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 …
Discussion: IP Democracy, PaidContent, Mathew Ingram, Kevin Maney, Gadgetopia, HipMojo.com, Screenwerk and Susan Mernit's Blog
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: SNL's "Bleep-in-a-Box" Video Breaks Boundaries
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent: NBC, SNL Intentionally Use YouTube, NBC.com To Distribute Uncensored Video
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work: NBC should make Andy Samberg CEO
Jzielins / Kevin Maney: Coffee break: — The Journal catches up with this blog's post on iTunes by the numbers.
Froosh / HipMojo.com: Open Letter to Lorne Michaels, Jeff Zucker and Beth Comstock Regarding Andy Samberg
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Now Inseparable: TV and the Internet
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 …
Discussion: Coolfer, TechCrunch, TechnoLlama, Guardian Unlimited and PaidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: I Wish Google Could Buy AllofMP3
Andres Guadamuz / TechnoLlama: Music industry sues AllofMP3.com
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent: Major Record Labels (Finally) Sue Moscow-based Allofmp3.com
Record Labels Sue Operator of Russian Music Site AllofMP3.com — Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music Web site AllofMP3.com on Wednesday, Dec. 20, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission.
Discussion: Good Morning Silicon Valley, Monkey Bites and Digital Music News
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Latest RIAA slogan: "DMCAkratizatsiya"
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites: The Morning Reboot: Thursday December 21
Trae McNeely / SlashPhone:
Vertu's Signature Cobra Cellphone Cost $310,000 USD — Views: 374 — Vertu's Signature Cobra Cellphone can be yours for only $310,000. Cheaper version sells for $ 115,000. Created with various diamonds and 439 rubies. — I am honored to introduce our next cellphone; Vertu's Signature Cobra.
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: JD on EP
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop: Nick gets it - desktop software is scary
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.
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Slashdot: Games
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo: Gaffes and Blunders in 06 — Next-Gen has put together …
Don Box / Don Box's Spoutlet:
Google Search API? — Several people have forwarded me pointers to Google's move from a SOAP-based access mechanism for search to an AJAX-based one. — The O'Reilly coverage starts to detail what's going on, but I think there's more here than meets the eye.
Discussion: Paul Mooney, ProgrammableWeb, Manthan and John Battelle's Searchblog
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb: Goodbye Google SOAP API
Venkatesh / Manthan: Google AJAX Api limitations
Melanie Colburn / John Battelle's Searchblog: GOOGLE SEARCH API, DROPPED
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
Discussion: Scripting News and Labnotes
Dave Winer / Scripting News: What makes things work
Assaf / Labnotes: Rounded Corners - 79
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Widgets Become More Important than APIs for Data Exchange on the Web
Widgets Become More Important than APIs for Data Exchange on the Web
Discussion: Mad Techie Woman and Scripting News
Dave Winer / Scripting News: God bless the re-inventers
Deusx / del.icio.us:
tagometer: badges badges badges badges BOOKMARKS BOOKMARKS — Being a blogger, one of my long-standing wishlist items for del.icio.us has been to find some way to get more of what's going on here to show up out there. Instead of just simple links, I've wanted to get a bit of peek through …
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web: Del.icio.us launches the 'tagometer' widget
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad: The del.icio.us tagometer badge
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Del.icio.us Launches Tagometer Widget - Bookmark Mashable!
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD: Tagometers and Travesties
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog: del.icio.us API for URL top tags, bookmark count
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Del.icio.us Widget Released
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google drops beta tag from Blogger — The beta version of Google's popular blogging service, Blogger Beta, quietly shed its "beta" tag today. The switch came without much fanfare, only noted by the loss of the "beta" tag and the introduction of "the new Blogger" on the main Blogger web site.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Web Strategy
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy: Google's Blogspot releases Upgrades
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds — Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus — Did the above image shock you? No, this is not a real Google advert! But something similar may well turn into reality. In this sequel to our original GoogleOS blockbuster …
Discussion: loose wire blog
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog: A Read/Write Web? Sometimes
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.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily, Phil Windley's Technometria and digg
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.
Inside Google Desktop:
Holiday Gadgets — We've released some very fun and festive gadgets just in time for the holidays! Try these out: — Christmas Tree by EK Chung and James Yum [USA] — A tree that you can decorate. Choose lights, bows, stockings, and ornaments for your tree to add distinctive holiday cheer.
Discussion: Download Squad
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad: Fun Holiday Gadgets from Google - Today's Time Waster
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Slashdot
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Why Did Google Stop Supporting The SOAP API?
Kdawson / Slashdot: Google Deprecates SOAP API
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.
Blake Snow / Joystiq: Microsoft developer doubts Wii's endurance
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Great to see others talking about decentralized social networking — For the past few years, I've been assuming that folks would come around to my way of thinking in regards to social networking. These giant, centralized, lock-in beasts had to end. — It just made sense.