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7:00 PM ET, November 28, 2006

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
YouTube Coming Soon to Cellphones  —  YouTube is coming to mobile phones — or, to be more precise, a small slice of YouTube is coming to some Verizon Wireless phones.  —  While its explosively popular Web site is free, YouTube's phone-based version will require a $15-a-month subscription to a Verizon Wireless service called VCast.
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Missing the Big Picture  —  We're supposed to be excited that our mobile phones are getting to be more and more like mobile TVs, thanks to developments like Verizon Wireless's just-announced deal to bring YouTube videos to its V Cast service.  —  Forgive me if I'm less than thrilled.
Sarah Jane Tribble / Mercury News:
YouTube in deal with Verizon  —  YouTube plans to announce a deal with Verizon Wireless today to bring user-submitted videos from the Web to mobile phone customers nationwide, marking the biggest marriage yet between a video Web service and mobile phone carrier.
Discussion: Engadget and PaidContent
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to feature YouTube videos  —  NEW YORK - YouTube videos will be viewable on cell phones for the first time under a deal with Verizon Wireless, which will also allow users to upload videos shot with their camera phones.  —  The partnership to be announced Tuesday marks …
Discussion: The Tech Report and TechSpot
Parija B. Kavilanz / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart launches digital movie downloads  —  Retailer kicks off its own video downloads service beginning with an exclusive 'Superman Returns' DVD bundle.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart Stores on Tuesday announced the launch its own video downloads service beginning with an exclusive …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Bubble Burst 2.0  —  In the late 90s, the period of irrational exuberance, we knew the end would come, and we knew what the end would look like — a stock market crash of the dotcom sector.  So, if Web 2.0 is a bubble, and if like all bubbles it bursts, how will we know when it happens?
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google Radio EXCLUSIVE: Audio Ads in pictures!  —  Google is nearing its one year anniversary of the dMarc Broadcasting acqusition, purchased to further Google's mission to bring "targeted, measurable advertising" to the entire world, including radio.  —  Google is also nearing its promised launch date for Google Audio Ads "beta."
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
TiVo Tries Fresh DVR Ad Approach  —  NEW YORK TiVo upped its efforts to include advertising in its digital video recording service with its most intrusive effort to date.  The company will embed ads after a recorded program plays.  —  The graphical ad unit, which TiVo calls a "program placement …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Why Aggregation & Context and Not (Necessarily) Content are King in Entertainment  —  Bear Stearns analyst Spencer Wang has come out with a report on, well, Long Tail, but this one focuses on what he calls the mid part of the content and distribution value chain, where he sees the most value in the long run …
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Christopher Elliott / New York Times:
The Socket Seekers  —  Just when travelers thought they had run out of things to complain about at the airport, their fading laptops and cellphones have signaled yet another problem: a shortage of power outlets.  —  Airport concourses, particularly older ones, were never known for their abundance of electrical sockets.
Scott Small / BBspot:
MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations  —  Los Angeles , CA - The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal.  The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home.
Michael Flaherty / Reuters:
Diller says Internet valuations inflated  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - IAC/InterActiveCorp.  (IACI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is staying on the sidelines for now in terms of big acquisitions as many Internet sector companies are overpriced, Chief Executive Barry Diller said on Monday.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Court sides with alleged 'vacation' spammer  —  When antispam activist Mark Mumma received unsolicited e-mails advertising cruise vacations two years ago, he posted a report on his Web site and threatened to sue Omega World Travel.  —  But Mumma met with an unpleasant surprise …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Shawn / Shawn Hogan Fan Club:
Google Christmas Present  —  I received my first Christmas card this year... and it was from Google.  It's a digital photo frame... pretty cool if you ask me.  —  Comes with a mini USB cable, power cord, batteries, and an international power adapter.  The international power adapter will really come in handy for some other stuff.
Barry / New Scientist Invention blog:
Body-wired headphones  —  Sony's Tokyo research lab has found a way to connect headphones to portable music and video players without the need for fiddly wiring.  They simply feed an audio signal straight through the listener's body.  —  Existing wireless headphones use Bluetooth radio …
Mike / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Refuses Another Microsoft Patent Appeal  —  from the end-of-the-line-on-this-one dept  —  While the Supreme Court has taken a more active interest in patents lately, it hasn't worked out to Microsoft's benefit lately.  Just as the court is about to finally hear arguments …
Jo Best / silicon.com:
Google: 'iPod will hold all the world's TV in 12 years'  —  The future of music inspires the future of mobile  —  The idea of fitting your entire music collection into a single device the size of a packet of cigarettes might have seemed outlandish 15 years ago.  But that was before the iPod.
EFF: Breaking News:
EFF Accepts Barney's Surrender  —  Purple Dinosaur Backs Off and Pays Up; Free Speech Rights Preserved  —  San Francisco - The corporate owners of the popular children's television character Barney the Purple Dinosaur have agreed to withdraw their baseless legal threats against a website publisher …
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple and ViewSonic to unveil 17-inch widescreen LCD monitors soon  —  LCD vendors such as ViewSonic and Apple are set to launch 17-inch widescreen LCD monitors by year-end or the first quarter of 2007, according to industry sources.  —  LCD monitor vendors expect 17-inch widescreen monitors …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
 
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Reuters:
Yahoo China head quits after barely 40 days
Discussion: PaidContent and CNNMoney.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sniffing out Microsoft's 'OS in the cloud' skunk-works project
Online NewsHour:
Philadelphia Spends $63 Million to Build 'School of the Future'
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Cropping Pictures with Adobe Photoshop Can Be Dangerous
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Old-School Sponsorship From a Digital-Era Company
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
Crave Talk: Why do all our gadgets break?
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Duck Amuck and the Takedown Gun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Presto: Because Computers Scare Old People
Discussion: CrunchGear, ALLIED and digg
 Earlier Items: 
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Private Equity May Give EMI a Spin
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Zemble Your Friends To Text Spam
Discussion: Screenwerk
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Cingular Premier customers can pre-order BlackBerry Pearl
Discussion: CrunchGear
Reuters:
'9 out of 10 e-mails now spam'  —  LONDON, England (Reuters) …
Andrew Schmitt / nyquistcapital.com:
Squirrels Ate My FiOS
Discussion: GigaOM and TVover.net
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Wii, PS3, Xbox 360... does the Mac matter for games?