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10:05 AM ET, December 15, 2006

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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?
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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.
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.
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: M-Dollar and All about Microsoft
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement: More Information on Windows Vista Software Protection Policies
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to stop Vista piracy monster
Discussion: GigaLaw.com Daily News 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 …
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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye Al  —  All you crazy iPod lovers, TiVo maniacs …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Hotty McHotHot Rumor: iPhone, Monday the 18, For Reals
Discussion: Graceful Flavor
BBC:
Nintendo respond to Wii breakages  —  Games firm Nintendo has said it will replace all broken straps for its Wii console, following customer complaints.  —  The strap is connected to a motion sensitive remote which is used to control the on-screen action.  —  The announcement follows reports …
Discussion: Engadget and 4 color rebellion
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women's fashion network Glam raises $18.5 million at whopping valuation  —  Glam Media, a Brisbane company that claims its online fashion site network has seven million unique readers per month, has raised $18.5 million in a third round of funding.  —  It has now raised a staggering $30 million …
Discussion: Digital Markets
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Valleywag:
TRUTH IN STATISTICS: Glam.com's high-price visitors
Discussion: PaidContent and HipMojo.com
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.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Top mistakes made by new online publishers  —  Commentary: Don't fall into the traps that have left too many other journalists muttering that 'no one can make money online.'  —  Perhaps you've heard the horror stories: You can't make any money publishing online.  No one does any original reporting on the Web.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Third MS Word Code Execution Exploit Posted  —  Exploit code for a third, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word has been posted on the Internet, adding to the software maker's struggles to keep up with gaping holes in its popular word processing program.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 and digg
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Orange to offer DSL and a MacBook for two euros per day  —  We'll go ahead and spare you the blatantly obvious "apples to oranges" remark, as the two fruitful companies actually do seem to have something in common based on a recent report from French newspaper Le Figaro.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Matt McAlister:
Valleywag is becoming essential  —  I have to echo Fred Wilson's view that Valleywag has suddenly become a must-read for me.  Despite the incessant Yahoo! bashing recently, Nick Denton has finally created an insightful Silicon Valley gossip rag that's worth the time put into it.  Fred states,
 
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
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Mixi Video Coming
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nintendo recalls 200,000 DS and DS Lite adapters
Discussion: Go Nintendo
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ZCubes: Trying to "Do It All" on the Web
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AMD outlines plans for future processors
Discussion: Slashdot
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
December '06 Back Compat Update
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More Skype Shake Ups, Kazim gone, Gomez Up
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SkySpace: Skype Social Network
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SEVEN Grows Leadership Team
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Jeff Raikes interview — the whole thing
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Yahoo Music Releases Video 3.0
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Whatever Happened to Online Etiquette?
BBC:
Skype users to get lie detectors