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3:35 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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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:
Google Blogoscoped:
Several Indented Result Snippets  —  Bug or feature?  Searching for get fuzzy, Google was just showing me 3 indented result snippets in a row, one from comics.com and two from news.yahoo.com.  Usually, Google will only indent a snippet if it belongs to the domain one snippet above …
 
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Poll: Will Google develop a GoogleOS?
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Zune hacked for USB drive use
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Wal-Mart Website Crashes on Black Friday
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OriginalSignal Relaunches With Big Changes
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Ogle Earth:
Google Earth improves height mesh, updates imagery in time for Thanksgiving
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Wearable fruit fly farm
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

 
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