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9:40 AM ET, December 14, 2006

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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: shmula
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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 …
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 …
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)
Ryan Stewart:   A Day at Microsoft  —  Today was just surreal from start to finish.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look: StumbleUpon Announces New Video Surfing Site, StumbleVideo  —  If you're familiar with StumbleUpon, the web surfing toolbar, you've probably spent countless hours hitting the "stumble" button and discovering sites that are eerily tailored towards your taste.
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Launches Video Referral Site, StumbleVideo
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
StumbleUpon Launches StumbleVideo
Discussion: Dawn Patrol and Digital Alchemy
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
StumbleUpon new and fun videos with this new service
Discussion: John Furrier
Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
Stumbling through video
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Putting TechCrunch UK On Hold  —  TechCrunch UK, just a few months old, has been tremendously successful in creating a community for local UK & Ireland Entrepreneurs.  However, today I put the blog on hold and terminated our relationship with editor Sam Sethi.
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Drew B / Drew B's take on tech PR:
SAM SETHI LEAVES TECHCRUNCH UK, ETHICAL DEBATE RAGES ON BLOGGING  —  This week's social media conference Le Web got some pretty poor feedback from its delegates.  Neville Hobson has written up a thorough review that's worth reading.  And organiser Loic le Meur is bearing the brunt unfortunately.
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:   Fear & Loathing at Le Web 3
Tom Raftery / Tom Raftery's I.T. views:
Sam Sethi fired for not deleting a comment?
Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
Windows Vista and the secret of full disk encryption  —  When I talk to large enterprises, they tend to be either deploying or planning to deploy PC encryption tools, especially for laptops.  This is no longer a "nice to have;" it has become a "gotta have."
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Reuters:
Gartner predicts Vista to be last major Windows
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Reuters:
AOL says has largely completed layoffs  —  Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX.N: Quote, Profile , Research) AOL said on Wednesday it has completed the bulk of a plan to reduce its work force by 5,000 employees, or 26 percent, as part of a wholesale restructuring of the online unit's business model.
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Valleywag:
AOL: The purge goes high
Discussion: Frank Barnako
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 …
Nick Douglas / huffingtonpost.com:
Craigslist Robs Food From the Mouths of Journalist's Babies  —  The latest "Craigslist vs. the Newspapers" incident is making the rounds.  The cause: Yet another group of businessfolk (this time it was Wall Streeters at the UBS global media conference) heard company CEO Jim Buckmaster explain …
Discussion: Technically Speaking and Bokardo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's reign of terror over Valley workforce coming to end?  —  For two years, Google has brutalized its competition and other start-ups by grabbing the best talent with two sexy pieces of bait: the stock option, and its fun brand.  —  However, the first piece of bait, the stock option …
Discussion: Mercury News
About Skype:
SKYPE GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO CONNECT ITS GLOBAL COMMUNITY  —  Extras and Public Chat features inspire more people to stay in touch with their friends and meet new ones along the way  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced Skype™ 3.0 for Windows …
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: The avatar has no clothes  —  CLAY SHIRKY — I got a pre-launch demo of Second Life, straight from Mitch Kapor and the Second Life team, several years ago at PC Forum, so I'm well aware of Mitch's bullishness on the subject.  Mitch has done more to advance the state …
Discussion: Joystiq and Technovia
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.
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
The growth of mashups continued throughout 2006  —  One of my favorite Internet stats to check out are the mashup and open API trendlines on the front page of Programmable Web.  Consistently, month after month this year and right up until present day, we've seen the mashup stats climb intriguing steadiness.
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! and comScore Networks Study Reveals Influential Consumers Can Be Reached Through Search, Social Media and Communication Tools  —  "Brand Advocates" Are Loyal and Engaged Consumers That Are Word of Mouth Powerhouses - Especially Online  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec 13, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) …
 
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