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4:50 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, CrunchGear, CNNMoney.com and digg
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:   Rent or buy movies through your Xbox
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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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 …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Could Adobe's contribution to Mozilla force MS to take Internet …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Zvents gets $7M (yikes) for Ajax events site
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift
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
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.
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.
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 and PVR Wire
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Ziddio Launches - Comcast's YouTube Contender
rsf.org:
24 hours against Internet censorship launched, list of the 13 …
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Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
For France, Video Games Are as Artful as Cinema
Discussion: Joystiq and You NEWB
Real-Time Clock / Real-Time Society:
The Proposal to Control Net Access
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Reuters:
MySpace may be offered on Japan cell phones: Murdoch
Discussion: GigaOM and 21talks
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Social Bookmarking Showdown
Discussion: IR Daily