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2:35 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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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 …
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
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
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: textually.org
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Business Wire:
Jaxtr Launches Private Beta; Brings Voice to Social Networks and Blogs  —  LinkedIn Co-Founder Konstantin Guericke Joins as CEO  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Social communications company jaxtr today launched the world's first service that brings voice to social networks and blogs.
Discussion: Mashable!, VentureBeat and 21talks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
LinkedIn co-founder quits, joins Jaxtr
Discussion: Dawn Patrol
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
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 …
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.
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.
Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:
On an Internet powered by video, page views are passe  —  There as a lot of commotion yesterday about MySpace's page view count passing Yahoo.  [1] But that metric means a whole lot less today than it did six to eighteen months ago.  —  Why?  Because new page display technologies …
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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.
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
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)
 
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Mike Cassidy / Mike Cassidy's Loose Ends:
Al Shugart Dies: We'll Miss the Genuine Silicon Valley Article
Nic Fildes / Independent:
BT set to re-enter mobile market with licence bid
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Melanie Colburn / John Battelle's Searchblog:
IBM'S OMNI YAHOO EDITION
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Tweaks Windows XP Wireless Security
Gizmodo:
The Onion Poops on Sirius Radio
Discussion: Orbitcast and Scobleizer
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple offers developers new build of Leopard operating system
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
The growth of mashups continued throughout 2006
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
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SKYPE GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO CONNECT ITS GLOBAL COMMUNITY