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4:07 AM ET, November 25, 2006

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This Is London:
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY MADE ME SICK  —  It is the hi-tech tool that has revolutionised home and office alike - but a growing band of campaigners claim wi-fi is a major threat to health.  —  Sufferers say the electro-magnetic waves emitted by wireless computer networks - wi-fi - leave them feeling exhausted, nauseous and sleepless.
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George Ou:
Woman claims Wi-Fi makes her sick  —  In another case of EMF (electromagnetic field) junk science making the news, a Woman in the UK is claming that Wi-Fi technology makes her sick and that she could "instantly tell whether it is installed in a particular room".
Discussion: robhyndman.com and VoIP Now
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Video Marketplace Status  —  I just hung up on a conference call on this issue, and I wanted to post an update.  As you know, we have been experiencing technical difficulties associated with the extremely high number of downloads from the Video Marketplace service over the past 24 hours.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Boo.com to relaunch  —  Boo.com - a notorious dotcom bubble startup - is planning to relaunch.  The confirmation has been made in Swedish media magazine "Komet" by Jonas Arnberg, who works for Handelns Utredningsinstitut (HUI), a respected retail research institute in Sweden.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Boo.com Back in 2007, Maybe
Discussion: John Chow dot Com
Aoife White / Associated Press:
Court to hear Google-newspaper fight  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium — A Belgian court on Friday will hear Google Inc.'s defense against local newspaper complaints that it stole content from their Web sites without paying them or asking their permission.  —  This will be the first time Google argues …
New York Times:
Phone vs. Cable: Turf Wars Escalate  —  PHOENIX — Bees swarmed around Dennis Pappas as he pried open the door to a telephone equipment box belonging to Qwest Communications at an apartment building here recently.  Inside, the insects had built a small but seemingly busy hive.
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
Top 10 Best Internet Acquisitions of All Time  —  After reading the Top 10 Worst Internet Acquisitions, Part 1 and Part 2, I could not help but come up with this list and offer you the following ten "best" Internet acquisitions of all time.  —  Criteria:  — My background and experience lies …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
The Six Biggest New Ideas In Chat  —  Instant messaging has become a part of daily life on the web.  I use several different services depending on what I want to do and who I want to talk to.  AIM is great for keeping in touch with old friends, Meebo or eBuddy for signing on anywhere, and Skype for business interactions.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yearning for Freedom ... From Venture Capital Overlords  —  EVAN WILLIAMS recently bought his freedom.  It cost him a bit more than $2 million, and he says it was worth every penny.  —  I'm not talking about paying off a big debt to one of Tony Soprano's loan-shark underlings.
Discussion: VentureBeat
New York Times:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Brands  —  One day last June, a 29-year-old graduate student in South Dakota had more than 21 conversations as she scurried through her day.  She discussed Donald Trump's wealth with her boyfriend and suggested to her best friend that she should audition for "The Apprentice."
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
A Smarter Computer to Pick Stocks  —  Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and new hedge fund manager, is describing the future of stock-picking, and it isn't human.  —  "Artificial intelligence is becoming so deeply integrated into our economic ecostructure that some day computers will exceed human intelligence …
ZDNet:
Virtualization not 'mature' for consumers  —  Consumers cannot run home versions of Windows Vista as virtual machines because virtualization is not mature enough for broad adoption, says Microsoft.  —  A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet Asia: "For production machines and everyday usage …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Noam / SecuriTeam Blogs:
Anonymizing RFI Attacks Through Google  —  Google can be utilized to hack into websites - actively exploiting them (not information gathering by the use of "Google hacking", although that is how most of the sites vulnerable to RFI attacks are found).  —  By placing a URL on any web page …
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Google AdSense Gift 2006: Digital Photo Frame
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Congress unlocks US cellphones
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Virtual Console feature hints at upgrading classics
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Pandora vs Last.fm (continued)
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dissing Digg... Why?  —  Earlier this morning, while checking …
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Microsoft Statement on Completion of the Initial European Commission …
Dan / Phaleux:
How to copy data off your Zune
Google Blogoscoped:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Poll: Will Google develop a GoogleOS?
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune hacked for USB drive use
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Google sued by film producer
 

 
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