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10:25 PM ET, December 16, 2006

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ARRL Amateur Radio News:
End of an Era: FCC to Drop Morse Testing for All Amateur License Classes  —  In an historic move, the FCC has acted to drop the Morse code requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes.  The Commission today adopted, but hasn't yet released, the long-awaited Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 05-235, the "Morse code" proceeding.
Discussion: The Jeff Pulver Blog, Slashdot and digg
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.
Discussion: Technically Speaking and JD on EP
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Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:
Here Comes Adobe Apollo  —  16 December Michael Arrington  —  2 comments … Play in Popup |  Download
Discussion: Adobe
Alexbarnett / alexbarnett.net blog:
2007 to be a big year for 'Rich Internet Applications'
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Sam Sethi  —  I would like to address this issue immediately before I post my feelings about the conference.  Please also read Michael Arringon explanations.  —exhausted after the conference, I saw Sam's post, I also notice it was posted on the first day of the conference …
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Ouriel Ohayon / MYBLOG by Ouriel:
LeWeb3 was a success.  Period (and i am not the one who says it)  —  I have been curious to gather some feedback around LeWeb3 to check if as many bloggers seem to think, the event was a total failure.  —  Here are some (very influential) people that claim it was a great event (some in french sorry)
Discussion: edu.blogs.com
Lev Grossman / Time:
Person of the Year: You  —  Yes, you.  You control the Information Age.  Welcome to your world.  —  The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men."
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Goodbye to the embargo  —  I read on Frank Shaw's blog that Nick Denton thinks that embargoes will soon be a thing of the past.  I think this is a good thing, even though I fully understand why big companies like Microsoft (Shaw's client) have attempted to orchestrate product rollouts in the past.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Valleywag:   MEDIA RELATIONS: Last days of the embargo
Frank Shaw / Glass House:   End of the Embargo?  —  Fascinating post via Valleywag on the future of the embargo.
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.
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Hackers Selling Vista Zero-Day Exploit  —  Underground hackers are hawking zero-day exploits for Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system at $50,000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro.  —  The Windows Vista exploit—which has not been independently verified …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost Does Something Right  —  PayPerPost, a marketplace for advertisers to pay bloggers to write about their products, will make a significant policy change on Monday: Bloggers will now be required to disclose that they are being paid for their posts.  This looks to be at least partially due …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Scobleizer
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 …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Tech t-shirts aren't sexy enough  —  I've been to seven JavaOne conferences.  I've paid more than $10,000 of my own money, just for the attendance fee.  You'd think—just once—they'd give me a show shirt that didn't hide the fact that I have, say, breasts.
Discussion: Scobleizer and apophenia
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
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: Beth's Blog, HighTouch and digg
Greg Stein / Google Code:
Happy Holidays, Open Source Developers!  —  It's the time of year for giving, and thus I have the pleasure of giving you two much-awaited gifts for Google Code's project hosting!  —  File Downloads - this has been the most-requested feature since we launched project hosting here on Google Code.
Discussion: Googling Google and Googlified
 
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