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2:15 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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David Pogue / New York Times:
Trying Out the Zune: IPod It's Not  —  Microsoft is probably the greenest company in all of high tech.  Not green in the environmental sense — green with envy.  —  Microsoft is so jealous of the iPod's success that Tuesday it will unveil a new music system — pocket player …
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.
Michael Gartenberg:
Can't Buy Me Love (or can you?) - Universal Gets Paid for Zune
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor and I4U News
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Universal to Get Share of Zune Sales
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
EULA La Vista, Baby  —  There have been a lot of concerns about the end-user license agreement for Windows Vista.  For instance, once you agree to the license you are not allowed to publish benchmark results without Microsoft's permission, and you can't install Vista on a virtual machine unless you shell out for the pricier version.
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Network World:
Dell customer gets Windows refund
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Vista RTM Screenshot Galleries
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
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 …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Ask and Microsoft talk about challenging Google
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Q&A: Fox Interactive's Ross Levinsohn  —  GOOGLE TIES, GROWTH OVERSEAS ON THE MENU  —  Fox Interactive Media — the digital division of News Corp. formed last summer when it acquired the popular Web site MySpace — has mushroomed under President Ross Levinsohn, 43, formerly president of Fox Sports Interactive Media.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
MySpace founders shortchanged, Yahoo's binge over, Timebridge, Mashery, FON, Workday
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.
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift
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.
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".
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 …
John R. Quain / New York Times:
A Wi-Fi Express Lane  —  IT'S axiomatic in the computer world that nothing is ever fast enough.  And so it goes with popular wireless Wi-Fi networks, which already seem overcrowded and slow.  The growing interest in video sites like YouTube and streaming TV programs online has served to underscore the problem.
Discussion: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Networking News
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.
Discussion: Monkey Bites, TechBlog and digg
Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
G80: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX  —  DirectX 10 and Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system have been looming on the technological horizon for some time now.  Although the two aren't going to be available until next year, many hardware enthusiasts have decided to save up in readiness …
Discussion: Engadget, digg and Slashdot
Gizmodo:
Linksys Dual Mode Phone for Yahoo Messenger Unboxing and Grope  —  The thought of sticking it to Ma Bell and making free phone calls from our PC fills us with joy, so it's no wonder we welcomed Linksys' new phone with open arms.  The CIT310 is a cordless phone that lets you make free PC …
Newlaunches.com:
Sharp MP-E200 / MP-E300 DAP  —  Sharp Japan has announced the MP-E200 / E300 MP3 players which are an upgrade to the B-200 and 300 announced in May this year.  Except for the onboard memory 512MB and 1GB both the models share the same features.  The players support MP3, AAC, WMA and WMA DRM10 formats.
Discussion: Anything But iPod and Ubergizmo
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Launches AdWords Diagnostic Tool With Magnifying Glass  —  Google began testing the Magnifying Glass Feature in the Diagnostic Tool in mid October, but it appears to now be live in all AdWords accounts now.  Here is a screen shot on one of my sample campaigns, of the tool in action.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Boing Boing and Slashdot Pick up on Flickr's Attempt to Patent Interestingness  —  [I am the Evangelist and CEO for Zooomr]  —  Boing Boing: Flickr files a patent for "interestingness" Well a few weeks back I posted on Yahoo's attempt to patent interestingness after reading a notice …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Slashdot
 
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Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
Web 2.0 Walks on the Wild Side
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A new face for 3.0  —  Firstly, a quick introduction.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
America's Laziest Man?
Discussion: New Media Musings
Michael J. Copps / Washington Post:
America's Internet Disconnect
Discussion: Techdirt and Public Knowledge
Scott Kessler / Business Week:
Old Media and New Media: Friends, Not Foes
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