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12:30 AM ET, November 15, 2006


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Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft sees Zune as just opening act  —  Microsoft doesn't expect the Zune to knock the iPod off the stage, but it is counting on the new music player to at least get the company on the playbill.  —  Microsoft's $250 music player, which goes on sale Tuesday, is the first music player …
Discussion: I4U News and TechSpot
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The Zune of Steve's eye  —  I met with the people doing the Zune at Microsoft in the summer of 2004, when podcasting was gaining traction (in Seattle no less), but wasn't showing on their radar yet.  I explained how they could make their device a perfect podcast client.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:   Microsoft to Pay Per-Processor License on Zune
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
From Rocketboom to ABC  —  Video blogger Amanda Congdon is the latest "cewebrity" to jump to mainstream media; an industry is forming to help others follow her lead  —  Internet celebrity Amanda Congdon just finished broadcasting her cross-country relocation from New York to L.A. on the World Wide Web.
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog, digg and Slashdot
Startup hits the money with biz wiki  —  Ray King hasn't had a home run yet.  But investors in his newest venture, AboutUs Inc., think King could be building the next Google.  —  King's Portland company has just closed a $1 million initial financing round for its wiki …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AboutUs: A Wiki About Every Website
Discussion: CenterNetworks and alarm:clock
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
It's true: The Zune is incompatible with Vista  —  I really couldn't believe the tip a reader sent in earlier this month that Microsoft's Zune MP3 player would be incompatible with Windows Vista.  —  I had heard the Windows Media Player DRM and the Zune DRM were not going to be compatible.
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Zune incompatible with Windows Vista
Game On!  Dell Gaming Gets More Extreme  —  New Quad-Core Dell XPS 710 Gaming Desktop and 92% Color Gamut 30-inch Monitor Make for Intense Entertainment Experience  —  Dell today announced two new high-performance technology platforms for gamers and enthusiasts: the company's most powerful …
Elise Ackerman /
Study finds Web isn't teeming with sex  —  ANALYSIS SHOWS ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF ALL PAGES HAVE ADULT CONTENT  —  A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Micrsoft's giant Internet indexes showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material.
Mario Librandi / AmandaAcrossAmerica:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT  —  the news is out!  —  music: Adhesion - Opus Magnus - track 2 "Bank Holiday"
Discussion: Valleywag and ClickZ News Blog
Google Closes Acquisition of YouTube  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has closed its acquisition of YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos.  In connection with the acquisition Google issued an aggregate of 3,217,560 shares …
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Ruthless enough for a startup?  —  I have been reading about how several successful startups — Facebook, MySpace, BitTorrent, YouTube, Skype, and HotOrNot — fueled their early growth that lead to their success.  —  In all the cases, these startups did things that I probably would not have been willing to do.
Dennis Rice /
Lenovo x60 ThinkPad Tablet PC InkShow Exclusive Interview on GottaBeMobile!  —  Well, we are pretty excited at GottaBeMobile, and we have got some great exclusive video for you!  If you have been following our site for the last week or so, you may have seen several references to a secret mission …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Put Any YouTube Video On Your iPod  —  There is a ton of good content on YouTube, but copyright infringement claims and DMCA take-down notices mean that any given video can disappear at any time.  Having a local copy of the video means you won't lose access if YouTube removes the video from their site.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Frank Barnako:
Big blogger show set for Vegas  —  The first BlogWorld and New Media Expo is be held next year, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  "The event will combine elements of the corporate communications world with the needs of active, individual bloggers," according to a release announcing the show.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Coming Soon via Your TiVo: Internet Video on Television  —  TiVo plans to introduce features that will allow people to use its digital video recorders to watch some video programming from the Internet on their televisions.  —  Until now, TiVo has not been able to tap into the explosion of Web video …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
DRM Dumpster automates the DRM stripping process  —  By now, most people who buy music from the iTunes Store know that one of the ways to legally get around the DRM restrictions on your purchased music is to burn a CD of that music and then rip that CD back into iTunes as unrestricted MP3 files.
Discussion: Lifehacker, .:UNEASYsilence:. and digg
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Report Murdoch Says MySpace Worth $6 Billion; Sees 200 Million Users By Mid-2007
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon (may be) For Sale: $50 million
Discussion: Lifehacker
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The Road to the Semantic Web
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Big In Japan Open Sources RSS Tools, ElfURL
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo confirms DVD-enabled Wii in '07
Discussion: GameDaily, CrunchGear, Kotaku and digg
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Apple's iPhone is Calling
Discussion: IP Democracy
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Patches 9 Security Holes
Discussion: and
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
IBM's chief steps into 'Second Life' for incubator launch
 Earlier Items: 
PR Newswire:
On Heels of FTC Action, Microsoft Files Suit Against Creators …
Frank Barnako:
'Daily Show' for stocks completes first month
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Wade Coleman / VentureBeat:
China investment bubble? Maybe not
Discussion: VC Ratings and Net
Destiny / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Nick Douglas Speaks
Ground-Breaking 100 Gigabit Ethernet Demonstration Across 4,000 Km Live Network
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Report: Firefox 2.0 Trumps IE7 In Phish-Fighting
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC News launches video podcasts
Discussion: PVR Wire and CrunchGear
USA Today:
Cable's cellphone service gets in gear