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7:35 AM ET, November 30, 2006


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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPod vs. Zune Update  —  So how is the Zune, Microsoft's MP3 player, doing so far?  —  The Zune debuted just before the frenzied holiday shopping season, and so far, it's ranked No. 2 behind rival Apple's iPod, according to statistics released by the NPD Group today.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Tech Report
David Ellis /
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 ( — Reports of lackluster sales of Microsoft's Zune that surfaced earlier this week might be a bit premature.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Zune debuts at No. 2  —  After a bunch of negative reviews …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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 …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Huffington Post Will Add Original Reporting to Its Blog  —  The Huffington Post, which started about 18 months ago as a political Web site for celebrity bloggers, is preparing to venture into original reporting, with plans to cover Congress and, already, the 2008 presidential campaign.
Wired News:
Virtual Console Stuff: Controller Get  —  Golden Axe was pretty bad.  Luckily — considering I just dropped eight lousy bucks on it — it's one of those games that's bad in a good way.  I can enjoy it ironically.  If you've never played it, imagine Double Dragon except your guy has a sword and can't hit anything.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Netstreams DoorLinX MP3 Doorbell is Your Bell  —  The humble doorbell has just made the leap into the 21st century.  DoorLinX by Netstreams can play an MP3 of your choice whenever someone presses your doorbell button, and that MP3 is easily placed on the slim wall-mounted slab via WiFi.
Roy Mark /
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.
Real life crashes into Second Life's digital idyll  —  Aleks Krotoski  —  It was three weeks ago that my virtual world disintegrated.  I had been struggling with a digital littering problem in my Social Simulation Research Lab and I wanted to automate the cleanup process.
Discussion: Rough Type
Review of Feedburner  —  Several months ago, b5media made the choice to move all our feeds to Feedburner.  We had actually been looking to do this for awhile, but there were a couple things holding us back.  Portable feeds and money.  Both of those things were resolved around the middle to end of September.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
This Is London:
ANGER AT YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT SHOW HOW TO BREAK INTO HOUSES  —  Householders were warned today to check their security in an alert sparked by video website YouTube.  —  Hundreds of videos are available on the site showing users how to pick locks, which experts fear will result in a spate of burglaries.
Discussion: Techdirt and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At Skype, Nightmare (almost) before Christmas  —  Skype, a leading VoIP services provider and a division of eBay, went through a major reorganization this morning, which included axing of the entire business development part of the company, barring a handful of country heads.
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
PR Newswire:
Verizon, NFL Team up to Offer Live NFL Network Game Broadcasts on Verizon's Consumer Broadband Services  —  Verizon to Offer Live NFL Network Programming Over Broadband.  Deal Includes Thursday and Saturday Regular Season NFL Games, Various College Football Bowl Games and Other Programming
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
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
Erin Teeling / The Bivings Report:
The Presence of Magazines on the Internet  —  TBG has recently completed a research study called "Analyzing the Presence of Magazines on the Internet".  In the wake of success surrounding our previous newspaper study, "The Use of the Internet by America's Newspapers", we decided to conduct similar research on the magazine industry.
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog
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
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Computerless, Web-Enabled Devices Are On The Rise  —  The release of the RTX Dualphone and Sonos Digital Music System got me thinking about an important trend: PC-less devices on the home-network (not that I'm the first).  The names of the hardware systems may not mean anything to you, but the web services that they tie into will.
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
YouTube's Doppelganger  —  It's getting tougher and tougher …
Rumor: More Wiis and PS3s Hitting Retail Sunday?
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Steve Gordon / The Register:
Zune means zilch for artists
Global Geek / TPN:
In Writing: "Apple Does Not Licence the Term "Podcast""
Kevin / Catching a wave in Silicon Valley:
The JotSpot Google Merger
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Russia agrees to shut down
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Group Texting Site
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Eric Jackson / Breakout Performance:
Laying Odds on Semel's Successor for the Corner Cube at Yahoo!
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