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8:40 PM ET, November 9, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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?)
Discussion: Between the Lines and Ubergizmo
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Google Sued Over Google Video... Details Missing
Paul Marks / NewScientistTech:
ISPs 'should be responsible' for hacker attacks  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) should be made legally liable for the damage caused by "denial of service" (DoS) attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.  —  A DoS attack involves taking down a website …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ReviewMe Launches: A Better PayPerPost  —  ReviewMe, which is a PayPerPost-like service that pays bloggers to write about advertisers' products, just launched moments ago.  The company is backed by TechCrunch-sponsor Text-Link-Ads, which was recently acquired.  —  ReviewMe has a somewhat different model that PayPerPost.
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 …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista system sounds  —  When Robert Fripp worked his magic on Windows Vista, everyone knew Vista is going to sound different and hopefully better.  Now that Vista is literally peeking around the corner, not that it's possible for a software to peek or even exist in the physical world …
Discussion: Download Squad
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
EULA La Vista, Baby
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".
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Say Hello To The Vapor Billionaires
David Needle /
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 …
More than Half of Top 25 U.S. Web Properties Generate More Traffic from Outside the U.S. than from Within  —  Lion's Share of Visitors to Top 5 U.S. Web Properties - Yahoo!, Time Warner, Microsoft, Google and eBay - Come from Outside the U.S.  —  comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age …
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 …
Evan Brown /
Open source withstands antitrust scrutiny  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued an opinion in which Judge Easterbrook declares, "[t]he GPL and open-source have nothing to fear from the antitrust laws."  The case is called Wallace v. IBM., No. 06-2454.  [Download a copy of the opinion.]
Discussion: Techdirt, Open Sources and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Single Ajax Interface For Yahoo Mail & IM Coming  —  This morning Yahoo will announce that they will integrate an Ajax version of Yahoo Instant Messaging directly into the new Yahoo Mail beta.  Unlike Google's integration of Google Talk with Gmail earlier this year, Yahoo is combining the products into a single interface.
Discussion: Bokardo and Monkey Bites
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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