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11:50 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: Incremental Blogger and shmula
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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)
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 …
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  —  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."
Reuters:
Gartner predicts Vista to be last major Windows  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Research firm Gartner Inc. turned soothsayer on Wednesday by predicting that Windows Vista will be the last big release of Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) Windows operating system.
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
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: Reel Pop, PodTech.net and 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 …
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
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.
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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)
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 …
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing  —  Reporters misunderstood data released in a recent market report, Forrester Research says.  —  Media reports of plummeting sales on Apple Computer's iTunes music store are untrue and based on a misinterpretation of data released …
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 …
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.
 
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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
Discussion: TechBlog and Blogging Stocks
Glenn Fleishman / New York Times:
Marrying the Cellphone to Cheap Internet Calling
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Tweaks Windows XP Wireless Security
Gizmodo:
The Onion Poops on Sirius Radio
Discussion: Orbitcast and Scobleizer
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
Chris Anderson Calls for "Radical Transparency" in Media
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple offers developers new build of Leopard operating system
Nick Douglas / huffingtonpost.com:
Craigslist Robs Food From the Mouths of Journalist's Babies
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Karl / Techdirt:
Laptops vs. Desktops: Who Cares, It's All Evolution
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: The avatar has no clothes
Discussion: Joystiq and Technovia
Noah Kagan / VentureBeat:
Who cares about Community?  —  [Editor's note: Noah Kagan …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's reign of terror over Valley workforce coming to end?
Discussion: Mercury News
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! and comScore Networks Study Reveals Influential Consumers …
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
The Pirate Bay Bans ISP In Protest Move
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Alchemy