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11:10 PM ET, November 7, 2006

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Jay Greene / Business Week:
Showtime for the Xbox 360  —  Microsoft hopes a new video downloading service will elevate the already popular game console to an entertainment center  —  To gamers, the Xbox 360 is a smoking hot game machine.  But to Microsoft (MSFT), it's always been seen as that—and a whole lot more.
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Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Hard Drive Leaked at 70+ Gigs?
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, CrunchGear, Kotaku and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Level 3, and the Web 2.0 fatigue  —  The Web 2.0 conference hasn't even begun, and you can feel the fatigue.  You can almost predict the marketing "spin" coming over next few days, that is enough to make you groan.  —  A perfect example is this news from Level 3 Communications …
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level3.com:
Level 3 Selected by Photobucket to Provide High Capacity Network Solutions  —  Multi-Year Agreement Supports Global Growth of a Leading Personal Media Site for Image and Video Sharing  —  Level 3 Communications' Content Markets Group today announced a multi-year agreement with Photobucket …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft launches Google Earth killer  —  Microsoft is about to upgrade its mapping product, Live Local, to Microsoft Virtual Earth, a competitor to Google Earth.  [See news story.]  We got a live preview of the product a few days ago and will have a hands-on review shortly.
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Spaceland, 3-D Maps in the Browser
Laura Foy / Microsoft 10:
Virtual Earth 3D -The next dimension in search! …
Discussion: Windows Live Local and OpsanBlog
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe to donate script code to Mozilla  —  Adobe will donate software to run JavaScript programs in the Firefox Web browser, the largest code contribution yet to the open-source Mozilla Foundation.  —  On Tuesday, Adobe is expected to announce the donation in conjunction with the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Zvents gets $7M (yikes) for Ajax events site  —  Zvents, which lets people search for events in their neighborhood, has raised $7 million in a first round of funding led by VantagePoint Venture Partners.  —  That is a very large sum of money, and it raises questions about the company's business model.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zvents Closes $7m Round for Events Search
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
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.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
MySpace Aims for a Global Audience, and Finds Some Stiff Competition  —  A couple of months ago, Robert Basic, a 40-year-old technology consultant in Frankfurt, signed up for MySpace, the online social networking site, mostly out of curiosity.  —  In September, MySpace opened public test pages …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Saving the Day with Remote Assistance  —  We're getting very close to releasing Windows Vista to manufacturing - the excitement is building!  I've decided now that I have a little more time that I would start posting some entries about my observations on Windows Vista, with the great new blogging spot on http://windowsvistablog.com.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
With Vista, what does 'done' really mean?
Discussion: Blog Talk and TweakVista.com
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Column: What are online RSS feeds?  —  Q. I keep hearing about RSS feeds on Web sites.  What are they and how can I use them?  —  A. RSS feeds are a very simple and convenient way to receive updated items from Web sites that you like, so you don't have to go trolling around to each site to see what's new.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Intel "SuiteTwo" Product Suite Launches  —  Intel will announce SuiteTwo today, a product that brings together a number of Enterprise 2.0 apps into an integrated suite.  The four products that are included in the release are MovableType from SixApart, SocialText, Simplefeed and Newsgator.
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.
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.
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: PageAddict (Firefox)  —  Firefox: Monitor your web addiction with PageAddict, a Firefox extension that gives you a summary of how much time you've spent visiting different sites.  —  Just install the plug-in, surf like you normally do, then return to PageAddict.com to see your results.
New York Times:
Election Night Viewing Includes Web's Bells and Whistles  —  For those who seek out their election news today from the main broadcast networks and cable news channels, the most striking change since 2004 may be the enormous increase in supplemental material that those news organizations …
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Bloggers Blog
rsf.org:
24 hours against Internet censorship launched, list of the 13 Internet enemies in 2006 published  —  The online demo is also accessible on a miror Web site, for those who cannot access www.rsf.org  —  The list of 13 Internet enemies  —  Three countries - Nepal, Maldives and Libya …
Discussion: Digital Download and Slashdot
Agence France Presse:
Google warns against changes to Australian copyright law  —  SYDNEY (AFP) - Internet search-engine giant Google has warned that proposed changes to Australia's copyright laws could drive the country back to "the pre-Internet era".  —  The warning came in a submission to Australia's senate …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Rallies Developers to Build Next-Generation Applications  —  Microsoft releases the .NET Framework 3.0, Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system, ASP.NET AJAX and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled …
 
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Ewdison Then / SlashGear:
FIC Linux Cellphone - can it capture the imagination of the open-source community?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 2.0 Summit Launchpad
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Widgets Live! wrap-up
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Fujitsu unveils LifeBook P1610 and T4125 convertible tablets
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Ziddio Launches - Comcast's YouTube Contender
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Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AdBrite Marries User Behavior to Demographic Data
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP outs price, ship date for its 30-inch LCD monstrosity
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and CrunchGear
Reuters:
Verizon near content deal with YouTube: WSJ
Discussion: GigaOM and PVR Wire
Business Wire:
Dell Notebooks Deliver New Level of Value for Consumers, Small Businesses
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs: Windows XP at 75 MPH