just surreal from start to finish.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vista Wins on Looks.  As for Lacks ...  After five years of starts, stops, executive shuffling, feature rethinks and delays, Windows Vista is finally complete.  It's available to corporations already, and starting Jan. 30, it's what you'll get on any new PC.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Paul Mooney
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Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:   Windows Vista and the secret of full disk encryption
Reuters:
Gartner predicts Vista to be last major Windows
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Windows Live Local:
New Virtual Earth release launches  —  Although its a minor point release, this build of Virtual Earth packs a few great new features.  I mentioned a couple days ago that the Birds Eye navigation control was being replaced soon, and today marks the day.  Makes me want to sing the witch is dead song from Wizard of Oz.
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ResourceShelf:
Briefs #2: Google Patents Searching; Skype Version 3. Released …
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Launches Video Referral Site, StumbleVideo
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Rumor: Brutes are playable in Halo 3, video on Dec. 20th  —  We get tips from time to time, some of them small and some of them big.  The tip we received this morning, however, is a doozy.  Coming from the blog of YLA G — creator of the kickass Google application, GooMGC …
Discussion: You NEWB, Joystiq and digg
Microsoft:
With Windows MultiPoint, Youths in Developing-World Classrooms Learn 21st-Century Skills  —  The solution underscores Microsoft's commitment to innovating ways to help people in emerging markets - especially children - realize educational opportunities through technology.
Discussion: Channel 9 and Windows-Now.com
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and textually.org
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
Online Influence Tied to Search, Social Media Use  —  According to a new research report, "Engaging Advocates through Search and Social Media," released today by Yahoo! and comScore Networks, not only is social networking's influence on marketing growing, but particularly vocal individuals are having more of an effect than ever.
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Fred / A VC:
MyBlogLog's Growth  —  I wrote in my Social Networking Interconnects post the other day: … Well maybe Eric read that.  Or maybe not.  But he wrote a post on the MyBlogLog blog yesterday outlining exactly how fast MyBlogLog is taking off.  Here's my favorite chart.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Why YHOO Will Outperform GOOG in 2007  —  I was on CNBC tonight making the bullish case for Yahoo:  — Yahoo needs to grow earnings faster than Google to regain investor interest  — It can do that by cutting costs, growing audience, acquisitions or improving monetization (or some combination of all four)
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple offers developers new build of Leopard operating system  —  Apple Computer on Tuesday evening released to developers a new pre-release build of its Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new distribution, labeled Mac OS X 10.5 build 9A321 …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leopard iChat Answering Machine
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
Mike / Techdirt:
But How Will Mozart Have Incentive To Write New Music With All His Works Available For Free?  —  from the just-wondering dept  —  Last year, when the BBC decided to record and then give away free downloads of all nine of Beethoven's symphonies, some classical music record label execs complained …
Discussion: Associated Press
BetaNews:
Yahoo: Lower Page Views Due to AJAX  —  Yesterday's comScore Media Metrix report, exclaiming that estimates of page views for social networking site MySpace at 38.7 million for the month of November topped those for Yahoo by 600,000, came with some small print that should have generated …
Glenn Fleishman / New York Times:
Marrying the Cellphone to Cheap Internet Calling  —  MATTHEW MILLER wanted to cut the cost of his cellphone plan.  He and his wife, Dayna, had regularly exceeded their 2,000-minute-per-month T-Mobile family plan, incurring extra-use charges that reached $60 some months.
 
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Melanie Colburn / John Battelle's Searchblog:
IBM'S OMNI YAHOO EDITION
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Microsoft takes a swipe at Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads
Discussion: digg
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Googlenomics , Itunes and Zune
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Tweaks Windows XP Wireless Security
Linda / The Omni Mouth:
OmniPlan 1.0 now available  —  Download it here!  And getcher license here!
Gizmodo:
The Onion Poops on Sirius Radio
Discussion: Orbitcast and Scobleizer
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Fear & Loathing at Le Web 3
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
The growth of mashups continued throughout 2006
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
AOL says has largely completed layoffs
Nick Douglas / huffingtonpost.com:
Craigslist Robs Food From the Mouths of Journalist's Babies
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing
Discussion: Macsimum News and Things That
About Skype:
SKYPE GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO CONNECT ITS GLOBAL COMMUNITY
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
Gartner gets it wrong on Blogging growth
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Five Secret Strategies to Add $1 Million in Revenue to your …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's reign of terror over Valley workforce coming to end?
Discussion: Mercury News
TDavid / Things That:
Amanda Congdon on ABC News, Amanda UnRSSed