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8:30 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".
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
FeedCycle: Smarter Serialized Stories
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.
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Web 2.0 isn't Jargon  —  Every once in a while I read something …
Discussion: Mad Techie Woman
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
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.
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.
PRWeb:
Mobile Adult Content Market to Grow to $3.3bn by 2011, Driven by a Strong European Market and New Products for Casual Users.  —  The mobile adult content market is forecast to grow from its 2006 level of $1.4 billion to over $3.3 billion by 2011 according to Juniper Research latest study.
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.
Forbes:
BT to launch IPTV service on Monday UPDATE  —  LONDON (AFX) - BT Group, the UK's incumbent telecoms carrier, will launch its long-awaited internet television service next Monday, according to a spokesman for the company.  —  The BT Vision offering will allow the group's broadband customers watch …
Discussion: PaidContent and TVover.net
Valleywag:
Second Life hucksters  —  Linden Lab's online community, in which participants' avatars chat, and trade virtual goods such as artworks and real estate, has fed on the credulity of the press.  Ooh, the world's first virtual Reuters correspondent!  A virtual land baroness!  Online marketers discover Second Life!
 
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Is It News...or Is It an Ad?  —  With 'in-text' advertising, it isn't always easy to tell
Alissa J. Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Paris makeover climbs a notch with 'le Wi-Fi'
Reuters:
Italy investigating Google over bullying video
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Q&A On Google's Belgium News Agreements
 Earlier Items: 
UverseUsers.com:
HD Rollout Begins in San Antonio - UPDATED
Erik Selberg:
General disarray at The Big 3
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are VoIP Service Providers Making a Comeback?
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Sites Have Caught on to Social Shopping, But Have Shoppers?
Discussion: David Galbraith
Christophe Guillemin / CNET News.com:
French parliament dumping Windows for Linux
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Seeking Alpha:
The Ten Best Internet Acquisitions Ever
Discussion: Screenwerk, Glass House and digg
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple tablet coming soon?
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
More-Savvy Web Retailers Expect More Holiday Profits
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot