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7:10 AM ET, December 22, 2006

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft seeks patent covering Web feed readers  —  Microsoft has filed for two patents covering technology used to organize and read syndicated Web feeds, such as those delivered via the widely used Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, family of formats.  —  The pair of applications …
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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 …
Nick Bradbury:
Microsoft's "Content syndication platform" Patent  —  Dave Winer links to a US Patent Application filed by Microsoft in 2005 regarding the Windows RSS Platform.  Here's the abstract: … Wow.  I had no idea Microsoft invented all that - I could swear some other folks have implemented similar ideas!
Gizmodo:
Venice Project Hands On: This Is Going To Kill YouTube  —  The guys who brought you KaZaA and Skype are at it again, and their upcoming Venice Project Peer to Peer streaming will show YouTube how video is really done.  Just like KaZaA was a disruptive force in music sharing …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venice Project Details And Screen Shots  —  More information on TheVeniceProject from beta testers is starting to come in.  We've covered the rumors of the new online tv, or IPTV, project since the rumors surfaced in October.  —  Last week, CenterNetworks (great up and coming blog) …
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge: Can't link to Webcast if copyright owner objects  —  A federal judge in Texas has ruled that it is unlawful to provide a hyperlink to a Webcast if the copyright owner objects to it.  —  U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay in the northern district of Texas granted a preliminary injunction …
Discussion: PaidContent
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Mike / Techdirt:
Judge Says No Deep Linking To Videos  —  from the that's-a-problem dept  —  Deep linking is apparently an issue that just won't die.  You would think, by now, people would realize that if you put something on the web, people can link to it.  If you don't want them to link to it …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The ultimate revenge?  Novell's Allison to join Google  —  The word is out: Lead Samba developer Jeremy Allison has quit Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell alliance, unveiled on November 1.  What isn't widely known, at least so far, is that Allison is joining Microsoft rival Google.
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Chris Winfield / 10e20:
And the List of Domains Ditched by Digg Keeps Growing  —  Yesterday, Lee Odden posted about his blog being banned from Digg.  A few of his stories were submitted and his domain was basically labeled as spam.  The result - a lifetime banning from Digg.  Don't pass Go, don't collect $200 - go straight to the Digg Jail.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Flip.com Launches - But Only for Girls  —  Normally the beta testers of new social networks are tech pundits, journalists, bloggers and developers.  But that's not the case with Conde Nast's new social network Flip.com, which has invited 200,000 girls to participate in a beta launch this week.
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Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Linkedin gets down to business
kottke.org:
Real men Wii standing up  —  Browsing the various Nintendo Wii forums around the web, I've noticed more and more people pratically bragging that they play the Wii sitting down, flicking their wrists instead of the beautiful and healthful full-body motion that nature intended.
Discussion: Joystiq, You NEWB and dailywireless.org
CPaladino / Gamerscore Blog:
Getting Gears of War Soon?  Newbies Listen Up!  —  If you are receiving Gears of War as a present this holiday season, the fact that other people have been playing online for a few months could be intimidating.  —  I wanted to give a few tips to the newbs/newbies/n00bs that I've picked up through my matches online.
Discussion: Kotaku and Clickable Culture
the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
New report of a Windows vulnerability  —  As usual the holiday season is a busy time for everyone including those of us here in the MSRC.  I hope that everyone has finished their holiday shopping so they can enjoy the long weekend.  This is Mike Reavey by the way in case anyone was wondering.
Discussion: M-Dollar
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.
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft offers Vista free to CES exhibitors  —  Exhibitors may not want to use Vista, as the applications they are showing off in their booth may not be compatible with the new OS  —  Microsoft is apparently looking to get some free advertising for Windows Vista before the OS's official consumer release on Jan. 30.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Microsoft reiterates interest in Zune gaming  —  It's a long way from a portable Xbox (others' best efforts notwithstanding) but it looks like Microsoft has at least one form of portable gaming in mind if this latest word from the company's European Chief Chris Lewis is any indication.
Discussion: Joystiq, Neowin.net and Kotaku
Eric Case / Google Code:
Programs crashing?  Airbag helps you practice "safe hex"  —  Post by Brian Ryner and Mark Mentovai, Google Software Engineers  —  Every program, open source or not, has to cope with crashes - it's just an unfortunate fact of life.  Software developers hate crashes and dream about eradicating them …
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
AMD's 65nm L2 cache looks to be slower  —  After we published our first look at AMD's 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors yesterday, some of you raised questions about funky performance numbers you'd seen from these 65nm CPUs at other sites.  We focused on power consumption and overclocking …
Discussion: TechSpot, digg and Slashdot
ongoing:
JSON and XML  —  I hear people saying "JSON is great, XML is over", but I don't hear XML partisans saying anything bad about JSON.  There are two arguments that are over, though.  —  It seems to me that the great thing about JSON is that it exists for one purpose: to put structs on the wire.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Blip.tv Hosting New Amanda Congdon Show
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Clipboard Data Theft Optional In IE 7
Discussion: Slashdot
Karl / Techdirt:
FCC Blames Your Town For The Uncompetitive TV Market The FCC Helped Create
Ken Camp / Realtime Community:
The Absence of Presence  —  Alec Saunders wrote a deep, thoughtful post the other day.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and ALLIED
John Blau / PC Advisor:
French will go it alone with Quaero project
Discussion: HipMojo.com and 10e20
APC:
Microsoft fights Gmail in the workplace