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12:25 PM ET, November 27, 2006

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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 …
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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Time to Rename the Cell Phone?  —  They're not just for making calls, and they don't have a lot to do with cells.  Maybe it's time to name the ubiquitous gadget something else  —  You see them everywhere.  The minute the plane hits the tarmac, someone whips one out.
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
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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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple tablet coming soon?  —  It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the concept of an Apple tablet.  It would be a great machine for commuting, allowing me to keep up with news and email on-the-go.  New reports indicate that Apple may be close to releasing such a beast in 2007.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Mac Tablet with Docking Station in 2007?
Tim Arango / Fortune:
Beatles: only on iPod?  —  After years of refusing to make the move to MP3, the Beatles may give Steve Jobs' iTunes an exclusive, reports Fortune's Tim Arango.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Click on the iTunes music store and punch in "Beatles" under artist search.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Christopher Mason / New York Times:
Web Tool Said to Offer Way Past the Government Censor  —  Deep in a basement lab at the University of Toronto a team of political scientists, software engineers and computer-hacking activists, or "hactivists," have created the latest, and some say most advanced tool yet in allowing Internet users …
Discussion: Infothought
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 …
Reuters:
Size matters  —  DisplaySearch forecasts that the plasma TV market will start shrinking in 2009 after hitting $24 billion in 2008, while it sees LCD TV demand reaching $75 billion in 2008 and $93 billion in 2010 - a trend that will likely make companies offering both LCD and plasma lines think twice about their strategy.
Discussion: Microsoft 10
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.
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
 
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Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Fighting Fraudulent Transactions
Discussion: NetWizard's Blog
Andrew Curry / Wired News:
German Politics Goes to the Vlogs
Discussion: IP Democracy
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Second Life's First Millionaire
Discussion: Valleywag and Terra Nova
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Army Game Proves U.S. Can't Lose
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google shuts down Gaia efforts with cease and desist
Discussion: Ogle Earth
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SunRocket, Happy To Be Number 2
Penni Crabtree / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Good old days gone for biotech
John Markoff / New York Times:
Xerox Seeks Erasable Form of Paper for Copiers
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com building out connector ecosystem
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Rojas MP3 Player
Discussion: CrunchGear and Scripting News
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Telling Tales Out of School, on YouTube
Discussion: The Utube Blog and Reel Pop
BBC:
No copyright extension for songs
Observer:
After YouTube and MySpace, what next? …
Discussion: MediaVidea and Mark Evans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Forbes Video Interview With Digg CEO
Justin Murray / Joystiq:
Resistance = 17.75GB of garbage? [update 1]
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
MIT profs create autonomous UAVs