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2:05 PM ET, December 21, 2006

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BBC:
Record firms sue Russian MP3 site  —  A group of US record labels has started legal action against Russian music download site Allofmp3.com.  —  The lawsuit was filed in New York on behalf of Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol and UMG recordings.  —  They are suing Moscow-based Mediaservices …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Record Labels Sue Web Site Operator  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music Web site AllofMP3.com on Wednesday, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission.  —  The lawsuit was filed …
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Censored 'SNL' Sketch Jumps Bleepless Onto the Internet  —  The nearly three-minute digital film, shown on "Saturday Night Live" last Saturday, was a parody of two boy-band singers (including one played by the real Justin Timberlake) crooning a holiday song about making a gift to their girlfriends …
Nick Bradbury:
Desktop Software is Paralyzed by Fear  —  Despite the power and rich UI that desktop applications offer, it's obvious that the move to Web applications is accelerating.  For many people, the ability to access your data through any browser clearly outweighs the benefits of desktop software.
Discussion: Global Nerdy and JD on EP
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:   Nick gets it - desktop software is scary
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
A Year Later, Google Talk and AIM Still Don't Interoperate  —  I must be psychic.  This morning I was recalling that Google and AOL have long promised to integrate their instant messaging platforms.  This would allow users on Google Talk to chat with their peeps who are on AOL Instant Messenger and vice versa.
Discussion: Googlified and Message
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Google:   Time Warner's AOL and Google to Expand Strategic Alliance Creating …
Groklaw:
Jeremy Allison Has Resigned from Novell to Protest MS Patent Deal  —  The legendary Jeremy Allison (of Samba fame) has resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement, which he calls "a mistake" which will be "damaging to Novell's success in the future."
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
At the Heart of the Wii, Micron-Size Machines  —  EVEN before its release last month, Nintendo's latest video game console, the Wii, was getting a lot of attention for its wireless motion-sensitive controllers.  Swing the controller and — crack! — hit a virtual home run in a virtual ballpark, for example.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside The Venice Project & Exclusive Screen Shots  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Ever since we interviewed Janus Friis, the co-founder of Skype about The Venice Project, his latest start-up that plans to use peer-to-peer technology to disrupt the television industry, we have been intrigued and have been dying to get a look at the service.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PSFK Trend: PSFK and digg
APC:
Microsoft fights Gmail in the workplace  —  In an Exchange Server, far, far away: Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Martha DeAmicis demonstrates how Exchange 2007 can cope with 1GB and larger mailboxes at the launch of Vista, Office and Exchange in Singapore
Discussion: Hawk Wings and Slashdot
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites:
Is Your ISP Blocking BitTorrent?  —  I was having a conversation earlier today with a coworker at Wired magazine, and he mentioned the difficulties he was having with BitTorrent on his home connection.  When he's running a torrent, his upload bandwidth sits at zero and won't budge.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lifehacker
Fred / A VC:
Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs  —  It's Christmas time and I've been thinking about gifts.  In this case, I've been thinking about what a gift the evolution of the web from its first generation to its second generation has been to the venture capital business.
Discussion: Traffick and Disruptive Thoughts
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Do Cameraphone Megapixels Really Add Up?  —  These days, it's harder to find a phone without a camera than one with, and as the prices of optical components and sensing chips fall, the quality of the "pedestrian" camera increases.  You're average cameraphone now sports somewhere around …
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Ousama Abushagur / Al-Manazir:
First Look at the Nokia N70
Discussion: digg
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID on the Upswing  —  OpenID is a lightweight, decentralized identity system that has been gaining prominence.  I expect this upcoming year to be a big year for OpenID — and not just because of the Google trend chart with the recent uptake in search query share.
Mike / Techdirt:
Google Misses Another Chance To Be The Web Platform  —  from the strategic-errors dept  —  A few people have submitted various stories on the web about how Google has killed off their SOAP Search API in favor of their AJAX API, which is much more limited.  Some are saying that this is more …
GamesIndustry.biz:
MS exec questions long term potential for Nintendo Wii  —  Satchell also unconvinced by Sony's online strategy  —  Chris Satchell, general manager of Microsoft's Game Development Group, has questioned whether the Wii has got what it takes to keep gamers' interests in the long run.
Discussion: Channel 9, Kotaku and Joystiq
big-images.com:
iPod Shuffles and jolly good cheer!  —  What do you get when you mix Apple iPods, Origami, and BIG Images Christmas cheer?  —  You get employee Christmas presents comprised of 2nd Generation iPod Shuffles wrapped in Origami boxes made of $100 bills.  —  The holiday season is a time for family …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ask.com testing new search interface  —  Ask.com quietly began testing a new search interface this week in a bid to highlight its technology and take on titan Google anew.  —  Ask, a longtime background player in search that shed its "Jeeves" image this year, launched Askx.com …
 
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P2P Blog:
BBC will use DRM for Bittorrent content
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Hacking NetFlix
New York Times:
A TV Show's Content Calls the Commercial Plays
Discussion: BeyondVC and Lost Remote
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Bloggers Shrink the Planet
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Great to see others talking about decentralized social networking
David Pogue / New York Times:
Cellphones That Track the Kids
Discussion: GigaOM
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedSky, China's Version of Feedburner - But With Bigger Numbers
David Wallace / SearchRank Blog:
All I Want For Christmas Is... - A Search Marketer's Wish List
Inside Google Desktop:
Holiday Gadgets  —  We've released some very fun and festive gadgets …
Discussion: Download Squad
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
WSJ Gets Comfortable with Blogs, Wants to Boost Community
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google drops beta tag from Blogger
Discussion: Neowin.net and Web Strategy
Shimon Sandler / SEO Consultant:
Google Holiday Gift
Discussion: digg
Business Week:
Entertainment: Downloading The Video Windfall
Discussion: GigaOM
Lexi Baugher / Official Google Blog:
Blogger's new bag of tricks
Discussion: TechCrunch
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds
Discussion: loose wire blog
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
EFF taps e-voting security guru Ed Felten for board
Joey deVilla / Global Nerdy:
RSS is "The Next Big Thing" — and Has Been for the Past 3 Years