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6:20 PM ET, December 21, 2006

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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."
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   The ultimate revenge? Novell's Allison to join Google
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:   Allison to Novell: "We are pariahs"
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.
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 their data through any browser clearly outweighs the benefits of desktop software.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Nick gets it - desktop software is scary
Discussion: JD on EP
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: Message, Googlified and digg
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Google:   Time Warner's AOL and Google to Expand Strategic Alliance Creating …
James Kendrick / InformationWeek:
How Microsoft Botched Marketing The Ultra-Mobile PC — And Why You Might Want To Buy One Anyway  —  Microsoft's mobile product code-named Origami generated a lot of buzz when it was just a rumor, but consumers lost interest when it hit the streets as an Ultra Mobile PC.
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
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 …
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Linkedin gets down to business  —  Commentary: Business network gets noticed  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Remember when popular social network Facebook received a half-a-billion dollar valuation earlier this year?  —  You might raise an eyebrow when you hear about how venture capitalists …
John Blau / PC Advisor:
French will go it alone with Quaero project  —  A politically inspired partnership between the German and French governments to develop advanced multimedia search technologies, Quaero, appears to be falling apart over strategic and cultural differences.  —  Earlier this week, Hartmut Schauerte …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Fred / WeBreakStuff:
I love you Adobe, but those icons suck  —  John Nack, Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop, unveiled the new icons for the upcoming series of Adobe Products - and boy, can I be any more disappointed.  The new icon for photoshop is below - Yup, it's the ugly blue square.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A tale of corporate atrocity  —  I had lunch with Marc Canter yesterday, and he told me about a conversation he had with Tim O'Reilly and Cory Doctorow, where they told him they knew I had nothing to do with RSS.  I asked how they said they knew.  They had apparently asked some people …
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Cellphones That Track the Kids  —  Let's face it: we're in love with the idea of secret location trackers.  In "The Da Vinci Code," the bad guys slap a location-tracking button onto Tom Hanks's clothing.  In "The Matrix," a location-tracking scorpion robot crawls into Keanu Reeves's abdomen.
Discussion: GigaOM
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
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ask has the mojo to double its search market share
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Karl / Techdirt:
FCC Blames Your Town For The Uncompetitive TV Market The FCC Helped Create
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
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Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
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Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Bloggers Shrink the Planet
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Great to see others talking about decentralized social networking
GamesIndustry.biz:
MS exec questions long term potential for Nintendo Wii
big-images.com:
iPod Shuffles and jolly good cheer!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedSky, China's Version of Feedburner - But With Bigger Numbers
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds