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4:20 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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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.
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?
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women's fashion network Glam raises $18.5 million at whopping valuation
Discussion: Digital Markets
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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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
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 …
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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 Citizen Journalism  —  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 …
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
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
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.
Business Wire:
SEVEN Grows Leadership Team  —  Industry Veteran Joins as CEO; $42M in Expansion Capital  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—SEVEN, the global leader in white-label mobile email, today announced that Ross Bott will join the company as its new chief executive officer effective January 1, 2007.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Skype Shake Ups, Kazim gone, Gomez Up  —  Developing Story  —  More changes at Skype - [The eBay makeover of Skype is complete. ]  Henry Gomez, a former eBay executive and a veteran marketing professional is the new chief at Skype.  He is CMO & Director of Operations for Skype but will be moving into the President's office.
Discussion: Technically Speaking and digg
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 …
 
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Jeff Raikes interview — the whole thing
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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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Debate over iTunes sales direction: what's going on?
Discussion: Reuters and digg
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Real-World Passwords
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
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