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5:15 PM ET, December 16, 2006

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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
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Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:
Here Comes Adobe Apollo  —  16 December Michael Arrington  —  2 comments … Play in Popup |  Download
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.
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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Tom Morris
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Frank Shaw / Glass House:
End of the Embargo?  —  Fascinating post via Valleywag on the future of the embargo.  Using the Google charity stock news as an example, Valleywag posits that we are about to see the end of the embargo.  Googlewatch got the scoop and it sort of embarrassed the whole group by showing how they followed the rules.
Discussion: Scripting News and Scobleizer
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Valleywag:   MEDIA RELATIONS: Last days of the embargo
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
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
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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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
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Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
It's AN iPhone, But It's Not the Apple iPhone
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Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Mark Lucovsky adds Google bling to your blog
Discussion: Scobleizer and John Furrier
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Selling Domains For $10 Per Year
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo Launches Bebo Widgets - 100,000 Widgets Created in 12 Hours