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7:25 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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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: CNNMoney.com, Kotaku, CrunchGear and digg
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:
Rent or buy movies through your Xbox
Discussion: PaidContent
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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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Could Adobe's contribution to Mozilla force MS to take Internet …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
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.
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Patrick Gavin / Link Building Blog:
TLA Acquired By MediaWhiz!
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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James Fee / James Fee GIS Blog:
MICROSOFT RELEASES VIRTUAL EARTH 3D (BETA)
Discussion: Windows Live Local and 3pointD.com
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: The Local Onliner
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Zvents gets $7M (yikes) for Ajax events site
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
 
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Ziddio Launches - Comcast's YouTube Contender
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Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AdBrite Marries User Behavior to Demographic Data
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP outs price, ship date for its 30-inch LCD monstrosity
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and CrunchGear
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Business Wire:
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Chris Thilk / AdJab:
Prepare for the HD-DVD ad onslaught
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Earnings: Gaming Continues To Pay For RNWK—Up 53 Percent in 3Q
Discussion: Coolfer
USA Today:
Technology troubles set off tantrums, tears and tirades
Gamasutra:
A Tough Nut To Karrak: Sony's New PR Boss Talks PlayStation 3 Plans