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10:30 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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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.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
BitTorrent set to unveil deals with studios
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 …
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)  —  If you want additional proof that we're in a bubble, here it is: young people are trying to get into the venture capital business again.  I get several emails a week along these lines: … They see a wonderful job: going to cocktail parties …
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.
blog.memeorandum.com:
Unhappy mobile reader?  Try Mini...  Different people report different experiences reading my sites on their mobile phones.  The happy bunch tend to have larger screens or prefer to scan every last link on the page.  The unhappy bunch tend to have small screens and can't stand all the scrolling.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Are your people ready for more Vista and Office togetherness?  —  Unless you're a student of Microsoft buzzwords, you might have a little trouble cutting through the Microsoft rhetoric expected as part of the November 30 launch of Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007.
AppleInsider:
Apple patches 22 security holes in Mac OS X  —  A new security update released by Apple Computer on Tuesday patches several exploits recently discovered in its Mac OS X operating system, including one widely publicized issue with its disk image software.  —  Of the twenty two vulnerabilities fixed …
Eric Jackson / Breakout Performance:
Laying Odds on Semel's Successor for the Corner Cube at Yahoo!  —  After the pre-turkey "Peanut Butter" memo, speculation is swirling on who's in the running for Terry Semel's corner cube in Sunnyvale.  —  Here are Breakout Performance's odds on the front-runners:  — Susan Decker: 3 - 2.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Looking for a copy editor in a crunch  —  By now, it's pretty widely accepted that even the most widely read and well-respected of blogs abide by a different set of standards than traditional journalism.  One of those is, in many cases, the elimination of the traditional editorial conveyor belt.
Discussion: The Gong Show and CrunchNotes
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Dave Nabs Xbox 360 For $200 (Sort Of)  —  While I often live on the bleeding edge of technology, there are occasions when I'm content to wait.  As a casual gamer, I didn't pick up the Xbox 360 last year and I waited to try all three next gen systems before making a purchase.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Group Texting Site  —  Yahoo! is getting in on the group text messaging biz with the launch of their new site, Mixd.  TechCrunch was tipped off to the site's existence today but we have not been able to determine how long it has been live.  —  Mixd allows users to set …
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
MTV's Niches: From Headbangers to Bible-Thumpers  —  A Q&A With MTV President Van Toffler  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — MTV viewers still lamenting the deletion of "Headbangers Ball" from the late-night lineup have a reason to thrash once again: The network plans to reconnect with metal heads …
Communications News:
Iemma: NSW CBDs will get free Wi-Fi  —  update Central business districts of key cities in New South Wales will get free Wi-Fi broadband within the next three years, under a plan announced today by the state's premier Morris Iemma.  —  The NSW state government will in early 2007 go shopping …
USA Today:
What would techies do with a newspaper?  First, they'd make it all digital  —  Over the past month, I've asked a number of Internet entrepreneurs and thinkers a pretty simple question: If you owned a newspaper, what would you do with it?  —  OK, we'll discount the smarty-pants quips I got …
Discussion: OnoTech, Screenwerk and Paul Mooney
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Who Wants to Be a Virtual World Millionaire?  —  So, it's semi-official: the Second Life avatar known as Anshe Chung, featured in a recent BusinessWeek profile of SL, is now worth over $1 million dollars.  The news has already stormed through the blogosphere (as here, here, and first scooped here) …
Kevin / Catching a wave in Silicon Valley:
The JotSpot Google Merger  —  So I'm finally at a point where I need to blog about the JotSpot (http://www.jotspot.com/) merger and how it was handled.  The company I work for builds custom JotSpot Wiki's for enterprise class companies and "was" JotSpot's first Partner.
Discussion: Google Watch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Russia agrees to shut down Allofmp3.com  —  Russia has agreed to shut down Allofmp3.com and other music sites based in that country that the U.S. government says are offering downloads illegally.  —  The nation has struck the agreement with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as it seeks entry to the World Trade Organization.
Discussion: Techdirt, iMedia Law Blog and TechSpot
 
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DOOM on the OLPC XO!
Reuters:
Time Warner plans movie downloads in 2007
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
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