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5:30 PM ET, November 9, 2006

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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Strikes Deal for Music  —  In a rare move, Microsoft said yesterday that it had agreed to pay a percentage of the sales of its new portable media player to the Universal Music Group.  —  Universal Music, a unit of Vivendi, will receive a royalty on the Zune player in exchange …
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Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Microsoft's Zune Challenges iPod  —  Next week, Microsoft Corp. will launch the most serious challenge ever mounted to Apple Computer's iPod and iTunes juggernaut in digital music.  The software giant is introducing a portable player called the Zune, an online music store called Zune Marketplace …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft, Zune & The Music Mafia  —  The New York Times reports that Microsoft has cut a deal with Universal Music Group which will allow the music giant to get a percentage of the sale of its upcoming digital music player, Zune.  The report says that the amount being paid to UMG is going to be at least $1 per $250 device.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
On Universal Music Group's Zune Tax  —  The New York Times reported late last night and the press release has just gone out about a deal between Universal Music Group and Microsoft concerning the Zune.  Microsoft will pay Universal more than $1 for every $250 Zune that is sold.  (Or is that $251?)
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Start-Ups, Web Success on the Cheap  —  When Seth J. Sternberg and two colleagues started Meebo, a Web-based instant-messaging service, they didn't go looking for venture capitalists.  Using their credit cards, they financed the company themselves to the tune of $2,000 apiece.
David Kushner / Rolling Stone:
The Baby Billionaires of Silicon Valley  —  The Internet's new boom kids are poised to take over the world — if they don't crash first  —  >> Think you've got the chops to make it big?  Get your brag on and see what other readers are saying about the Web 2.0 elite.  —  Did someone order a lap dance?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Valleywag
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Mike / Techdirt:
Say Hello To The Vapor Billionaires
Editor and Publisher:
Google's Web Video Service Sued  —  SAN FRANCISCO Google Inc.'s online video service has been sued for copyright infringement, providing a possible preview of the legal trouble that may plague the Internet search leader after it takes over YouTube Inc. and its library of pirated clips, the company said Wednesday.
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense launches new channel targeting feature for advertisers  —  If you log into your AdSense account today and go through the process of adding a new custom channel, you will now see a checkbox underneath the field you enter your channel name into, stating "Targeting: Show this channel to advertisers as an ad placement".
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fiercevoip.com:
And the winners are:  —  After deep thought, long and careful deliberations, numerous trips to the coffee pot, three bottles of Visine and an absolute minimum of coin-flipping, I am delighted to present the 2006 Fierce 15.  —  This list, as any such list must be, is subjective …
David Needle / internetnews.com:
Google Wears a Bullseye At Web 2.0  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The second day of the Web 2.0 Summit featured some of the Internet's heaviest hitters talking strategy, new products and how to compete with search king Google, one of several sponsors of the event.  —  "There is immense opportunity …
Duncan / Skype Blogs:
A new face for 3.0  —  Firstly, a quick introduction.  My name is Duncan and I'm an interaction designer here at Skype.  I get to work with all kinds of interesting people, dreaming up new ways to make Skype useful, fun and usable.  Making Skype easy to use is something we take very seriously.
Discussion: GigaOM, VoIP Watch and 21talks
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Jaanus / Skype Blogs:
Introducing Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows
Juan Carlos Perez / Network World:
WEB 2.0: Google CEO: Take your data and run  —  Google wants to make the information it stores for its users easily portable so they can export it to a competing service if they are dissatisfied, the company's CEO said Tuesday.  —  Making it simple for users to walk away from a Google service …
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
A factory of one's own  —  According to MIT's Neil Gershenfeld, the digital revolution is over, and the good guys won.  The next big change will be about manufacturing.  Anyone with a PC will be able to build anything just by hitting 'print.'  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Imagine a machine with the ability to manufacture anything.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google Accidentally Sends Out Kama Sutra Worm  —  Staffers mistakenly e-mail the virus to subscribers of the Video Blog mailing list.  —  Google accidentally sent out e-mail containing a mass mailing worm to about 50,000 members of an e-mail discussion list focused on its Google Video Blog, the company said Tuesday.
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