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9:20 PM ET, November 11, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Checkout Rolling Out Features and Waiving Fees  —  Google seems to be pretty serious about their little PayPal killer, and is releasing a steady stream of new features that appear to be addressing merchant needs.  This is a product that we've been using steadily since launch to bill event sponsors.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Checkout ready to go international?  —  Since I live in Canada, purchasing or selling items on Google Checkout is not an option.  I really wanted to check out the new "email invoice" feature they just announced today, but I'm unable to sign up as a seller.
Discussion: Cost Per News
Marianna / Official Google Checkout Blog:   New feature: Email invoices
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
ReviewMe Creates a Currency and Marketplace for Buying Influence  —  SPONSORED BY REVIEWME  —  I'm being paid $125 to write about ReviewMe (half of what ReviewMe charges for a review on Publishing 2.0).  I would have written about ReviewMe anyway, but it's certainly nice to get paid.
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Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
You could win $62.50 if you comment on this post  —  What you are reading here is a sponsored review.  I'm getting paid $125 to post it.  The pay-for-blog-posting service that is paying me $125 for this review is called ReviewMe and I just registered on their site to see what a posted review here on the rexblog is worth.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 vs. Wii  —  Well, here we are. 2006, and perhaps the last console launch of the decade.  And here they are, all decked out n' pretty.  Go ahead, debate it.  Just be nice, ok?  At the end of the day the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, they're only video game consoles, and we love our babies the same.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii setup and interface walkthrough video
Discussion: 4 color rebellion
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Essential tools for the placeless office  —  Us Lifehacker editors have never been in the same room at once, yet we work together every weekday from 5 different cities across 2 time zones.  If your team is distributed across vast distances like we are, you need to set up shop …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The YourMinis Do-It-All Flash Homepage  —  YourMinis is a Flash-based customizable homepage product that will compete for users with a number of similar products that use Ajax - Netvibes, Pageflakes, Google, Live.com and more.  This was launched by a startup called Goowy …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
LimeWire to filter out Adobe products  —  LimeWire today announced on the company blog that from now on they will be filtering out Adobe products like Photoshop that are distributed illegally over P2P networks that LimeWire hooks into.  —  This move is part of a "continuing effort to work …
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Web 2.0  —  I guess everyone who went to the web 2.0 conference this week (I couldn't make it due to a board conflict) knows this but I just found out about it and I love it so much I want to blog about it.  —  First Round Capital hacked the web 2.0 conference.  —  Josh Kopelman tells how they did it here:
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Harrison's PS3 Launch Day Scrap Book  —  Lord knows Ashcraft has been working his ass off in Japan over the past 24-hours hustling between stores, documenting controlled riots, picking on homeless men.  He even managed to pick up a PS3 for himself through a pre-order.
Kotaku:
360 HD-DVD Impressions  —  I'm not a video snob.  When I first got my big-ass high-def television I really wasn't that impressed.  The non HD signal looked like crap and the HD stuff looked OK, but it didn't make my eyes bleed.  I guess I heard one too many people tell me that an HD picture looks 3D.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii hands-on, unboxing!  —  We just got our Wii in the mail, so let's get started, shall we?  We won't clutter this experience with a whole lot of words, but we can tell you we'll be bringing plenty more Wii coverage in the next few hours, so stay tuned!  —  P.S. -For the highest quality images here …
Discussion: I4U News
AppleInsider:
Disney sells nearly a half million films through iTunes  —  Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it has sold nearly a half million films through Apple Computer's iTunes store since announcing the distribution deal a little less than two months ago.  —  The sales figure, which amounts …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 dissected, drive upgraded  —  Being that the units are already popping up in Japan , it should come as little surprise that the PlayStation 3 has been cracked open and laid bare for all to see (sorry everybody, we pinky swore we wouldn't tear ours apart for your amusement).
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
P.Pod DAP brings da noise at 256MB for $27  —  We're not sure if the P.Pod has secured the endorsement of P.Diddy or the Pea Growers Association of America, but nevertheless, this DAP is likely to draw the ire of Apple for the use of the word "pod."  The P.Pod holds 256MB worth of tunes …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
 
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
AMD's 4x4 setup to start at "about $1000"
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Gears of War has 'zero innovation', says EA exec
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PS3 Campers Removed From Burbank Best Buy
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Yahoo planning a 180 on Yahoo 360  —  Yahoo co-founder David Filo …
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