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8:25 PM ET, November 25, 2006

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Bloomberg:
Google Reaches Copyright Deal With Belgians  —  Google, the world's most-used Internet search engine, reached a settlement with Belgian photographers and journalists yesterday in a copyright dispute over how Google's news service links to newspaper content.  —  The agreement was made with …
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Settles Dispute With Two Belgian Media Groups (Update3)  —  Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the world's most-used Internet search engine, reached a settlement with Belgian photographers and journalists in a copyright dispute over how the company's news service links to newspaper content.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Settles Dispute With Two Belgian Media Groups; Denmark Delay
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Alexa is 100% wrong and you can game it with as few as three machines—or so I've been told.  —  Alexa does not work at all and we should not even recognize it as valid anymore from what I've learned.  —  You can game Alexa with as few as three machines running the Alexa toolbar.
Charles Ar / Guardian:
The price of humans who'll spam blogs is falling to zero  —  The other day, while administering the Free Our Data blog (freeourdata.org.uk/blog if you haven't stopped by yet), I came across an unusual piece of comment spam - a remark left on one of the blog posts.  It was advertising a site offering share tips.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Store Could Make Billions?  —  It's Black Friday in the US, and holiday shopping is the hot topic - if you believe The American Marketing Association, MySpace, Facebook and other major social networks are missing out on massive profits this holiday season by neglecting to sell products through their sites.
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USA Today:
Survey: Social-network sites could also lure shoppers  —  Many who go to MySpace or Facebook to network with friends also would go there to buy stuff.  But for the most part, they can't.  —  And that means there may be billions of dollars being left on the table by the major social-networking websites …
Gizmodo:
How To Bypass The Zune's WiFi Sharing DRM  —  We knew it would be done sooner or later, and now that we have the mod to use your Zune as a portable hard drive, a method to bypass the Zune's WiFi sharing DRM is finally here.  —  First, you need to enable hard drive mode using the instructions we posted before.
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Bill Thompson / Reg Developer:
Web 2.0 and Tim O'Reilly as Marshal Tito  —  Forward to the (distributed) revolution  —  Comment As the Web 2.0 bandwagon continues its rapidly accelerating path downhill towards the inevitable crash we find ourselves at another turning point in the development of the networked world.
Jamin Warren / Wall Street Journal:
A Wii Workout: When Videogames Hurt  —  Nintendo's new system forces players to move their bodies, causing aches for some couch potatoes; a case of 'Wii elbow'  —  A videogame maker has finally succeeded in getting kids off the couch and moving around.  But the new approach is turning …
Discussion: You NEWB and Slashdot
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Without Jason, Weblogs Inc Will Lose Its Edge  —  I was saddened to hear about Jason Calacanis' recent departure from AOL.  I don't blame him for leaving.  It looks like he felt there wouldn't be any support for his initiatives under their new CEO.  So what now?  —  Companies are about more than just one individual.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Old Bad Ideas 2.0  —  First it was AllAdvantage.com being reborn as AGLOCO, which despite the founders protestations is old wine, new bottle.  The only difference, I can see is some fiscal discipline and use of public market funds instead of VC dollars.  Now there is word that Boo.com …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Boo.com to relaunch  —  Boo.com - a notorious dotcom bubble startup …
Discussion: John Chow dot Com
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
SitoFono and The Pastabilities  —  In a world where imagination is king, it's nice to see that companies with great ideas are not only in Silicon Valley, but even in places like Sardinia too.  About a week or so ago, pal Luca, the mind behind Abbeynet asked the bloggers to help with letting …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
What if Linux does infringe on Microsoft intellectual property?  —  There have been a lot of words written about the comments made by Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer during a Q&A session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle last week …
Discussion: Slashdot
Ryan Block / Engadget:
3rd party Wii component cables  —  Those HDTV owners lucky enough to have a Wii may well know the sting of the Wii component cable shortage; with the ~$2 part (cost, not retail) fetching upwards of $100 on eBay, we think Blaze may have just saved the day with its $6.71 3rd party Wii component cables.
Discussion: 4 color rebellion
Dpreview / Digital Photography Review:
Leica announce fixes for M8  —  Leica issued a statement two weeks ago that they were aware and were working on a solution.  Today they have announced the 'action plan', firstly that the Banding and Mirror/Ghost images issue can be rectified by returning your camera to LEICA for repair …
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