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1:15 PM 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.
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
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nintendo recalls 200,000 DS and DS Lite adapters
Discussion: Go Nintendo
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.
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Costin Manolache / Official Google Blog:
Your easiest holiday task  —  We launched Google Apps for Your Domain at the end of August, and since then we've been getting great feedback from people all over.  Organizations from Thailand, Argentina, and even our neighbors in Palo Alto have set up private-label Gmail, Google Talk …
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Google:
Adding the "D" to Google Apps for Your Domain
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: SYNTAGMA and Guardian Unlimited
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 …
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Hotty McHotHot Rumor: iPhone, Monday the 18, For Reals
Discussion: Graceful Flavor
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
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
BREAKING: More AOL Changes: EVPs Jim Bankoff, Joe Redling and John Buckley Leaving; Also CTO  —  More upheaval at AOL, as the company goes through a transition period under a new leadership: three of the top EVPs at the company are leaving, paidContent.org has learned.
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
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
SES Chicago - Using Images  —  We all had a great time at SES Chicago last week, answering questions and getting feedback.  —  One of the sessions I participated in was Images and Search Engines, and the panelists had great information about using images on your site, as well as on optimizing for Google Image search.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Prediction Markets at confab.yahoo  —  A report from the yahoo.confab event on Prediction Markets, held Wed Dec 13 in Silicon Valley.  Written by Nitin Karandikar from The Software Abstractions Blog and edited by Richard MacManus.  All photos are by David Rout for Yodel Anecdotal.
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
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,
Discussion: Technically Speaking
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.
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
U.K. considers wiki to ease patent bottleneck  —  The U.K. Patent Office is considering reforms to the British patent system based on recommendations made in a commissioned report on intellectual-property issues.  —  The patent office is "looking at an implementation plan" …
Discussion: Techdirt
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement: More Information on Windows Vista Software Protection Policies  —  In advance of general availability of Windows Vista late in January, Microsoft offers important information to help customers protect themselves from the risks of counterfeit software.
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
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Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
The 'Frankenbuild' monster
Discussion: Monkey Bites and M-Dollar
 
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
ThinkFree to take Web documents offline
Live Search's WebLog:
The Top of Live Search for 2006
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Stalemate Keeps AT& T-BellSouth Merger Off of FCC's Agenda
Discussion: Open Source and IP Democracy
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
MySpace and WordPress happenings
Discussion: Quick Online Tips
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
SES Chicago Recap in Comics
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Amazon Unleashing Onslaught of Wiis and PS3s Soon
Discussion: TechCrunch, Kotaku and Go Nintendo
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Huh? No DSL in Palo Alto??
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mixi Video Coming
Discussion: Reel Pop
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
But What Are Software Patents Good For?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ZCubes: Trying to "Do It All" on the Web
Discussion: JD on EP
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report:
AMD outlines plans for future processors
Discussion: Slashdot
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Women's fashion network Glam raises $18.5 million at whopping valuation
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye Al  —  All you crazy iPod lovers, TiVo maniacs …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Skype Shake Ups, Kazim gone, Gomez Up
Discussion: Technically Speaking and digg
 

 
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
Google launches News Showcase in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; several publishers added a feature where Google pays for reader access to paywalled content

Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Carpenter Media told a Sound Publishing union that it plans to lay off 62 people, including over half the unionized newsroom at The Daily Herald of Everett, WA

 
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