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4:25 PM ET, November 24, 2006

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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.
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and Joystiq
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situationterminal.com:
My Xbox Live HD Video Rental Nightmare  —  Okay.  Before I start my tale, I should say that I am a big XBox360 fan.  A really like Xbox 360.  —  It's a very well designed piece of equipment.  A little too much fan noise, but overall a VERY well built user experience.  —  I like it so much, I have two.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Users report Xbox video download 'nightmare'  —  Microsoft's newly launched Xbox Live Video Marketplace is off to a shaky start, apparently struggling under the weight of all that high-definition content.  Some people are reporting extraordinarily long download times, with accounts being docked …
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 …
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: Engadget, CrunchGear, Kotaku and digg
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
In the Wii-PS3 Playoff, Nintendo Upsets Sony on the Fun Factor  —  There was a showdown between the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3 at The Post's game testing lab last weekend.  —  Here's how it went down: I invited a bunch of my friends, five guys and three gals, over to check out the new systems.
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.
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
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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CNET News.com:
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Google Blogoscoped:
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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
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Blogs Onebox
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
OriginalSignal Relaunches With Big Changes
Discussion: Download Squad
Regine / we make money not art:
Wearable fruit fly farm
Discussion: textually.org
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
Kevin Rose Admitting Digg Has Moderators