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11:50 PM ET, November 14, 2006

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees Zune as just opening act  —  Microsoft doesn't expect the Zune to knock the iPod off the stage, but it is counting on the new music player to at least get the company on the playbill.  —  Microsoft's $250 music player, which goes on sale Tuesday, is the first music player …
Discussion: I4U News and TechSpot
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The Zune of Steve's eye  —  I met with the people doing the Zune at Microsoft in the summer of 2004, when podcasting was gaining traction (in Seattle no less), but wasn't showing on their radar yet.  I explained how they could make their device a perfect podcast client.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:   Microsoft to Pay Per-Processor License on Zune
Jaime Schopflin / Apple:
Apple Teams Up With Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM & United to Deliver iPod Integration  —  Apple® today announced it is teaming up with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to deliver the first seamless integration between iPod® and in-flight entertainment systems.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
From Rocketboom to ABC  —  Video blogger Amanda Congdon is the latest "cewebrity" to jump to mainstream media; an industry is forming to help others follow her lead  —  Internet celebrity Amanda Congdon just finished broadcasting her cross-country relocation from New York to L.A. on the World Wide Web.
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog, digg and Slashdot
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Business Week:
Q&A with Amanda Congdon  —  The video blogger has parlayed her success into deals with ABC and HBO.  Here's what she has to say about hitting the big time  —  Being un-boomed may be one of the best things to happen to Amanda Congdon since the Internet.  The former host of Rocketboom …
bizjournals:
Startup hits the money with biz wiki  —  Ray King hasn't had a home run yet.  But investors in his newest venture, AboutUs Inc., think King could be building the next Google.  —  King's Portland company has just closed a $1 million initial financing round for its wiki …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AboutUs: A Wiki About Every Website
Discussion: CenterNetworks and alarm:clock
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
It's true: The Zune is incompatible with Vista  —  I really couldn't believe the tip a reader sent in earlier this month that Microsoft's Zune MP3 player would be incompatible with Windows Vista.  —  I had heard the Windows Media Player DRM and the Zune DRM were not going to be compatible.
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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AppleInsider:
Zune incompatible with Windows Vista
Discussion: zune.net
Dell:
Game On!  Dell Gaming Gets More Extreme  —  New Quad-Core Dell XPS 710 Gaming Desktop and 92% Color Gamut 30-inch Monitor Make for Intense Entertainment Experience  —  Dell today announced two new high-performance technology platforms for gamers and enthusiasts: the company's most powerful …
Elise Ackerman / siliconvalley.com:
Study finds Web isn't teeming with sex  —  ANALYSIS SHOWS ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF ALL PAGES HAVE ADULT CONTENT  —  A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Micrsoft's giant Internet indexes showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material.
Google:
Google Closes Acquisition of YouTube  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has closed its acquisition of YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos.  In connection with the acquisition Google issued an aggregate of 3,217,560 shares …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Coming Soon via Your TiVo: Internet Video on Television  —  TiVo plans to introduce features that will allow people to use its digital video recorders to watch some video programming from the Internet on their televisions.  —  Until now, TiVo has not been able to tap into the explosion of Web video …
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Ruthless enough for a startup?  —  I have been reading about how several successful startups — Facebook, MySpace, BitTorrent, YouTube, Skype, and HotOrNot — fueled their early growth that lead to their success.  —  In all the cases, these startups did things that I probably would not have been willing to do.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC News launches video podcasts  —  Full episodes of NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press will be available starting tomorrow as video podcasts via MSNBC.com, iTunes and the new Microsoft Zune download service.  It just so happens that Microsoft's Zune hits store shelves on Tuesday, as well.
Discussion: PVR Wire and CrunchGear
USA Today:
Cable's cellphone service gets in gear  —  More than one year after announcing plans to jump into the cellphone game, the USA's biggest cable TV operators, in partnership with Sprint, finally are starting to launch service.  —  Comcast, the No. 1 cable TV operator, later this month …
Dennis Rice / GottaBeMobile.com:
Lenovo x60 ThinkPad Tablet PC InkShow Exclusive Interview on GottaBeMobile!  —  Well, we are pretty excited at GottaBeMobile, and we have got some great exclusive video for you!  If you have been following our site for the last week or so, you may have seen several references to a secret mission …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Put Any YouTube Video On Your iPod  —  There is a ton of good content on YouTube, but copyright infringement claims and DMCA take-down notices mean that any given video can disappear at any time.  Having a local copy of the video means you won't lose access if YouTube removes the video from their site.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Frank Barnako:
Big blogger show set for Vegas  —  The first BlogWorld and New Media Expo is be held next year, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  "The event will combine elements of the corporate communications world with the needs of active, individual bloggers," according to a release announcing the show.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon (may be) For Sale: $50 million
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DRM Dumpster automates the DRM stripping process
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Mario Librandi / AmandaAcrossAmerica:
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Discussion: Valleywag and ClickZ News Blog
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Apple's iPhone is Calling
Discussion: IP Democracy
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Patches 9 Security Holes
Discussion: Bink.nu and microsoft.com
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
IBM's chief steps into 'Second Life' for incubator launch
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PR Newswire:
On Heels of FTC Action, Microsoft Files Suit Against Creators …
Discussion: The 463
Frank Barnako:
'Daily Show' for stocks completes first month
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Wade Coleman / VentureBeat:
China investment bubble? Maybe not
Discussion: VC Ratings and Net
Destiny / 10 Zen Monkeys:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
PS3 hopefuls, part III: Best Buy shoos away Burbank campers
Discussion: Digital World and digg
Gizmodo:
PS3 Backwards Compatability Flawed?
Discussion: Digital World and digg
infinera.com:
Ground-Breaking 100 Gigabit Ethernet Demonstration Across 4,000 Km Live Network
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Report: Firefox 2.0 Trumps IE7 In Phish-Fighting