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6:05 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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AppleInsider:
Zune incompatible with Windows Vista
Discussion: zune.net
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees Zune as just opening act
Discussion: I4U News and TechSpot
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  —  Portland, Oregon based AboutUs announced this week that it has closed a Series A round of funding and raised $1 million.  The site is a wiki directory of web sites, mostly populated automatically but with a healthy amount of traffic and a growing number of edits being made daily.
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.
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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
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Mario Librandi / AmandaAcrossAmerica:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT  —  the news is out!  —  music: Adhesion - Opus Magnus - track 2 "Bank Holiday"
Marla Nitke / Interactive Advertising Bureau:
INTERNET ADVERTISING REVENUES SURPASS $4 BILLION FOR Q3  —  Latest IAB/PwC Survey Finds 2006 Record Industry Growth and Largest Quarter Ever  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP today announced that Internet advertising revenues reached an estimated …
blogworldexpo.com:
BLOGWORLD SET FOR LAS VEGAS, NOV. 8-9, 2007  —  Industry's first-ever trade show and conference will blend corporate and individual interests in this prolific form of new media communications.  —  Blogging, the increasingly popular form of online communications, will assume a new level …
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Frank Barnako:
Big blogger show set for Vegas
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Robin Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Copyrights and Content Creation in Second Life  —  Today I met with a large group of Residents, members of the Sellers Guild, to talk about the implications of a recently-developed LibSL product called CopyBot.  CopyBot allows the user to create a replication of an object, including textures, that is fully permissive.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Quintura Search Engine gets backing from early Skype investor  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  Russia-based Quintura Search Engine has received substantial backing from Mangrove Capital Partners of Luxembourg, an early-stage investor in Skype …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Slide gets big VC round for its slideshow product  —  Slide, the San Francisco start-up that lets you create slide shows from your photos or other content, has raised a large third round of funding from Khosla Ventures and Mayfield Fund.  —  The amount remains undisclosed …
Discussion: Mashable! and StartupSquad
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
From the "you call this agile?" department  —  Dmitri Zimine has a hypothetical story of how interrupting a programmer for a two hour emergency request needed to close some sale can actually waste two weeks.  "If Sarah spends just two hours thinking of her old project, she loses a day of productive work on the new one," he says.
Discussion: Labnotes and Agile Advice
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.
DesktopLinux.com:
OLPC nears low-cost Linux laptop production  —  The One Laptop Per Child project's onsite supervisor, Mark Foster, reported from Shanghai on Sunday that the first 10 prototypes of the Linux-powered OLPC XO-1 are up and running.  This marks a key milestone toward an upcoming build of 900 units.
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
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.
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 …
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 …
Wilson Rothman / Time:
Instant Wii Play  —  Nintendo's New Console Wins the Hearts of Non-Gamers  —  Last Friday, Nintendo's new $250 videogame console arrived and in spite of being an admitted non-gamer, I was giddy with anticipation.  I actually caught myself dancing a little jig.
Discussion: Joystiq, 4 color rebellion and digg
 
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Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Moving Forward on Key Server Technologies
USA Today:
PS3 hits glitches, limited supply
Reuters:
Reuters to syndicate blogs
Discussion: TechEffect and Andrew Lark
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
CBS SportsLine bombs in IT, apologizes, bombs again
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Edelman to Fund a Second Life Business
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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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
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: Bink.nu and microsoft.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Put Any YouTube Video On Your iPod
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