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4:40 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.
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
New York Times:
Phone vs. Cable: Turf Wars Escalate  —  PHOENIX — Bees swarmed around Dennis Pappas as he pried open the door to a telephone equipment box belonging to Qwest Communications at an apartment building here recently.  Inside, the insects had built a small but seemingly busy hive.
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.
Fred / A VC:
Pandora vs Last.fm (continued)  —  Last week, I walked into Jessica's room to see how she was doing on her homework and she said, "dad, check this out".  So I looked on her screen and she was listening to Pandora while she was doing her homework.  She had three channels; The Shout Out Louds, The Shins, and Belle and Sebastian.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dissing Digg... Why?  —  Earlier this morning, while checking out Techmeme, one story that caught my eye was "Kevin Rose Admitting Digg Has Moderators."  The whole brouhaha is around the fact a story with a single Digg can make it to the front page of Digg.com, and the evidence that was presented …
Discussion: Jay & Silent Rob
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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
 
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CNET News.com:
Security adviser: Cyberthreats keep growing
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
 Earlier Items: 
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Blogs Onebox
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
OriginalSignal Relaunches With Big Changes
Discussion: Download Squad
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Cogmap - The Wikipedia of Organization Charts?
Discussion: Download Squad
Google Blogoscoped:
Several Indented Result Snippets
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
PS3 broken straight out of the box
Discussion: You NEWB and digg