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4:15 AM ET, November 29, 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, PaidContent and VentureBeat
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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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Walmart Bundles Digital Downloads With Physical DVDs
Discussion: The Blog Herald
PR Newswire:
/C O R R E C T I O N — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc./
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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?
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 …
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
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."
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,
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: Scripting News and Scobleizer
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 …
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."
 
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Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Money for BitTorrent?
Discussion: Valleywag
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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Reuters:
Universal Music may seek royalty deal with iPod
Discussion: PaidContent and The Apple Blog
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Reuters:
Yahoo China head quits after barely 40 days
Discussion: PaidContent and CNNMoney.com
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Court sides with alleged 'vacation' spammer
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Duck Amuck and the Takedown Gun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Reuters:
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Michael Flaherty / Reuters:
Diller says Internet valuations inflated
Kate Norton / Business Week:
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