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10:50 PM 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.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube vs TV  —  YouTube and other online video sites are stealing viewers away from TV in the UK, according to a report by the BBC today.  43% of online video viewers said they watch less TV as a result of YouTube and similar sites, while 20% of those say they watch "a lot less".
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Just Declare TV Dead and Move On  —  A new poll in the UK shows that people who watch online videos tend to watch less television.  It looks like they didn't take into account that people with broadband Internet connections in general watch less television, so the poll …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Dan Blank
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE HAS MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER NOW  —  Herewith the story of my attempts to buy a Dora the Explorer Mr. Face Plush Backpack from ToysRUs using Google Checkout.  In short, Google now has my credit card number.  (It's one I use for testing, however).  It feels kind of odd, to be honest.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Roundup: Google's offensive, and other post-Thanksgiving offers and deals & more
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 …
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BBC:
Web censorship 'bypass' unveiled  —  A tool has been created capable of circumventing government censorship of the web, according to researchers.  —  The free program has been constructed to let citizens of countries with restricted web access retrieve and display web pages from anywhere.
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
Open Sourcing My TechCrunch Work Flow  —  Yesterday was my last day at TechCrunch.  It's been a good run but I'm excited to get back into consulting for non profit organizations and startup businesses.  This is a post about how I did my research while writing for TechCrunch …
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.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Second Life's First Millionaire  —  Anshe Chung, the virtual land baroness that I highlighted in my cover story earlier this year, My Virtual Life, has apparently become the first millionaire in Second Life.  That's millionaire in real U.S. dollars.  Her real-world persona, Ailin Graef …
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Dean Takahashi / AEI:
An Interview With Robbie Bach  —  A couple of weeks ago, Mercury News staff writer Troy Wolverton and I sat down with Robbie Bach for a one-hour joint interview in San Francisco.  I finally got around to transcribing all of the game-related questions as well as some of the Zune questions.
Discussion: Engadget, Joystiq, Kotaku and You NEWB
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Neil Long / MCV:
Microsoft readies 360 price cut
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Chris Pirillo:
YouTube vs. Google Video vs. Revver  —  The idea here is that you have to press play on the following videos (in vertical order) so that they all stream to you at the same time.  You may need to adjust the volume on each respective network, though.  Press play on the top (YouTube) video …
Discussion: InsideGoogle and MSTechToday
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 …
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
10 OS X Apps You Might Not Know About But Should  —  Over the past couple of years of running The Apple Blog, I've tried out literally thousands of applications.  A lot have been great apps that I still use today, but infinitely more have just been plain bad.  I know I'm not the only one who's experienced this.
Christophe Guillemin / CNET News.com:
French parliament dumping Windows for Linux  —  France's gendarmes and Ministry of Culture and Communication have done it, and now members of the country's parliarment are about to switch to open source.  —  Starting in June 2007, PCs in French deputes' offices will be equipped …
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Doodirock / The Older Gamers Paradise:
The Day I Walked Out On the PS3  —  A story of how this gamer decided buying a Wii was the only choice for him, even when four PS3 consoles were available.  —  Today I decided it was time to finally go out and buy a Nintendo Wii.  I had already missed buying one at the launch because I thought …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
UverseUsers.com:
HD Rollout Begins in San Antonio - UPDATED  —  UPDATE: All 30 HD channels are now fully functional!  —  We recently received some great pictures of U-verse HD in action here in the heart of San Antonio.  As of this morning, several channels have been added to the guide …
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Forbes:
BT to launch IPTV service on Monday UPDATE
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Zune-Online.com:
Zune on Mac OS X and Linux
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Social Newspapers  —  I'm usually a bit skeptical about the concept of social networks.
Discussion: yelvington.com and media blog
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Transcript of Interview With Microsoft CEO Ballmer
Valleywag:
Three reasons why Digg gets its numbers wrong
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Is It News...or Is It an Ad?  —  With 'in-text' advertising, it isn't always easy to tell
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Web 2.0 isn't Jargon  —  Every once in a while I read something …
Discussion: Mad Techie Woman
Erik Selberg:
General disarray at The Big 3
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are VoIP Service Providers Making a Comeback?
PRWeb:
Mobile Adult Content Market to Grow to $3.3bn by 2011, Driven …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Sites Have Caught on to Social Shopping, But Have Shoppers?
Discussion: David Galbraith
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple tablet coming soon?
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Time to Rename the Cell Phone?