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12:45 AM ET, December 15, 2006

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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.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and M-Dollar
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to stop Vista piracy monster  —  Microsoft has issued an update to Windows Vista that's intended to stop a piracy monster.  —  The software maker said Thursday that the update is aimed at thwarting a technique that was letting some people use pirated versions …
Discussion: GigaLaw.com Daily News and digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement: More Information on Windows Vista Software Protection Policies
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Valleywag:
TRUTH IN STATISTICS: Glam.com's high-price visitors  —  Ah Samir Arora looks so beatifically happy in that photo, and it's no wonder why: Glam Media, the fashion site headed by the smiling web guru has just raised an astonishing amount of money, $18m.  Arora, former boss of e-commerce provider NetObjects …
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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: duncanriley.com and HipMojo.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women's fashion network Glam raises $18.5 million at whopping valuation
Discussion: Digital Markets
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.
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part XXI : Gates tells consumers to ditch DRMed tunes, buy CDs  —  For our latest episode of CE-Oh No He Didn't, we turn to a perennial favorite: Bill Gates.  At a recent blogger event (read: junket) up in Redmond, Gates apparently told the audience that DRM has …
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
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Whatever Happened to Online Etiquette?  —  "Dear David, first off i would like to tell you that you are full of s*** and did not research the zune enough to know your facts.  —  "The following are incorrect, and not limited to: podcasts, giftcards, looks(which is an oppinion), controls, and content.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Tech_Space, Scobleizer and digg
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 …
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Well I guess I'm not having breakfast with Sam Sethi tomorrow  —  No - it has nothing to do with controversial issues, ethics, who's wrong or right or what new conferences are gonna be created or not.  I'm just exhausted and need to sleep in.  —  But I will put in my own 2 cents here.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   CrunchStorm  —  I was talking with Scoble this afternoon …
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 …
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
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: Reel Pop, Monkey Bites and NewTeeVee
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.
 
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Hotty McHotHot Rumor: iPhone, Monday the 18, For Reals
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report:
AMD outlines plans for future processors
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Discussion: digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
SkySpace: Skype Social Network
Business Wire:
SEVEN Grows Leadership Team
Discussion: VentureBeat
Agence France Presse:
South Korea to introduce rules to curb teenagers' mobile phone use
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Option Plan Better for Shareholders, Too (UPDATED)
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Jeff Raikes interview — the whole thing
Discussion: Open Sources
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
The Founders Fund emerges as venture capital 2.0
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
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Tests New Ad Offerings — But Will Advertisers Follow?
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
The Goog Life: how Google keeps employees by treating them like kids
Discussion: eWEEK.com
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vista Wins on Looks. As for Lacks ...
Discussion: Gizmodo and Paul Mooney