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7:40 AM ET, November 14, 2006

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Installing the Zune... sucked  —  When it comes to the hardware, we're pretty much set; we all now know the Zune inside and out.  But how it interacts with the software, the marketplace, etc. — that's where the magic happens.  Or doesn't.  We really wanted to give the Zune the benefit of the doubt.
Discussion: TechBlog, Gizmodo, Howard Lindzon and digg
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Add Video Sharing to Zune, Ballmer Says (Update1)  —  Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. plans to add a video-sharing feature to its Zune player and will eventually sell a model that combines the device with a phone, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said.
Gizmodo:
Zune Software Plays Nicely With iTunes
Discussion: Bink.nu and PaidContent
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun's Second Life gimmick  —  Memo to Sun: Stop trying to be so damn trendy.  Taking Java open source is a big development, but then you muck it up with having a developer Q&A in Second Life.  No parallel Webcast.  No conference call dial-in.  No alternate means to drop in.
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats  —  A rising tide lifts all boats.  If there were ever a philosophy that guided our decision making at Sun, it's that - the notion that an internet connected by freely available standards is more valuable, to Sun and our customers, than one defined by dependencies on proprietary technologies.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Dell To Make Announcement In Second Life
Valleywag:
Valleywag Release Candidate 2  —  Some changes, today, on Valleywag, in design, personnel, and mission.  Obviously, there's a new design.  Nick Douglas, editor since launch earlier this year, is leaving.  And we're going to change the mix of stories, slightly.  —  1. Design.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Valleywag: Now with less wag
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valleywag guy Nick Douglas gone — Will Wired snag him?
Bambi Francisco / Bambi Franciso:   Nick Denton on ValleyWag
May Wong / Associated Press:
HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 a.m. EST Tuesday.  THIS STORY MAY NOT BE POSTED ONLINE, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE 12:01 a.m. EST.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In its ongoing bid to be a central conduit of media, TiVo Inc. plans to broaden its digital video recording service later this year so users …
Discussion: Engadget, Zatz Not Funny and PVRblog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Confabb: Find, Track and Review Conferences  —  Confabb is a new service launching today that offers a centralized place to find information about all kinds of conferences.  The site offers everything from speaker and event reviews to photos of the events after the fact through integration with Flickr.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Confabb opens to conference attendees, speakers, planners (video)
Discussion: ScobleShow
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
TalkPlus demo : Call to echo123 from a mobile without a Skype client  —  I shot this demonstration on Halloween, 31 October 2006, in the offices of TalkPlus in San Mateo, California.  The video is uncut, no editing at all, including about five seconds in the beginning of Jeff Black, TalkPlus CEO and founder, warming up.
Washington Post:
For Ted Leonsis, a Quest to Find Himself Faster Online  —  For a man who's often in the public eye, Ted Leonsis didn't like what he saw when he Googled himself last year.  —  Leonsis — vice chairman of AOL, majority owner of the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Mystics of women's basketball …
Tony Ruscoe / Tony Ruscoe's Blog:
Google Calendar: Search Public Events and Internal IP Visible Info?  —  I just signed in to Google Calendar and saw this:  —  And here's the code that generated those links.  —  There are two things worth mentioning here:  —  Search Public Events - perhaps this is a new feature they're planning to add soon.
Discussion: Googling Google
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Court Shutters Spyware Operation  —  ERG Ventures and one of its affiliates were ordered by a U.S. district court today to stop distributing what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claims is false and deceptive software.  —  According to the FTC, the Nevada-based ERG and its affiliate trick consumers …
Discussion: Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
C-SPAN To Launch User Video Site  —  Public interest TV station C-SPAN and online media storage provider StreamLoad have announced that the two companies will collaborate on a new user submitted video site set to launch later this month and called ViewFinder.
Discussion: PaidContent and Lost Remote
Jennifer Peltz / Associated Press:
NYC cab service offers social twist  —  NEW YORK — Manhattan resident seeks companion for ride to airport, maybe more.  —  In the latest novelty for a mobile city in a networked world, an online service that debuted during the weekend offers to help New Yorkers hook up for cabs …
Valleywag:
Nice guys finish poorer  —  Evan Williams, maker of Blogger and founder of Odeo, is a popular guy.  Entrepreneurs, particularly the veterans with mixed feelings about venture capitalists, love him, because he recently bought out investors in Odeo, and took the company private.  I mean, really private.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
China rising: Venture investments increase 47 percent in third quarter  —  The U.S. venture capital industry is seeing a slow and steady recovery.  —  China, however, is roaring like a dragon.  Venture capital investments in mainland China companies rose 47 percent in the quarter …
Discussion: Net
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba kicks out sexy new Portege M500 ultraportable
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Demo of Adobe Connect
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Moto Q in Black hits the Great White North
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Valleywag:
What's up with Tagworld?
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Google:
Google Apps for Your Domain Expands to Include the Start Page for Organizations
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
With IE 7, green means go for legit sites
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Update on Google Video: Ads To Run on User Generated Content …
Official Google Blog:
Old world meets new on Google Earth
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Farecast Selling Airline Ticket Price Guarantees
Discussion: VentureBeat and Screenwerk
I4U News:
Exclusive! Sonar Blu-ray Laser by Wicked Lasers
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Just Say No To UMG  —  If you are a music device owner, it is time to tell UMG to shut up.
Newlaunches.com:
Toshiba Gigabeat P20K and P10K
Discussion: Gizmodo and Anything But iPod
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Microsoft says Gmail is a virus
Discussion: Download Squad
Valleywag:
Battelle gets Farked
Cary Sherman / CNET News.com:
Perspective: The farce behind 'Digital Freedom'
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
Hacking the XBox 360's HD-DVD for the PC