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4:50 PM ET, November 29, 2006

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Business Wire:
BitTorrent Strikes Digital Download Deals with 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount and Starz Media  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Plans to Test Online Films  —  The decade-old DVD moved two small steps closer yesterday to technology's endangered-species list.  —  Wal-Mart, the country's largest seller of movies, announced that next year it will begin testing a video download service on its Web site.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Deals, Big Money for BitTorrent?  —  Updated: BitTorrent has signed partnerships with major media companies like 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Starz Media and Comedy Central.  These deals with the established media are perhaps a sign why the company is being able to raise more money.
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
BitTorrent cuts online video deals  —  In the latest volley in the growing battle to distribute movies, television shows and other video content online, BitTorrent plans to announce deals today with Paramount, MTV Networks, 20th Century Fox and several smaller studios.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ContentBlogger
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Raises $25 million, Bram Cohen is History  —  Om Malik posted a rumor today regarding a new BitTorrent financing and possible ouster of CEO Bram Cohen.  We did some independent digging and have come up with what I believe is accurate based on multiple sources and a leaked document …
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Mark Evans
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Looking for a copy editor in a crunch
Discussion: CrunchNotes
Official Google Blog:
Adieu to Google Answers  —  Google is a company fueled by innovation, which to us means trying lots of new things all the time — and sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a product.  Later this week, we will stop accepting new questions in Google Answers, the very first project we worked on here.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Google Answers  —  Wow.  Google is shutting down its Google Answers service.  The company has announced that new questions won't be accepted after the New Year, though the site will continue to let people view the question archives.  Killing off the service, which never seemed to catch on much …
Valleywag:
Answers deleted  —  What a relief.  Google is finally trimming its product line, closing down Google Answers.  This is, as far as I can tell, the first time the search company has ever shuttered a service, if one doesn't count Google X, a Google search page redesigned in the style …
Hitwise US:
Charting Answers  —  I woke this morning to Danny Sullivan's blog entry regarding the demise of Google Answers which was announced yesterday.  In his post Danny alluded to an updated Hitwise chart comparing Yahoo! Answers, Google Answers and the new Microsoft Windows Live QnA.
Discussion: Mashable!
Wayan / One Laptop Per Child News:
DOOM on the OLPC XO!  —  Now imagine you are the One Laptop Per Child software design team, and you've just received the very first order of Children's Machine XO's.  Around a thousand pounds of laptops actually, and you wanna take one for a fun filled test drive.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
OLPC laptop runs DOOM
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
Like I Care  —  ON THE INTERNET, EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU'RE A DOG.  —  The first person I knew who had a Web site of his own was a fellow Washington journalist.  This was when many journalists were still just getting into e-mail, but the URL for this Web site quickly circulated around town and around the world.
Arno / Arno's Blog:
The Design of the Mac OS X Shutdown Feature  —  Joel Spolsky posted a blog entry about how offering choices to end users is not always a good thing and illustrate his point with the redesigned Start menu in Vista.  Moishe Lettvin, who worked on that feature while at Microsoft (he now works at Google) …
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Reuters:
Time Warner plans movie downloads in 2007  —  Largest media company says consumers will be able to burn downloaded movies onto DVDs; CEO Parsons says he's not counting out a political career.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Time Warner Inc.'s digital businesses will see improvements in 2007 …
David Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
Don't cry for the Zune just yet  —  Microsoft's challenger to the iPod takes second place in digital audio player market in first sales week, according to report.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Reports of lackluster sales of Microsoft's Zune that surfaced earlier this week might be a bit premature.
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and Frank Barnako
Meridith Levinson / CIO.com:
Windows vs. Linux vs. OS X  —  A celebrity CIO reviews the desktop operating system contenders in search  —  of the next-generation office computer  —  Introduction  —  John Halamka has a penchant for experiments with new  —  technologies.  In 2004, the now 44-year-old CIO …
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Sex and Social Networking Sells: Fake User Profiles in Marketing Campaigns
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MTV's Niches: From Headbangers to Bible-Thumpers
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USA Today:
What would techies do with a newspaper?  First, they'd make it all digital
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