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2:25 PM ET, November 30, 2006

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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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When computer industry executives heard about a plan to build a $100 laptop for the developing world's children, they generally ridiculed the idea.  How could you build such a computer, they asked, when screens alone cost about $100?
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Announcements - How about three of them?  —  Today, we announce three different additions to Zoho.  —  1. Zoho Plugin for Microsoft Office  —  2. Zoho APIs  —  3. Desktopize for Zoho (Download)  —  We are very excited about the plugin for Microsoft Office as this extends …
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
The Real Office Live: Zoho Bridges Online And Offline Office Apps
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Edgeio buys its way to online real estate search  —  Silicon Valley classifieds start-up, Edgeio, has acquired a company that will allow Edgeio's users to search significant amounts of real estate data.  —  If you think that is trivial, think again.  Online real estate listings face a regulatory mess …
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Keith Teare / edgeio:   edgeio acquires assets of Adaptive Real Estate Services
Anna Jane Grossman / New York Times:
Here's My Number (for Today)  —  THERE is no shortage of ways to reach Airin McClain, a singer who lives in Philadelphia.  She has a Web site, an instant messenger account, a MySpace page, four e-mail addresses and two mobile phones.  —  Good luck getting one of those phone numbers, though.
Guardian:
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
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Mike / Techdirt:   Will Second Life Be The AOL Of Online Virtual Worlds?
Business Wire:
New Jersey Mom Wins Trip to Puerto Rico for Placing 100 Millionth Call to 1-800-FREE411  —  New Free Directory Assistance Service Growing Rapidly and Saving Consumers Millions Every Month  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—By placing the 100 millionth call to the free directory …
Masaki Kondo / Bloomberg:
Namco Bandai's Takasu Says PS3 Game Titles Must Sell 500,000  —  Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Namco Bandai Holdings Inc., Japan's second-biggest maker of video-game software, must sell at least half a million copies of a game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 console to make money on the title, said President Takeo Takasu.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and I4U News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HP IQ770 "Crossfire" 19-inch touchscreen Media PC revealed!  —  Looks like AMD has a sweet new rig they're readying for January launch, and word on the street is Bill Gates wants to launch it personally.  It's the IQ770 "Crossfire," the first mass market touchscreen desktop PC we've seen …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Best Wishes!  —  Today is my last day with Search Engine Watch, with me heading to my new digs at Search Engine Land tomorrow.  I wanted to wish Search Engine Watch all the best going forward, plus help readers understand some of the changes that are happening.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why Yahoo is Backing Away from RSS  —  Has anyone noticed that Yahoo's love affair with RSS seems to be withering?  In 2004 and 2005 Yahoo was all over feeds.  It was an early leader in driving adoption, as a matter of fact.  But in recent months I question whether they remain committed to RSS as a platform.
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
Lucky YouTube investor to buy Andre Agassi's estate for $20 million  —  That was fast.  The trickle down effect from YouTube's sale to Google is already being felt.  —  Stuart Peterson, president of San Francisco hedge fund Artis Capital Management, has purchased one of the San Francisco Bay Area's …
Discussion: Valleywag and Blogging Stocks
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
15 Simple Ways Microsoft Could Improve Computing  —  The Vista Business launch is upon us, and Vista Consumer is coming some time next year.  A new version of Office is also right around the corner, and IE7 was released fairly recently.  The bidecadial (yup, made it up) Microsoft Update is under way.
Discussion: CIO.com and jkOnTheRun
Nick / Rough Type:
SAP's mixed-up confusion  —  Thomas Otter, a smart technology blogger who works for the corporate software giant SAP in Germany, finds himself baffled and befuddled these days.  He can't figure out what "software-as-a-service" means.  "For ages," he writes, rhetorically scratching his head …
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 Threadwatch.org
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
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
YouTube's Doppelganger  —  It's getting tougher and tougher to break copyright law on YouTube these days.  The site now performs frequent purges of television shows and other proprietary content uploaded by users.  But those forbidden files can still be had.
 
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Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
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