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12:00 AM ET, November 30, 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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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
BitTorrent set to unveil deals with studios
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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
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
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
The Future of Online Advertising is Video — Paid Search Works but "Doesn't Grab the Heart and Mind," says Analyst David Hallerman.....Dartmouth Researchers Crack Video Forgeries  —  Earlier this month eMarketer released a report by senior analyst David Hallerman on the the future of online advertising.
Discussion: Lost Remote and Ryan Stewart
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Court Greenlights DOJ Case Against Realtors  —  A Chicago district court cleared the way Tuesday for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to proceed with its antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  —  The DoJ contends the NAR is engaging in anti-competitive behavior against online home brokers.
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Security Response Alert / symantec.com:
Spybot attempts to exploit old vulnerability  —  Symantec has confirmed the existence of a new worm called W32.Spybot.ACYR, which takes advantage of several Microsoft vulnerabilities.  The worm also attempts to exploit a previously addressed vulnerability in Symantec Client Security and Symantec Antivirus …
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Halo 3 release month announced?  Not likely  —  See past the commercial young Jedi.  Look at the license plates.  We don't know if this was planted viral marketing to generate hype, but we'll bite and let the masses take over from there.  The license plates of the cars in this Xbox 360 ad are: "GOW 1106" and "HA LO307."
Discussion: You NEWB and digg
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
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 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Sex and Social Networking Sells: Fake User Profiles in Marketing Campaigns  —  Increasingly marketing firms are using popular social networks on the Web as part of their campaigns - creating fake user profiles to sell their products.  On one hand this is not a good thing for social networks …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog and digg
Steve Gordon / The Register:
Zune means zilch for artists  —  What Universal does with digital royalties  —  Column How much can artists expect to benefit from Microsoft's Zune MP3 player?  —  Microsoft recently agreed to pay a royalty to Universal Music, which with acts like U2 and Jay-Z is the world's most successful label …
 
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Computerless, Web-Enabled Devices Are On The Rise
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The Presence of Magazines on the Internet
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Is this the real Windows Vista MCE remote?
Discussion: istartedsomething.com and digg
Global Geek / TPN:
In Writing: "Apple Does Not Licence the Term "Podcast""
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At Skype, Nightmare (almost) before Christmas
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Me? I'm between jobs until the Zune incentive program rolls out
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Switched On: A Pearl in the Palm
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A Start-Up Fueled by Star Power
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Optimus 103 keyboard demands $1,200 pricetag — yes, you read that right
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Outages for MediaTemple Grid Hosting Service
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
MTVN Developing 'Hyper-Programmed' Sites
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Wayan / One Laptop Per Child News:
DOOM on the OLPC XO!
Reuters:
Time Warner plans movie downloads in 2007
USA Today:
What would techies do with a newspaper?  First, they'd make it all digital
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