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9:55 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.
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Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to feature YouTube videos
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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 …
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 …
Meridith Levinson / CIO.com:
Windows vs. Linux vs. OS X  —  A celebrity CIO reviews the desktop operating system contenders in search  —  of the next-generation office computer  —  Final Conclusion: Which Operating System Wins?  —  Macs Could Make an Enterprise Move  —  After three months of experimentation and comparison,
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?
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 …
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A Little Ditty about Web Video and HDTV
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Reuters:
Yahoo China head quits after barely 40 days
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sniffing out Microsoft's 'OS in the cloud' skunk-works project
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple and ViewSonic to unveil 17-inch widescreen LCD monitors soon
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and digg
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Zemble Your Friends To Text Spam
Discussion: Screenwerk
Shawn / Shawn Hogan Fan Club:
Google Christmas Present
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Alerts Tutorial To Help You Stay Ahead of the Curve
Jason Dobson / Gamasutra:
Nintendo: 600,000 Wii, 454,000 Zelda Sold In First Eight Days
Discussion: Business Filter, Slashdot and digg
CNET News.com:
Supreme Court to examine 'obviousness' of patents