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6:20 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
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
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.
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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:
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.
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
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."
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.
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
Reuters:
IAC/InterActiveCorp Plans Local Web Sites  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp, the Internet media conglomerate headed by Barry Diller, plans to introduce a local information service next week that combines Web search, city guides, maps and event listings, in one of the company's broadest moves yet to combine its assets, Mr. Diller said yesterday.
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Michael Flaherty / Reuters:
Diller says Internet valuations inflated
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
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.
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?
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,
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 …
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Samsung launching YP-K3, little bro to the K5
Discussion: Anything But iPod and I4U News
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
First Amendment & Video Games Score: Gamers 10, Censors 0
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News.com
SeekingAlpha Wireless Stocks:
Qualcomm's Empire Is Under Siege
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
Google's Top Secret Advertising Network
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Supreme Court won't hear Microsoft appeal
Reuters:
Universal Music may seek royalty deal with iPod
Discussion: PaidContent and The Apple Blog
Dan Lurie / Download Squad:
Microsoft Gets Desperate - Free Vista Business, Office Pro 2007
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Platial Launches TourMapper: More MySpace Maps
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
A Little Ditty about Web Video and HDTV
Discussion: Scripting News and Scobleizer
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Court sides with alleged 'vacation' spammer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Presto: Because Computers Scare Old People
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
TiVo Tries Fresh DVR Ad Approach
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google Radio EXCLUSIVE: Audio Ads in pictures!
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity closely summarized a Wired story about Perplexity allegedly scraping parts of websites blocked by developers; experts are mixed on the legal impacts

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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