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5:50 AM ET, December 15, 2006

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molly.com:
Who Questions Bill Gates' Commitment to Web Standards?  —  On a rainy Wednesday in Redmond, Washington, 14 invited bloggers and industry leaders gathered at building 20 of the Microsoft campus for a full day of discussion regarding Microsoft's outreach to its communities via the upcoming MIX07 conference.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Todd asks "why no hard questions for BillG?"  —  Over at Geek News Central Todd Cochrane asks an interesting question about yesterday's Bill Gates Blogger Meetup.  "It pisses me off that none of them could ask a hard question" he says, while asking what hard questions would you ask?
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.
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
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 …
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe to release Intel-native Photoshop CS3 beta  —  Photoshop users who've been waiting for a version of the image-editing program that runs natively on Intel-based Macs are about to be rewarded for their patience.  Adobe will release a beta of Photoshop CS3 on Friday, December 15, that's available as a Universal Binary.
Discussion: MacUser and The Apple Blog
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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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women's fashion network Glam raises $18.5 million at whopping valuation
Discussion: Digital Markets
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Gets $18.5 Million And A CNET Chairman
Mercury News:
DISK DRIVE PIONEER LED SEAGATE  —  SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS PIONEER LED SEAGATE  —  On his office desk, Alan ``Al'' Shugart kept a small, wooden triangle with a straightforward message: ``Keep it simple.''  —  But the life of the disk drive pioneer, who died Tuesday at 76 …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and VentureBeat
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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 …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, Mathew Ingram and digg
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:   Hotty McHotHot Rumor: iPhone, Monday the 18, For Reals
Seth Finkelstein / Infothought:
Gooptions As Case Study Of The Failure Of Journalism (MSM Or "Citizen")  —  The Google Employee Stock Options coverage has been a case study in uncritical thinking.  I know, what else is new, but I'll say it anyway.  —  About the best other criticism I've found is an excellent post on SearchViews …
Mike / Techdirt:
But What Are Software Patents Good For?  —  from the still-waiting?  dept  —  Tim Lee, over at the Technology Liberation Front is breaking down a recent report defending software patents from the Progress & Freedom Foundation — a think tank which claims to be libertarian …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Changing the Game  —  There was a time in Silicon Valley when starting a company meant building something that you wanted to have, then other people came asking to buy one and you were in business.  Companies in those days absorbed little venture capital and had the quaint notion that prior …
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, NewTeeVee and Monkey Bites
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
Google:
Adding the "D" to Google Apps for Your Domain  —  Getting powerful communication and collaboration tools up and running for your organization just got a little easier.  That's because we've added domain registration services to Google Apps for Your Domain, a platform that allows organizations …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
December '06 Back Compat Update  —  Just in time for the holidays and now with Psychonauts!  The backwards compatibility update is now available over Xbox Live.  This free update brings the complete list of original Xbox games that you can play on your Xbox 360 to over 300.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
19 Ways To Make Social Sites Pay  —  With the top YouTube users becoming paid shills for Coke, and the top Diggers being accused of taking 'cash for Diggs', it seems that the users of social sites are looking to be rewarded for their efforts.  In fact, there are already plenty of services that will pay you for your participation.
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mixi Video Coming
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Analyst: Look for Apple to Gain Market Share in 2007
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BBC:
Skype users to get lie detectors
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Real-World Passwords
Discussion: Pito's Blog and Slashdot
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Online, P.& G. Gets a Little Crazy
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Tests New Ad Offerings — But Will Advertisers Follow?
Steve / The Tomorrow Times:
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