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10:35 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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Google Answers  —  Wow.  Google is shutting down its Google Answers service.  The company has announced that new questions won't be accepted after the New Year, though the site will continue to let people view the question archives.  Killing off the service, which never seemed to catch on much …
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Answers Shuts Down
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
BitWine Gives Access To Those In The Know
Discussion: 21talks
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 …
Discussion: PaidContent
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Deals, Big Money for BitTorrent?  —  Updated: BitTorrent has signed partnerships with major media companies like 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Starz Media and Comedy Central.  These deals with the established media are perhaps a sign why the company is being able to raise more money.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Plans to Test Online Films  —  The decade-old DVD moved two small steps closer yesterday to technology's endangered-species list.  —  Wal-Mart, the country's largest seller of movies, announced that next year it will begin testing a video download service on its Web site.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Seeking Alpha
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Paramount, 20th Century Fox embrace BitTorrent
Discussion: Things That
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Walmart Bundles Digital Downloads With Physical DVDs
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Wes Felter says that "most people" don't want to connect their computers to a TV.  Well, most people, in the day in horses and buggies, didn't want to ride in an internal combustion engine-driven mobility device, but today it's impossible to live in modern society without using the darned things.
Discussion: StrayPackets
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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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
IAC to tie together local info services, says CEO  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - IAC/InterActiveCorp.  (IACI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will unveil next week a new local information service that combines Web search, city guides, maps and event listings, in one of the conglomerate's broadest moves yet …
Discussion: SearchViews and ClickZ News Blog
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Reuters:
IAC/InterActiveCorp Plans Local Web Sites
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
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.
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."
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
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Who Wants to Be a Virtual World Millionaire?  —  So, it's semi-official: the Second Life avatar known as Anshe Chung, featured in a recent BusinessWeek profile of SL, is now worth over $1 million dollars.  The news has already stormed through the blogosphere (as here, here, and first scooped here) …
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Free Office 2007 Professional & Windows Vista DVDs from Microsoft
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
MTV's Niches: From Headbangers to Bible-Thumpers
Discussion: PaidContent and AdJab
David Wallace / SearchRank Blog:
SEO/SEM Trivia - How Well Do You Know It's Stars?
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Patent ruling threatens Microsoft Office
Arno / Arno's Blog:
The Design of the Mac OS X Shutdown Feature
oxm.co.uk:
Double Dragon punches towards Xbox Live Arcade
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Consumers Uninterested in Zune
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
First Amendment & Video Games Score: Gamers 10, Censors 0
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News.com
 Earlier Items: 
SeekingAlpha Wireless Stocks:
Qualcomm's Empire Is Under Siege
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
Google's Top Secret Advertising Network
Reuters:
Universal Music may seek royalty deal with iPod
Discussion: PaidContent and The Apple Blog
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Russia Poised to Shutter AllofMP3
Discussion: PaidContent
Meridith Levinson / CIO.com:
Windows vs. Linux vs. OS X
EFF: Breaking News:
EFF Accepts Barney's Surrender
Christopher Elliott / New York Times:
The Socket Seekers  —  Just when travelers thought they had run …