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10:40 AM ET, November 27, 2006

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BBC:
Online video 'eroding TV viewing'  —  The online video boom is starting to eat into TV viewing time, an ICM survey of 2,070 people for the BBC suggests.  —  Some 43% of Britons who watch video from the internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they watched less normal TV as a result.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
The Air Is Free, and Sometimes So Are the Phone Calls That Borrow It  —  Gary Schaffer looked out his window here last week to discover a reporter standing on his lawn, pirating his wireless Internet access to test a new mobile phone.  —  The phone, made by Belkin, is one of several …
David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
Apple Mac Tablet PC With Docking Station In 07  —  Apple researchers have built a full working prototype of a Mac tablet PC and three Companies in Taiwan are now costing a product for a potential launch in mid 2007.  —  Sources in Taiwan have said that the focus has been more on the home …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Mac Tablet with Docking Station in 2007?
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Why Web 2.0 is more than a buzzword  —  Many people hate the phrase "Web 2.0" even more than they hate what they believe it represents.  No, that's not quite right... many people hate the phrase precisely because they think it represents nothing.  Or they're annoyed by the idea of a web version number.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Enterprise Web 2.0
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source Gift Guide  —  Over on makezine, Phil Torrone has created a fabulous Open Source Gift Guide.  He writes: … Here is my suggestion for the friend who already has everything: make a donation in their name to one of the many great organizations that work tirelessly to support …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
More-Savvy Web Retailers Expect More Holiday Profits  —  NEARLY a decade into the e-commerce era, the growth in online holiday shopping has shown few signs of slowing down, executives and analysts said.  Fueled by Web searches for iPods, Elmos, gift cards and video game consoles …
Discussion: TechBlog, BlogHer and Slashdot
Louise Armitstead / Times of London:
Media group to release grip on PR Newswire  —  THE private-equity group Apax is planning a bid for PR Newswire (PRN), the highly profitable press-release distribution business that constitutes one of the biggest parts of United Business Media (UBM).  —  The London-based private- equity house …
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Reuters:
Apax said planning 500 million bid for UBM's PRN
Discussion: PaidContent
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SunRocket, Happy To Be Number 2  —  It should hardly come as a surprise that we remain highly skeptical of the competitive voice service provider business, especially in light of recent shutdowns and overt reliance on discount pricing as a lure for the customers.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Nick / Rough Type:
SaaS adoption set to explode  —  Large companies appear to be jumping en masse onto the software-as-a-service bandwagon, according to a new survey of CIOs by management consultants McKinsey & Company.  The survey found that 61% of North American companies with sales over $1 billion plan …
Discussion: deal architect
John Markoff / New York Times:
Xerox Seeks Erasable Form of Paper for Copiers  —  During the 1970s, researchers at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center explored a software technique called "garbage collection" used for recycling computer memory.  The technique allowed the automatic reuse of blocks of memory that were storing unused programs and data.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Shoveling on Digg  —  As much as I like the idea of Digg—a site where a community chooses the most interesting or relevant news—I must confess that I just don't use it that much.  The reason became obvious once I started using Google Reader, which streams new RSS posts from all my chosen feeds as they come in.
Discussion: textually.org, Tasers and Scobleizer
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE RISE OF "FREECONOMICS"  —  It's a big day for Moore's Law.  I'm not sure anyone else has noticed this, but by my calculations we have in the past few months reached the penny-per-MIPS* milestone.  Intel's Core Duo running at 2.13 GHz now costs around $200 at retail (it's around $180 at volume), but can do about 20,000 MIPS.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com building out connector ecosystem  —  Salesforce.com's latest ecosystem expansion is focused on AppConnect, an extension of the AppExchange marketplace for connectors that integrate its platform with a variety of applications and services, including ERP systems, Web services, desktop applications and middleware.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Rojas MP3 Player  —  In my "what next" blog post last week I put in an inside joke about starting a gadget company with Peter designing the products.  Peter picked up on it and now others are pinging me about it—but taking it seriously.  —  So, that leads me to the question …
Discussion: Scripting News
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Telling Tales Out of School, on YouTube  —  In the good old days, students simply used technology like cellphones to cheat on tests.  Now, they're posting what happens in their classrooms on YouTube.  —  Two students who attend the equivalent of Grade 9 at a school in Gatineau, Quebec …
Discussion: Reel Pop and The Utube Blog
Alan Parekh / Hacked Gadgets:
Making the Sonar Blu Ray Wicked Laser  —  By now I am sure all of you have heard about Blu Ray players.  The heart of this innovative device is a special high power laser.  Wicked Lasers is striving to bring cutting edge products to their customers.  Steve over at Wicked Lasers was kind enough …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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Justin Murray / Joystiq:
Resistance = 17.75GB of garbage? [update 1]
 
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google shuts down Gaia efforts with cease and desist
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Good old days gone for biotech
BBC:
No copyright extension for songs
Observer:
After YouTube and MySpace, what next? …
Discussion: MediaVidea and Mark Evans
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Forbes Video Interview With Digg CEO
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MIT profs create autonomous UAVs
Google Blogoscoped:
Archive.org Founder Criticizes Google Book Scanning (Video)
Discussion: Googlified