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10:50 PM ET, November 14, 2006

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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
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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.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:   Microsoft to Pay Per-Processor License on Zune
James R. Stoup / Apple Matters:
Zune Marketplace's Absurd Pricing Scheme
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Add Video Sharing to Zune, Ballmer Says (Update1)
Jaime Schopflin / Apple:
Apple Teams Up With Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM & United to Deliver iPod Integration  —  Apple® today announced it is teaming up with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to deliver the first seamless integration between iPod® and in-flight entertainment systems.
Business Week:
Q&A with Amanda Congdon  —  The video blogger has parlayed her success into deals with ABC and HBO.  Here's what she has to say about hitting the big time  —  Being un-boomed may be one of the best things to happen to Amanda Congdon since the Internet.  The former host of Rocketboom …
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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
PR Newswire:
On Heels of FTC Action, Microsoft Files Suit Against Creators of Spyware-Bearing Celebrity Screen Saver  —  Company Applauds Effort by FTC to Expose Alleged Spyware Ploy  —  REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today followed …
Discussion: The 463
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Federal Trade Commission:
Court Shuts Down Media Motor Spyware Operation
Discussion: Vitalsecurity.org
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
One fantasy that Bill Gates thankfully knows how to fulfill
Discussion: JD on EP
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
USA Today:
Cable's cellphone service gets in gear  —  More than one year after announcing plans to jump into the cellphone game, the USA's biggest cable TV operators, in partnership with Sprint, finally are starting to launch service.  —  Comcast, the No. 1 cable TV operator, later this month …
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.
Destiny / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Nick Douglas Speaks  —  Hours after the upheaval at Valleywag, recently-released blogger Nick Douglas issues his first comment.  In fact, in an effort to learn the truth, we talked to all the players — Nick Denton, Nick Douglas, Rocketboom's Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon, and even Dave Winer.
Dennis Rice / GottaBeMobile.com:
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:
StumbleUpon (may be) For Sale: $50 million  —  Two sources have confirmed that the rapidly growing StumbleUpon recently approached at least one large Internet company to be acquired.  The asking price was $50 million.  —  The deal doesn't appear to have been widely shopped …
Discussion: Lifehacker
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Road to the Semantic Web
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
DRM Dumpster automates the DRM stripping process
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Big In Japan Open Sources RSS Tools, ElfURL
Frank Barnako:
Big blogger show set for Vegas
Mario Librandi / AmandaAcrossAmerica:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Discussion: Valleywag and ClickZ News Blog
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Apple's iPhone is Calling
Discussion: IP Democracy
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Patches 9 Security Holes
Discussion: Bink.nu and microsoft.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Put Any YouTube Video On Your iPod
Discussion: Beet.TV
 Earlier Items: 
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
IBM's chief steps into 'Second Life' for incubator launch
Frank Barnako:
'Daily Show' for stocks completes first month
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Paul Miller / Engadget:
PS3 hopefuls, part III: Best Buy shoos away Burbank campers
Discussion: Digital World and digg
Gizmodo:
PS3 Backwards Compatability Flawed?
Discussion: Digital World and digg
infinera.com:
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
Ken Belson / New York Times:
With a Dish, Broadband Goes Rural
Discussion: Global Nerdy
 

 
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