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11:40 PM ET, November 28, 2006

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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 …
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Sarah Jane Tribble / Mercury News:
YouTube in deal with Verizon
Discussion: Engadget and PaidContent
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Better Options than Verizon-YouTube Lite
Discussion: A VC and Gizmodo
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Verizon Wireless to feature YouTube videos
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?
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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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Russia Agrees To US Request To Shut Down AllofMP3.com
Discussion: Techdirt
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."
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.
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 …
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 …
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 ?
Discussion: Scobleizer
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: Mickeleh's Take, ALLIED, CrunchGear and digg
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,
 
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Reuters:
Universal Music may seek royalty deal with iPod
Discussion: The Apple Blog and PaidContent
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Platial Launches TourMapper: More MySpace Maps
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Stickis Launches Syndicated Web Annotator
Discussion: Webware.com
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Duck Amuck and the Takedown Gun
Reuters:
Zimbabwe army says cell phones danger to security
Discussion: Techdirt and 27B Stroke 6
Kate Norton / Business Week:
Private Equity May Give EMI a Spin
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
WHY ISN'T INTERNET ACCESS FREE FOR TRAVELERS?
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple and ViewSonic to unveil 17-inch widescreen LCD monitors soon
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and digg
Barry / New Scientist Invention blog:
Body-wired headphones  —  Sony's Tokyo research lab has found …
Jo Best / silicon.com:
Google: 'iPod will hold all the world's TV in 12 years'
Andrew Schmitt / nyquistcapital.com:
Squirrels Ate My FiOS
Discussion: GigaOM and TVover.net