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10:50 AM ET, November 20, 2006


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
176 Newspapers to Form a Partnership With Yahoo  —  John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times, left; George Frey for The New York Times  —  Terry S. Semel, left, chief of Yahoo, which is trying to regain its luster.  Dean Singleton, the chief of MediaNews, said the deal would help newspapers earn money online.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Suddenly Newspapers Are Sexy  —  Less than a month after Google announced what it called an "alpha" test with 50 newspapers, Yahoo! has launched something more ambitious and extensive — a major partnership with seven newspaper groups that publish 176 local print editions.  Those publisher groups are:
Discussion: PaidContent
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
It's Official: Yahoo HotJobs-Seven Newspaper Publishers Join Forces …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Lyrics Celebrating Bank Merger Impress Only Copyright Lawyer  —  A video of two Bank of America employees singing a version of U2's "One" to commemorate their company's acquisition of MBNA recently made the rounds of the blogs, prompting amusement and some ridicule from online viewers.
Mike / Techdirt:
Universal Music Strikes Again: Threatens Bank Of America Over Ridiculous Parody Song  —  from the you-can't-be-serious dept  —  Yikes.  Last week when we pointed to Universal Music's bad decision to sue MySpace we noted how aggressive the company has been recently in demanding that everyone pay …
Kevin Kelly / Joystiq:
Nintendo's Wii launch party (Universal Citywalk, LA)  —  We attended (and holy schnikes, are we tired of "Wii! jokes) the launch of the Nintendo Wii at the Universal Citywalk EB Games store in Los Angeles last night, and lived to tell about it.  —  When we arrived at about 7PM …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Nintendo's Wii launch party (Times Square, NYC)
Discussion: and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wii launch wrap-up
Discussion: Tech_Space
Wii Launch NYC: 5,000 Wiis in Times Square
Discussion: Gadgetell and I4U News
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Cellphone as Tracker: X Marks Your Doubts  —  THE diminutive cellphone is turning out to be the most clever of devices.  As it connects to more networks, stores more kinds of data, delivers more kinds of entertainment — wherever we happen to be — it effectively becomes the most personal computer we own.
Ben Edelman /
Bad Practices Continue at Zango, Notwithstanding Proposed FTC Settlement and Zango's Claims  —  Earlier this month, the FTC announced the proposed settlement of its investigation into Zango, makers of advertising software widely installed onto users' computers without their consent or without …
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
Zango's continued bad practices in light of FTC's proposed settlement terms  —  Just over two weeks ago, the FTC announced a proposed settlement with Zango for the complaint filed earlier this year.  Under terms of the settlement, Zango is required to give up $3 million in ill-gotten gains …
Antonio / The Tabblo Blog:
Screw all of this Yahoo bashing  —  Before everyone declares Yahoo dead and irrelevant, we at Tabblo figured we'd throw a little support behind the company that has given us a whole bunch of help in getting this whole thing going.  —  I'm referring of course to the recent pile-on regarding the …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AGLOCO launches — will pay you to surf the Web  —  AGLOCO is a controversial new Stanford-based start-up that wants to pay you to surf the Web, in return for access to your online surfing information.  It launches tonight.  —  It was discovered two weeks ago by Gigaom, which blasted it as a pyramid scheme.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Everton Blair / Connected Internet:
Microsoft Windows Comes Of Age - Happy 21st Birthday!  —  Believe it or not Windows is 21 years old on Monday.  When it was launched in 1985 the PC market was barely out of it's infancy, and whatever you may think of Microsoft it is amazing what they Bill Gates & Co have built in such a relatively short time.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Beneath the Metadata - a reply  —  Elaine Peterson, associate professor and information resources specialist at Montana State University, has published an article called "Beneath the Metadata: Some Philosophical Problems with Folksonomy" in D-Lib Magazine (doi:10.1045/november2006-peterson).
Discussion: Personal InfoCloud
EV-DO vs WCDMA: Who's ahead?  —  It's been an evolving year for wireless broadband in the US.  It moved from test-beds to real markets nationwide; both EV-DO and WCDMA (and their respective upgrades) have made progress.  Considering that there are three critical things that matter …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
The Kid With All the News About the TV News  —  TOWSON, Md. — When people in the television news business want to find out what's going on in their industry, they turn to a blog called TVNewser.  But while the executives obsessively checking TVNewser are mostly high powered and highly paid …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wiimote strap breaks, controller destroys TV  —  So there's this dude who was playing Wii Sports bowling, as his story goes, and his pal rolls a Lebowski and the next thing you know the strap breaks from the force of the swing; his slippery hands let loose, and the Wiimote flies like a missile and cracks his pal's TV.
Discussion: .:UNEASYsilence:.
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii FAQ: answers to your Wii questions
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Joystiq and digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fedora Linux up and running on PlayStation 3 (with video)
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Discussion: ReveNews