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8:45 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: Gizmodo, TechBlog, Howard Lindzon and digg
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.
James R. Stoup / Apple Matters:
Zune Marketplace's Absurd Pricing Scheme  —  Lately I have been trying to avoid talking about Microsoft.  I figured the whole Zune thing had been covered to death and so my input wasn't really needed.  I continued to think this until I read about Microsoft's "Zune Marketplace".
Discussion: Change Is Good and Hardware 2.0
Zune Software Plays Nicely With iTunes
Discussion: 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.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and The Next Net
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
The art of defensive blogging
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 …
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Valleywag: Now with less wag  —  Apparently Silicon Valley just doesn't have the same appetite for the lives and loves of its celebrities as New York, Washington and Hollywood.  This morning, Valleywag, which was launched early this year by Nick Denton's Gawker Media to fill what was assumed …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valleywag guy Nick Douglas gone — Will Wired snag him?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Confabb opens to conference attendees, speakers, planners (video)  —  Yesterday I was at Dave Winer's house and got an early look at Confabb, a Web 2.0 site that just opened this morning.  —  Since I've been involved in planning, attending, or speaking at dozens of conferences and expos …
Discussion: ScobleShow
Roy Mark /
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
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
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: Lost Remote and PaidContent
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt, and digg
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.
Joris Evers / CNET
With IE 7, green means go for legit sites  —  Starting early next year, the address bar in Internet Explorer 7 will turn green when surfing to a legitimate Web site—but only in some cases, not all.  —  The colored address bar is designed to be a sign that a specific site can be trusted …
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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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Genesis VC games don't work with GC controller?
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
CompUSA to sell Vista Business this month
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch New York in Four Days
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
What's up with Tagworld?
Google Apps for Your Domain Expands to Include the Start Page for Organizations
 Earlier Items: 
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Update on Google Video: Ads To Run on User Generated Content …
Official Google Blog:
Old world meets new on Google Earth
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Aggreg8, Not So Good
Discussion: Geekzone Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Farecast Selling Airline Ticket Price Guarantees
Discussion: VentureBeat and Screenwerk
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Microsoft says Gmail is a virus
Discussion: Download Squad
Battelle gets Farked
Cary Sherman / CNET
Perspective: The farce behind 'Digital Freedom'
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
Hacking the XBox 360's HD-DVD for the PC