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4:30 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.
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
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.
Discussion: digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii setup and interface walkthrough video
Discussion: 4 color rebellion
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Sell Xbox 360 for $100?
Discussion: Kotaku, CrunchGear and digg
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, and more.  This was launched by a startup called Goowy …
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
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 …
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.
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
Revenge of the Smart Playlist: 5 tricks for packrats & power users  —  The success of yesterday's post on the basics of Smart Playlists makes me think you might enjoy seeing a few more.  So, today I want to show you how to get control of a very large iTunes library — to save space by getting rid …
Discussion: digg
PS3 Campers Removed From Burbank Best Buy  —  Mr. Andrews and I made a little road trip north today to check out the Best Buy PlayStation 3 line of insanity—you know, the line of dudes queueing up eleven days in advance?  After hearing rumblings that the camping crowd had been dispersed, we had to see what was up.
Discussion: I4U News, You NEWB and digg
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Web 2.0 Short-Sellers' List  —  Say, just for the sake of argument, that Web 2.0 is a bubble.  If so, and assuming it one day pops, what public companies get hurt?  I mishandled a variant of that question last night on CNBC, so I'm looking for better ideas.  —  Some candidates:  — Google.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
AMD's 4x4 setup to start at "about $1000"  —  Over the last few months, we've enjoyed snippets of information about AMD's new 4x4 platform, but until today we didn't know the speed of the chips, nor their prices.  TG Daily just got all the info from a company event in Munich …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 2.0 Summit Wrap-up  —  Read/WriteWeb's Web 2.0 Summit coverage sponsored by Yahoo!  —  It's the end of a hectic week of conference-going for your R/WW correspondent - and so time for a wrap-up of my thoughts on the Web 2.0 Summit.  Firstly, my overriding feeling is that this year's conference was a lot different from last year's.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Yahoo planning a 180 on Yahoo 360  —  Yahoo co-founder David Filo, who rarely gets in front of a conference crowd, chatted with John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit, aided by Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo vice president of product strategy.  Filo is the product focused half of the founding duo.
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