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12:30 AM ET, December 17, 2007

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New York Times:
Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft  —  A CEREBRAL computer-scientist-turned-executive, Eric E. Schmidt has spent much of his career competing uphill against Microsoft, quietly watching it outflank, outmaneuver or simply outgun most of its rivals.  —  At Sun Microsystems …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft in Denial: Google Threat is Classic Disruption  —  To understand why Google is such a threat to Microsoft—and why Microsoft's pooh-poohing of this threat is, at best, a smokescreen—you need to understand how technology disruption works.  —  Disruptive technologies do not destroy existing market leaders overnight.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Google vs. Microsoft = Microsoft vs IBM 30 years ago
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Amazon removes the database scaling wall
Discussion: A VC, The Stalwart and Scobleizer
Nick / Rough Type:
Falling walls  —  The tipping point approaches.
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
Google Sneaks up on Identity Management  —  Another part of Google's master plan has quietly debuted on a couple of their sites: Google Profiles.  Most easily accessed at the moment through Google Maps (look for the "My Profile" link in the top menubar if you're logged in to a Google account) …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Profiles  —  They're coming and it will be difficult to get away without having one.  Google Profiles will be integrated in most Google services so you have a coherent identity and a simple way to manage your contacts.  —  "A Google Profile is simply how you represent yourself on Google products …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Photographer takes down Bubble 2.0 fun  —  Recently I posted Bubble 2.0, the video, a very funny song by Richter Scales.  However, if you click the YouTube link now you'll find it's no longer available.  It's been taken down by YouTube because a photographer, Lane Hartwell …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Misunderstanding Copyright Law And Ruining Everyone's Fun
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Is All About Large Amounts of Data  —  In a very interesting interview from October, Google's VP Marissa Mayer confessed that having access to large amounts of data is in many instances more important than creating great algorithms. … Marissa Mayer admitted that the main reason …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wikia's Got A Truck Full of Servers — 1,000 To Be Exact!  —  Over the past week, one of the messages on the Wikia search mailing list I am on asked for an update on the Wikia search project.  To which Jimmy Wales replied with, "On track, we are hard at work right now..." and displayed the image below.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Dash Express finally shipping  —  I've been following the Dash Express — the "flocking" GPS device that tells other Dash devices in its vicinity about traffic problems and can connect to WiFi to look up addresses — for over a year now and every time I've met with them they've been pushing back the ship date.
Discussion: GigaOM and Ubergizmo
evhead:
Will it fly?  How to Evaluate a New Product Idea  —  I've been thinking about a number of new product ideas lately.  In doing so, I've been trying to come up with a way more structured way of evaluating them.  Here's a first attempt at defining that.  It's not as clear as I'd like it to be.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth  —  This is interesting.  It's almost like an old-fashioned whodunit - but this time it's the console doing the killing.  Some staff at Morrisville State College were noticing a lot of interference in certain places resulting in trouble syncing their Bluetooth headsets.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Woz Wants YOU to Play Segway Polo  —  We tuned in for Woz's grand Segway polo match today.  Aside from the simultaneously eerie and warm feeling we got from Steve Wozniak's shirt bearing a striking resemblance to our old high school's band booster wear, we weren't able enjoy much of the very short broadcast of the match.
Discussion: Out of the Box
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Your Gmail Contacts in orkut  —  It's not clear whether the fact that Gmail automatically adds to the address book all the people you've ever sent messages makes it irrelevant or comprehensive.  It's not clear whether orkut will ever become a respected social network in other places than Brazil and India.
Discussion: orkut Blog
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Teen's weed usage nets dad $9,000 for Guitar Hero III  —  You come home from work to find your teenaged son smoking pot with his loser friends in your back yard.  Do you a) Lecture him about how marijuana's a gateway drug and will turn him into a smelly hippy? b) Dismiss the dope usage to teenage experimentation?
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Battle of the next-gen: FireWire S3200 versus USB 3  —  The IEEE 1394 Trade Association has announced a new FireWire specification that the group claims is capable of delivering up to 3.2Gb per second of throughput.  The new interface (officially known as S3200) is directly based upon …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sixty years ago today: transistors — and modern electronics — were born  —  Like transistors?  You must — you're using a few million (or billion) right now just reading this sentence.  But it's actually difficult to overstate the transistor's importance since its invention exactly 60 years ago today …
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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Personas for Firefox
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Add more power to 10.5's screen sharing
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacUser and Digg
Jack / Twitter Blog:
T-Mobile + Twitter  —  We've been tracking a missed connection …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Surviving the 2008 recession
Discussion: Robin Good and TechWag