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9:30 PM ET, November 28, 2006

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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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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
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Walled Garden, Not Going Away  —  Fred Wilson's assessment of the YouTube-Verizon Wireless deal is spot on.  The limited amount of YouTube inventory over Verizon wireless network and devices, "violates the entire ethos of YouTube, not free, not open, exclusive, no community, limited …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to feature YouTube videos
Discussion: The Tech Report and TechSpot
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Kate Norton / Business Week:
Private Equity May Give EMI a Spin  —  The music company's shares surged Tuesday on news of a potential takeover bid  —  EMI has got a new suitor — and long-suffering shareholders of the world's third-largest music company are overjoyed.  Shares soared more than 11% in U.K. trading …
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 …
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.
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
WHY ISN'T INTERNET ACCESS FREE FOR TRAVELERS?  —  I have been traveling quite a bit lately and have had to rely on public Internet access.  Much to my dismay I have found that most hotels and airports still do not offer free Internet access.  Why isn't airport and hotel Internet access a standard free feature?
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
Crave Talk: Why do all our gadgets break?  —  Those among you suffering from seasonal affective disorder-induced nostalgia may find yourselves dragging old friends back into the dim winter light this month.  For me it was an old IBM XT that has lain dormant in the garage for eleven years.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Presto: Because Computers Scare Old People  —  A silicon valley startup called Presto has quietly launched a new service aimed at people who don't currently have Internet access, but want to be able to receive emails and photos from loved ones.  It combines a special printer produced …
Discussion: CrunchGear, ALLIED and digg
 
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Reuters:
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Jason Dobson / Gamasutra:
Nintendo: 600,000 Wii, 454,000 Zelda Sold In First Eight Days
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CNET News.com:
Supreme Court to examine 'obviousness' of patents