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3:06 PM ET, November 24, 2006

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ZDNet:
Virtualization not 'mature' for consumers  —  Consumers cannot run home versions of Windows Vista as virtual machines because virtualization is not mature enough for broad adoption, says Microsoft.  —  A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet Asia: "For production machines and everyday usage …
Discussion: Slashdot
Reuters:
Google sued by film producer  —  French movie studio alleges that world's top search engine distributed its film online for free.  —  PARIS (Reuters) — The producer of "The World According to Bush" has taken legal action against Google for distributing the film for free …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Video Marketplace Status  —  I just hung up on a conference call on this issue, and I wanted to post an update.  As you know, we have been experiencing technical difficulties associated with the extremely high number of downloads from the Video Marketplace service over the past 24 hours.
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Raph Koster: Copy Away  —  Raph Koster has a fascinating VentureBeat piece about the Second Life copybot.  Raph observes that using the data stream to duplicate objects is analogous to the analog hole that lets people copy movies as they're converted to display on an analog screen.
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Raph Koster / VentureBeat:
Investing time and money in virtual worlds: Caveat Emptor  —  [We asked Raph Koster, an expert on virtual worlds, to comment on the recent controversy at Second Life.  He writes a popular blog at http://www.raphkoster.com]  —  In the last month something happened that shook the world to its core.
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
A Smarter Computer to Pick Stocks  —  Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and new hedge fund manager, is describing the future of stock-picking, and it isn't human.  —  "Artificial intelligence is becoming so deeply integrated into our economic ecostructure that some day computers will exceed human intelligence …
Ryan Garside / bit-tech.net:
Thieves pinch £750,000 Xbox 360 shipment  —  A lorry, containing £750,000 worth of Xbox 360s, has been hijacked by thieves near a depot in Staffordshire.  —  The robbery, no doubt inspired by the oncoming Christmas rush, is the second in a week.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Kotaku and digg
BBC:
Ban on MP3 transmitters is lifted  —  Ofcom is legalising the use of FM transmitters that allow iPods and other MP3 players to play through car radios.  —  The use of devices, such as Griffin's "iTrip", was banned in the UK as their transmissions can interfere with broadcasts by legal radio stations.
Business Week:
The Soul Of A New Microsoft  —  Edgy thinkers like J Allard are looking far beyond Windows for the next big thing  —  At 3:32 p.m. on Oct. 19 an e-mail flashed across the screens of the 230 Microsoft employees working slavishly to bring the Zune music player to market.
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
Kevin Rose Admitting Digg Has Moderators  —  My attention was recently brought to this post on Digg.com which made it to the Digg front-page with only 1 Digg.  When users started to question how a story with one Digg could make it to the front-page, the following conversation with Kevin Rose ensued:
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement on Completion of the Initial European Commission Review of Microsoft's Technical Documents  —  In accordance with the March 2004 decision by the European Commission, Microsoft submitted 8,500 pages of detailed technical documentation in July 2006.
Phaleux:
How to copy data off your Zune  —  Figured this out earlier today:  —  I highly recommend backing up these registry values before modifying anything.  If you don't know how to do that, I don't recommend that you even attempt this right now =)  — Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn't running
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
PS3 broken straight out of the box  —  Punch Jump received their 20 GB Playstation 3 only to discover it has a malfunctioning disc feeder.  The sound that the Playstation 3 makes while attempting with absolute futility to consume the disc is what really makes this video pop. No launch …
Discussion: You NEWB and digg
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Cogmap - The Wikipedia of Organization Charts?  —  Cogmap is an interesting site that takes organization charts to a whole new level.  Claiming itself to be the "Wikipedia of organization charts," anyone can freely view, edit, and maintain corporate structures online.
Discussion: Download Squad
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Blogs Onebox  —  Andy Boyd discovered a Google Blog search onebox below Google results in a search for "tea".  I can't reproduce this, so it might be one of Google's prototypes in which they start collecting usage data before deciding whether or not to roll this out.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Is Google Adding Blog Search to Google.com?
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
OriginalSignal Relaunches With Big Changes  —  Popular single page aggregator OriginalSignal has relaunched and is now much more than just an inflexible startpage for lazy people - it's added a list of features that make it more useful than ever.  —  The site displays the newest headlines …
Discussion: Download Squad
 
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Gadget
Discussion: Gizbuzz
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Poll: Will Google develop a GoogleOS?
Discussion: digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune hacked for USB drive use
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Wal-Mart Website Crashes on Black Friday
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Hitwise US:
Google Checkout Visits up 30%, Buying Traffic with $10 Off Offer
Google Blogoscoped:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ogle Earth:
Google Earth improves height mesh, updates imagery in time for Thanksgiving
Discussion: Data Mining
Regine / we make money not art:
Wearable fruit fly farm
Discussion: textually.org
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
New DMCA Exemptions Granted
Isen / isen.blog:
Breaching the Cellcos' Garden Wall
Microsoft:
365 Days Later, Xbox 360 Unveils First Wave of TV Shows and Movies on Xbox Live