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3:30 PM ET, November 7, 2006

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Robert Levine / New York Times:
Microsoft Moves Into Video Download Fray  —  Owners of Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console will soon be able to watch science fiction epics as well as play them.  —  Microsoft said tonight that it would offer movies and episodes of television shows for download through its Xbox Live online service …
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Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Teams With CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, UFC and Warner Bros.  Home Entertainment to Digitally Deliver TV Shows and Movies to Gamers  —  Xbox 360 will become first gaming console to offer downloads of over 1,000 hours of TV shows such as "CSI," …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox Live Video hands-on  —  We snagged a few shots of Microsoft's new Xbox Live Video HDTV and HD movie download platform tonight.  There isn't a whole lot to say since there was essentially zero mystery excepting seeing the actual XBL interface in person, but you should still click …
Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Hard Drive Leaked at 70+ Gigs?
Discussion: Kotaku, CNNMoney.com and digg
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:   Rent or buy movies through your Xbox
USA Today:
Technology troubles set off tantrums, tears and tirades  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Jesse Berrett thought he was getting a bargain when he ordered high-speed Internet and phone service from his Internet service provider in September.  —  What he got instead was customer-support hell.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Tech Rage Or Bad Customer Service Rage?
Discussion: Tech_Space and eLegal Canton
Adobe:
Unifies Modern Scripting Across Firefox and Flash and Advances Innovation on the Web  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and the Mozilla Foundation, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Internet, today announced that Adobe has contributed source code …
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Reuters:
Verizon near content deal with YouTube: WSJ  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc., the No. 2 U.S. telecommunications company, is in advanced talks with YouTube Inc. to bring the Web site's videos to cellphones and television sets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Discussion: GigaOM, Mathew Ingram and PVR Wire
BBC:
Zune problems for MSN customers  —  People who have bought music from Microsoft's MSN Music store could face problems if they decide to buy the firm's new Zune portable player.  —  Microsoft has said it will stop selling music from MSN music from 14 November, when Zune goes on sale in the US.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs: Windows XP at 75 MPH  —  Ultra-portable XP devices have been getting a whole lot of interesting lately.  Now Samsung just upped the ante with this — the SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs — at the Mobile WiMax Summit 2006 in South Korea.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zvents Closes $7m Round for Events Search  —  Local events management and calendar vendor Zvents is announcing today the closure of a Series A funding round totaling $7 million.  The round was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners and included Red Rock and NetService Ventures.
Discussion: VentureBeat Wire
Business Wire:
Dell Notebooks Deliver New Level of Value for Consumers, Small Businesses  —  Dell Adds Inspiron 1501, Latitude 131L to Its Award-Winning Line of Notebooks  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Just in time for the holidays, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) today announced the Inspiron™ 1501 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Tech Report and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Text Link Ads Gets Bought by MediaWhiz  —  New Yorks' Media Whiz advertising firm has acquired Cincinati's Text Link Ads.  The deal was announced this morning, but the financial details aren't being disclosed.  —  Text Link Ads typically sells small text ads for a fixed monthly rate, not pay per click.
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Delete Your Bad Web Rep  —  The mistakes you make on the internet can live forever — unless you hire somebody to clean up after you.  —  A new startup, ReputationDefender, will act on your behalf by contacting data hosting services and requesting the removal of any materials that threaten your good social standing.
Discussion: Web 2.0 Television
Time:
YOUTUBE  —  Meet Peter.  Peter is a 79-year-old English retiree.  Back in WW II he served as a radar technician.  He is now an international star.  —  One year ago, this would not have been possible, but the world has changed.  In the past 12 months, thousands of ordinary people have become famous.
Real-Time Clock / Real-Time Society:
The Proposal to Control Net Access  —  Senator Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG) is the responsible for a bill that will end with Internet privacy and anonymity altogether.  This bill, if passed into law, will require every ISP to store each connection performed by a user for at least 3 years.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Simon Hayes / NEWS.com.au:
Piracy stats don't add up  —  PIRACY statistics are labelled "self-serving hyperbole" in a draft government report.  —  A confidential briefing for the Attorney-General's Department, prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology, lashes the music and software sectors.
Gamasutra:
A Tough Nut To Karrak: Sony's New PR Boss Talks PlayStation 3 Plans  —  Dave Karraker, new senior director of corporate communications for Sony, didn't take this job at an easy time.  Signing up with the company just a week before the Tokyo Game Show, he's arrived in the middle of a console launch ramp-up …
 
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rsf.org:
24 hours against Internet censorship launched, list of the 13 …
Discussion: Digital Download and Slashdot
Josh / Bokardo:
Digg's Disincentive Highlights Social Design Issues Clearly
James Fee / James Fee GIS Blog:
MICROSOFT RELEASES VIRTUAL EARTH 3D (BETA)
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AdBrite Marries User Behavior to Demographic Data
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Inside AdWords:
Landing page quality update
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Japanese researchers build 512-core math coprocessor
Chris Thilk / AdJab:
Prepare for the HD-DVD ad onslaught
 Earlier Items: 
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Earnings: Gaming Continues To Pay For RNWK—Up 53 Percent in 3Q
Discussion: Coolfer
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites:
Widgets Live: Demo Roundup
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
For France, Video Games Are as Artful as Cinema
Discussion: Joystiq and You NEWB
Reuters:
MySpace may be offered on Japan cell phones: Murdoch
Discussion: GigaOM and 21talks
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Do the Rights of the Disabled Extend to the Blind on the Web?
Discussion: IR Daily and Slashdot
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Social Bookmarking Showdown
Discussion: IR Daily
Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
Privacy Prevails: German ISP Forced To Delete IP Logs
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Barnett Takes 2nd Turn vs. Google