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12:50 AM ET, November 10, 2006

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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 …
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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 …
BetaNews:
Allchin Suggests Vista Won't Need Antivirus  —  During a telephone conference with reporters yesterday, outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system's …
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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 …
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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Google Sued Over Google Video... Details Missing
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
10K Watch: Google Amends YouTube Deal Subtly; Could Be For Upfront Content Payoffs
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 …
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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?)
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Copyright eased for clips offered by Grouper  —  Film clips featuring stars such as Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz can now be shared online without violating copyright law.  —  Grouper.com, acquired last August by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is offering snippets from 100 Sony films …
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.
comScore:
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 …
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 …
Valleywag:
Scoop: Weblogs Inc. owners sell Blogsmith to AOL  —  The founders of the Weblogs Inc. Network sold their Blogsmith blogging platform to AOL (who bought WIN in 2005) last week, according to founder Jason Calacanis.  Sounds like AOL paid $4-5 million.  The deal wasn't public until now.
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Alvey, Calacanis Sell Blogsmith To AOL; Cuban Had Stake
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 …
Kevin / Zimbra - Blog:
Taking Zimbra Offline  —  Zimbra users have been asking for how they can take the Zimbra AJAX UI offline.  Today at Web 2.0 we demo'd this for the first time.  —  The design goal is to have the same user experience with Zimbra both online and offline.  Technically the Zimbra Offline client …
Evan Brown / InternetCases.com:
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.]
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike makes move on music, video and now mobile media: Buys Fotodunk
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CNET News.com:
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Justin / Justinsomnia:
Lou Reed 2.0  —  Jonathan Miller, CEO of AOL, introduces Lou Reed …
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Anything But iPod:
Toshiba Pala-Chan Whale MP3 Player
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Public chats and chat improvements
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites:
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Paul Tulloch / Wired News:
Supercomputing's Next Revolution
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: Techdirt
Kotaku:
Live In Japan? Want A PS3? Read This
Discussion: The Tech Report and I4U News
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google Accidentally Sends Out Kama Sutra Worm
Discussion: Monkey Bites, TechBlog and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Single Ajax Interface For Yahoo Mail & IM Coming
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Bokardo
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense launches new channel targeting feature for advertisers
Discussion: AdJab