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2:45 PM ET, December 16, 2006

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Bloomberg:
Facebook, Courted By Yahoo, Won't Sell, Director Says (Update3)  —  Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — Facebook, the social-networking Web site courted by Yahoo! Inc., isn't for sale, board member Peter Thiel said.  —  ``It's going to remain an independent company,'' Thiel said in an interview last week.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Like YouTube, FaceBook Isn't For Sale  —  Facebook, having turned down at least one verified $1 billion buyout offer, is now saying they aren't for sale.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg and board member Peter Theil aren't stopping there, either.  They're also saying the company may build towards an IPO, and is worth at least $8 billion today.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook "definitely" not for sale  —  Facebook, the social-networking Web site courted by Yahoo, isn't for sale, board member Peter Thiel tells Bloomberg. … Thiel said the site is actually worth $8 billion or more, citing the site's college-aged users, according to Bloomberg.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Preparing For Apollo  —  2007 will bring the launch of the much anticipated Adobe Apollo platform, a cross platform run time that will allow developers to take rich internet applications, whether they be built on Flash, HTML, JavaScript and/or Ajax, and turn them into desktop applications.
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Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:
Here Comes Adobe Apollo  —  16 December Michael Arrington  —  2 comments … Play in Popup |  Download
Discussion: Adobe
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe hitches long-term wagon to Flash, Apollo  —  While Adobe's 2007 financial standing is likely to improve courtesy of the latest Creative Suite product cycle and its new version of Photoshop, management is looking to Flash and its Apollo platform to keep the momentum going in 2008.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Ryan Stewart
Seeking Alpha:   Adobe Systems F4Q06 (Qtr End 12/01/06) Earnings Call Transcript
heise Security:
The hole trick  —  How Skype & Co. get round firewalls  —  Peer-to-peer software applications are a network administrator's nightmare.  In order to be able to exchange packets with their counterpart as directly as possible they use subtle tricks to punch holes in firewalls …
BBC:
Turning off the digital world  —  The increasing energy demands of the digital world need to be addressed if we are to avoid severe global warming, argues regular commentator Bill Thompson.  —  This Christmas period offices will be empty of staff as the country shuts down for the extended celebration …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Nintendo to Offer Sturdier Straps for Wii  —  Nintendo said Friday that it was taking steps to keep energetic users of its new Wii video game console from breaking their televisions and ceiling fans.  —  The Wii, which Nintendo began selling in November, has generated considerable enthusiasm …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Business 2.0:
Vista flaw could haunt Microsoft  —  Microsoft wants a bigger piece of Oracle and IBM's database business, but an oversight in its new operating system could cost the company plenty.  —  (Business 2. Magazine) — If you followed Microsoft in the 1990s, you knew it as a company that deftly moved …
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
What makes Second Life eerily powerful is the zero-distance between thinkers and technology  —  It took about an hour before I finally switched from thinking that my initial experiences with Second Life were a waste of time — to actually finding them being productive in new ways.
Discussion: HighTouch and digg
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Mark Lucovsky adds Google bling to your blog  —  Mark Lucovsky runs the Ajax Search service at Google and sits down for both an in-depth interview about what he's been working on, but then pulls out some cool demos of ways you can add ...
Discussion: Scobleizer and John Furrier
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Selling Domains For $10 Per Year  —  Google has entered the domain business with partners GoDaddy and eNom.  An already crowded industry, Google has begun allowing people to register '.com', '.net', '.biz', and '.info' Web site addresses.  Web sites that register their domains directly …
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Registers Domains Through Google App
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Drew / Dembot:
ABC: Final Feedback  —  Consider this post fueled by whatever you will - I find it very important and worthwhile.  I'm going to set aside all of the technical problems everyone has already mentioned with the video distribution and the ABC platform - the fact that there are no RSS feeds …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Kind of Publisher Are You?  —  Business 2.0 editor Josh Quittner pushes back on Chris Anderson's treatise on "radical transparency" in magazine publishing: … Editors like Chris and Josh are facing a moment of reckoning — they need to decide whether they are principally magazine publishers or online publishers.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
 
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Lifehacker:
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BBC:
Gates: Digital locks too complex
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