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2:55 PM ET, November 7, 2006

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Robert Levine / New York Times:
Microsoft Moves Into Video Download Fray  —  Owners of Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console will soon be able to watch science fiction epics as well as play them.  —  Microsoft said tonight that it would offer movies and episodes of television shows for download through its Xbox Live online service …
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Xbox 360 Teams With CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, UFC and Warner Bros.  Home Entertainment to Digitally Deliver TV Shows and Movies to Gamers  —  Xbox 360 will become first gaming console to offer downloads of over 1,000 hours of TV shows such as "CSI," …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox Live Video hands-on  —  We snagged a few shots of Microsoft's new Xbox Live Video HDTV and HD movie download platform tonight.  There isn't a whole lot to say since there was essentially zero mystery excepting seeing the actual XBL interface in person, but you should still click …
Discussion: Joystiq, Zatz Not Funny and I4U News
Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Hard Drive Leaked at 70+ Gigs?
Discussion: Kotaku, CNNMoney.com and digg
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:   Rent or buy movies through your Xbox
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Microsoft Adds Movie, TV Downloads To Xbox Live Marketplace …
Frank Hecker:
Adobe, Mozilla, and Tamarin  —  By now the press release has gone out announcing Adobe's contribution to the Mozilla project of open source code for their ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM2), and Brendan has blogged about it.  I'm not directly involved with the project itself but have spent …
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Barnett Takes 2nd Turn vs. Google  —  NEW YORK Jim Barnett knows the perils of competing with Google.  He saw firsthand how the company's mastery of search vanquished early leaders like AltaVista (where he was CEO) and Excite.  —  Now, he's striving to take on Google in the online advertising realm …
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Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AdBrite Marries User Behavior to Demographic Data
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Turn to target ads automatically
Discussion: Tech Beat and Global Nerdy
USA Today:
Technology troubles set off tantrums, tears and tirades  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Jesse Berrett thought he was getting a bargain when he ordered high-speed Internet and phone service from his Internet service provider in September.  —  What he got instead was customer-support hell.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Tech Rage Or Bad Customer Service Rage?
Discussion: Tech_Space and eLegal Canton
Reuters:
Verizon near content deal with YouTube: WSJ  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc., the No. 2 U.S. telecommunications company, is in advanced talks with YouTube Inc. to bring the Web site's videos to cellphones and television sets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Discussion: GigaOM, Mathew Ingram and PVR Wire
BBC:
Zune problems for MSN customers  —  People who have bought music from Microsoft's MSN Music store could face problems if they decide to buy the firm's new Zune portable player.  —  Microsoft has said it will stop selling music from MSN music from 14 November, when Zune goes on sale in the US.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs: Windows XP at 75 MPH  —  Ultra-portable XP devices have been getting a whole lot of interesting lately.  Now Samsung just upped the ante with this — the SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs — at the Mobile WiMax Summit 2006 in South Korea.
Time:
YOUTUBE  —  Meet Peter.  Peter is a 79-year-old English retiree.  Back in WW II he served as a radar technician.  He is now an international star.  —  One year ago, this would not have been possible, but the world has changed.  In the past 12 months, thousands of ordinary people have become famous.
Real-Time Clock / Real-Time Society:
The Proposal to Control Net Access  —  Senator Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG) is the responsible for a bill that will end with Internet privacy and anonymity altogether.  This bill, if passed into law, will require every ISP to store each connection performed by a user for at least 3 years.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Business Wire:
Dell Notebooks Deliver New Level of Value for Consumers, Small Businesses  —  Dell Adds Inspiron 1501, Latitude 131L to Its Award-Winning Line of Notebooks  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Just in time for the holidays, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) today announced the Inspiron™ 1501 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Tech Report and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Text Link Ads Gets Bought by MediaWhiz  —  New Yorks' Media Whiz advertising firm has acquired Cincinati's Text Link Ads.  The deal was announced this morning, but the financial details aren't being disclosed.  —  Text Link Ads typically sells small text ads for a fixed monthly rate, not pay per click.
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Delete Your Bad Web Rep  —  The mistakes you make on the internet can live forever — unless you hire somebody to clean up after you.  —  A new startup, ReputationDefender, will act on your behalf by contacting data hosting services and requesting the removal of any materials that threaten your good social standing.
Discussion: Web 2.0 Television
Simon Hayes / NEWS.com.au:
Piracy stats don't add up  —  PIRACY statistics are labelled "self-serving hyperbole" in a draft government report.  —  A confidential briefing for the Attorney-General's Department, prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology, lashes the music and software sectors.
Gamasutra:
A Tough Nut To Karrak: Sony's New PR Boss Talks PlayStation 3 Plans  —  Dave Karraker, new senior director of corporate communications for Sony, didn't take this job at an easy time.  Signing up with the company just a week before the Tokyo Game Show, he's arrived in the middle of a console launch ramp-up …
 
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