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2:45 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.
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 …
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  —  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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women's fashion network Glam raises $18.5 million at whopping valuation
Discussion: Digital Markets
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Nisan / Mashable!:
How to Have an Overnight Internet Success Story
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ZCubes: Trying to "Do It All" on the Web
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Well I guess I'm not having breakfast with Sam Sethi tomorrow
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: Technically Speaking and digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
SkySpace: Skype Social Network
 Earlier Items: 
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
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Analyst: Look for Apple to Gain Market Share in 2007
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Debate over iTunes sales direction: what's going on?
Official Google Blog:
Holiday goodies from Picasa Web Albums
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Real-World Passwords
Discussion: Pito's Blog and Slashdot
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
 

 
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