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12:10 AM ET, November 28, 2006

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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
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 …
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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".
Discussion: emarketer.com
BBC:
Online video 'eroding TV viewing'
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
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
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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 …
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
Neil Long / MCV:
Microsoft readies 360 price cut  —  Microsoft's Robbie Bach has revealed that the firm's priority is bringing the Xbox 360's hardware costs down - and believes that Sony won't be able to compete when it cuts the console's retail price.  —  In a report by Next-gen.biz, president of entertainment …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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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.
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.
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
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:
Three reasons why Digg gets its numbers wrong  —  Digg is by any measure, an extremely successful news site.  The audience, many of whom also submit and vote upon stories, has expanded more than five-fold in a year, according to Comscore.  Kevin Rose, the founder, is charmingly unassuming.
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Social Newspapers  —  I'm usually a bit skeptical about the concept of social networks.  They seem to work best only with certain (young) demographics, and they seem to lose favor with their audiences rather quickly (cf.  Friendster, Tribe and Orkut).  I've never quite found a practical use for LinkedIn (and I'm not alone).
Discussion: yelvington.com and media blog
Wall Street Journal:
Is It News...or Is It an Ad?  —  With 'in-text' advertising, it isn't always easy to tell  —  Last month, FoxNews.com ran an article about Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert's postelection prospects.  In the story, the words "house," "speaker" and "leadership" were underlined twice.
EFF: Breaking News:
EFF Fights to Shield Email from Secret Government Searches  —  Email Deserves Same Constitutional Protections as Phone Calls, Postal Mail  —  San Francisco - The government must have a search warrant before it can search and seize emails stored by email service providers …
 
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Joe Barr / Linux.com:
openSUSE holds public IRC Q&A on Microsoft/Novell deal
Discussion: NewsForge and Slashdot
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
TuitionCoach: Tuition Planning Site Is Good Birth Control
Discussion: VentureBeat
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Digg Sends Cease and Desist to DiggDot.us
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Laszlo To Release a WebOS
Zune-Online.com:
Zune on Mac OS X and Linux
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Transcript of Interview With Microsoft CEO Ballmer
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Optimus 103 keyboard to feature B&W displays
Discussion: TechSpot
Alissa J. Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Paris makeover climbs a notch with 'le Wi-Fi'
 Earlier Items: 
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Web 2.0 isn't Jargon  —  Every once in a while I read something …
UverseUsers.com:
HD Rollout Begins in San Antonio - UPDATED
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are VoIP Service Providers Making a Comeback?
PRWeb:
Mobile Adult Content Market to Grow to $3.3bn by 2011, Driven …
Valleywag:
Second Life hucksters
Christophe Guillemin / CNET News.com:
French parliament dumping Windows for Linux
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Time to Rename the Cell Phone?