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1:20 AM ET, November 15, 2006

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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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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
AppleInsider:
Zune incompatible with Windows Vista
Discussion: zune.net
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:   Microsoft to Pay Per-Processor License on Zune
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Quintura Search Engine gets backing from the early Skype investor  —  Written by Alex Iskold and will be edited by Richard MacManus when he returns from the Web 2.0 summit.  —  We have received the news that Russia-based Quintura Search Engine has received substantial backing …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Road to the Semantic Web
Discussion: SearchViews and Frederick Giasson
Google:
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 …
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google holds back stock in YouTube deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. as a financial cushion to cover losses or possible legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on YouTube's video-sharing site.
bizjournals:
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AboutUs: A Wiki About Every Website
Discussion: CenterNetworks and alarm:clock
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
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Dell:
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 / siliconvalley.com:
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Microsoft Goes MuniFi with MetroFi  —  In the fight to unwire cities, Google might be one of the bigger names in the business, especially when it comes to the potential for location-based advertising.  But Mountain View-based startup MetroFi, which champions the free ad-supported WiFi model …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Mario Librandi / AmandaAcrossAmerica:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT  —  the news is out!  —  music: Adhesion - Opus Magnus - track 2 "Bank Holiday"
Discussion: Valleywag and ClickZ News Blog
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.
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 and Bloggers Blog
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, Labnotes and digg
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon (may be) For Sale: $50 million
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo confirms DVD-enabled Wii in '07
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Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Apple's iPhone is Calling
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Patches 9 Security Holes
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Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC News launches video podcasts
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