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8:40 AM ET, November 29, 2006

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Official Google Blog:
Adieu to Google Answers  —  Google is a company fueled by innovation, which to us means trying lots of new things all the time — and sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a product.  Later this week, we will stop accepting new questions in Google Answers, the very first project we worked on here.
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
BitWine Gives Access To Those In The Know
Discussion: 21talks
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Answers Shuts Down
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.
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Mike / Techdirt:   MPAA Home Theater Regulation Satire Hits Too Close To Home
BBC:
Voluntary code for blogs 'needed'  —  Blogs and other internet sites should be covered by a voluntary code of practice similar to that for newspapers in the UK, a conference has been told.  —  Press Complaints Commission director Tim Toulmin said he opposed government regulation of the internet …
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 …
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Sarah Jane Tribble / Mercury News:
YouTube in deal with Verizon
Discussion: Engadget, VentureBeat and PaidContent
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
A Little Ditty about Web Video and HDTV  —  This is an HDTV christmas.  HDTV pricings are dropping, while the size of the screens gets bigger.  Its a trend that isnt going to stop.  In fact, some think that 70" LCD will be the norm in 5 years.  —  What does that have to do with Web Video ?
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Wes Felter says that "most people" don't want to connect their computers to a TV.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Money for BitTorrent?  —  Sources say BitTorrent, the company trying to monetize the peer-to-peer distribution software of the same name, is close to raising a substantial round of funding.  The round is estimated to be at least $15 million and could be as high as $25 million.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Walmart Bundles Digital Downloads With Physical DVDs  —  Wal-mart sold an option for a digital download with the purchase of the "Superman Returns" DVD when the movie went on sale today.  This is the store's first foray into the digital movie business.  —  According to CNN …
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USA Today:
What would techies do with a newspaper?  First, they'd make it all digital  —  Over the past month, I've asked a number of Internet entrepreneurs and thinkers a pretty simple question: If you owned a newspaper, what would you do with it?  —  OK, we'll discount the smarty-pants quips I got …
SecurityFocus:
Bot spreads through antivirus, Windows flaws  —  Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus 2006-11-28  —  University security experts warned administrators on Monday that a bot program has started to spread by exploiting five patched Microsoft vulnerabilities and a six-month-old flaw in Symantec's antivirus software.
Discussion: George Ou and InfoWorld Tech Watch
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Second Life's Anshe Chung makes a million  —  Anshe Chung, a seemingly Donald Trump-like character in the online world Second Life who develops and sells virtual real estate (but with much better hair), said Tuesday that she's become Second Life's first millionaire.
pulitzer.org:
Pulitzer Board Widens Range of Online Journalism in Entries  —  The Pulitzer Prize Board announced today that newspapers may now submit a full array of online material-such as databases, interactive graphics, and streaming video-in nearly all of its journalism categories.
Business Wire:
BitTorrent Strikes Digital Download Deals with 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount and Starz Media  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform …
Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
How To: Consolize an arcade game  —  Every so often, that console-modding Benjamin Heckendorn wanders away from his lair at benheck.com to share some interesting projects with Engadget.  —  If you're like us, you probably have many fond memories of playing arcade games in your younger days.
Discussion: digg
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Russia Agrees To US Request To Shut Down AllofMP3.com  —  An official document posted to Digg today summarizes an agreement between the U.S. and Russia in which Russia has agreed to close down AllofMP3.com, and any sites that "permit illegal distribution of music and other copyright works."
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
First Amendment & Video Games Score: Gamers 10, Censors 0  —  When are state and local lawmakers going to stop wasting taxpayer dollars with unnecessary regulatory enactments and fruitless lawsuits aimed at censoring video games?  I ask because this week the video game industry added yet …
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News.com
oxm.co.uk:
Double Dragon punches towards Xbox Live Arcade  —  Retro fighter leads new downloadable games  —  If maximum volume hair, denim cut-off jackets and a relentless fist-fight sounds like a good evening out to you, Xbox Live Arcade could well save you an ASBO!
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Russia Poised to Shutter AllofMP3  —  AllofMP3.com will likely be shut down by Russian authorities as part of its entrance into the World Trade Organization (WTO).  But the site is fighting back, providing a legal argument for its continued operation.  —  A document released by the Office …
Discussion: PaidContent
 
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