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3:30 AM ET, December 10, 2007

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
R.I.P. Marc Orchant, 1957-2007  —  It breaks my heart to report that Marc Orchant passed away today, after being hospitalized since suffering a massive heart attack exactly one week ago.  Sue Orchant sent this message this morning: … Marc's colleague Oliver Starr, who has helped keep …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Pens a Deal with Universal Music.  Now Has All the Majors.  —  Ad-supported music streaming is now officially legit.  Music social network imeem has inked a deal with the fourth and final major label, Universal Music Group, to make its entire digital catalog available for free to imeem members.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Universal Music Signs With Free Music Site imeem  —  Universal Music Group has signed on with imeem, the free music site/social network.  The UMG deal means that imeem now has deals with all four major music labels, making it the only ad-supported music site to do so.
Discussion: paidContent.org and A VC
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Robert Scoble doesn't understand enterprise software  —  Before saying a word, let me state that in my few dealings with famed uber-geek blogger, Robert Scoble, I've found him to be a great guy and I like him.  Having said that, let's address the issue: Scoble asks his readers about enterprise software …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Misunderstanding enterprise software  —  In a post titled "Robert Scoble doesn't understand enterprise software," ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman lays in to Scoble for having the temerity to ask why business applications can't be redesigned to be more like consumer applications - fun, friendly, even "sexy."
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why enterprise software isn't sexy
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Fark.com trying to get trademark on "Not Safe For Work"  —  Abbreviations, acronyms, and memes fall in and out of fashion on the Internet all of the time.  Today's "I can has cheeseburger?" is often tomorrow's "All your base are belong to us."  Some stand the test of time, including phrases like …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Facebook Beacon attracts disdain, not dollars  —  I have been watching the uproar over Facebook Beacon over the last couple weeks with some amusement.  —  The system was intended to aggregate purchase histories from some online retailers, a poorly thought out attempt to deal with the lack …
Robert Sanzalone / blognation:
Zooomr - Conquering The World (From Japan)  —  Kristopher Tate is a known entity in the Web 2.0 world.  Both he and his startup Zooomr are frequently covered in Techcrunch, Mashable and many, many other blogs.  While most articles have focussed on his age (he's 20), the part which seems …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn: No NWS News.  But Plenty Of New Features  —  Still no update on LinkedIn's possible deal/non-deal with News Corp. (NWS).  To remind you of where we stand: Late last month LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye told Fortune that Rupert Murdoch's company had approached them about a deal.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near  —  LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web.  —  As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Paid Content on the Web Is Not Impossible, But It's Hard  —  The case for why publishers should be able to charge for content on the web always revolves around the exceptions that prove the rule, e.g. Consumer Report and WSJ — which, let's be honest, are the same examples everyone was using back in 1998.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Success without ads
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Last.fm Powered Music Section  —  The music section is a beta release, but it already looks very promising.  It allows you to discover new artists based on hundreds of genres or tags.  —  True to the p2p nature of the site, The Pirate Bay uses the last.fm API to collect their data.
Discussion: The Pirate Bay and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twice Shy Entrepreneur  —  Silicon Valley these days is made up of two kinds of entrepreneurs (I'm painting with broad strokes, bear with me).  The first group is the old guard.  These are people who started companies during the late nineties and up until the 2000 stock market crash.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
ASUS Calms the Fears of Eee PC Owners with Warranty Update  —  Upgrading the Eee PCs memory will no longer result in warranty invalidation  —  Eee PC users can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to recent actions taken by ASUS.  Up until this point, Eee PC users have been faced with the prospect …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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