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8:15 PM 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 …
Valleywag:
Answers deleted  —  What a relief.  Google is finally trimming its product line, closing down Google Answers.  This is, as far as I can tell, the first time the search company has ever shuttered a service, if one doesn't count Google X, a Google search page redesigned in the style …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:   Google Answers Shuts Down; Yahoo! Answers Up and Running
Hitwise US:
Charting Answers  —  I woke this morning to Danny Sullivan's …
Discussion: Mashable! and Googlified
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 …
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Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
BitTorrent cuts online video deals  —  In the latest volley in the growing battle to distribute movies, television shows and other video content online, BitTorrent plans to announce deals today with Paramount, MTV Networks, 20th Century Fox and several smaller studios.
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.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
BitTorrent set to unveil deals with studios
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)  —  If you want additional proof that we're in a bubble, here it is: young people are trying to get into the venture capital business again.  I get several emails a week along these lines: … They see a wonderful job: going to cocktail parties …
Discussion: engtech, shmula, Global Nerdy and digg
David Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
Don't cry for the Zune just yet  —  Microsoft's challenger to the iPod takes second place in digital audio player market in first sales week, according to report.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Reports of lackluster sales of Microsoft's Zune that surfaced earlier this week might be a bit premature.
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) …
blog.memeorandum.com:
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Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Looking for a copy editor in a crunch  —  By now, it's pretty widely accepted that even the most widely read and well-respected of blogs abide by a different set of standards than traditional journalism.  One of those is, in many cases, the elimination of the traditional editorial conveyor belt.
Discussion: The Gong Show and CrunchNotes
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Dave Nabs Xbox 360 For $200 (Sort Of)  —  While I often live on the bleeding edge of technology, there are occasions when I'm content to wait.  As a casual gamer, I didn't pick up the Xbox 360 last year and I waited to try all three next gen systems before making a purchase.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Eric Jackson / Breakout Performance:
Laying Odds on Semel's Successor for the Corner Cube at Yahoo!  —  After the pre-turkey "Peanut Butter" memo, speculation is swirling on who's in the running for Terry Semel's corner cube in Sunnyvale.  —  Here are Breakout Performance's odds on the front-runners:  — Susan Decker: 3 - 2.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
Like I Care  —  ON THE INTERNET, EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU'RE A DOG.  —  The first person I knew who had a Web site of his own was a fellow Washington journalist.  This was when many journalists were still just getting into e-mail, but the URL for this Web site quickly circulated around town and around the world.
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Group Texting Site  —  Yahoo! is getting in on the group text messaging biz with the launch of their new site, Mixd.  TechCrunch was tipped off to the site's existence today but we have not been able to determine how long it has been live.  —  Mixd allows users to set …
Reuters:
Time Warner plans movie downloads in 2007  —  Largest media company says consumers will be able to burn downloaded movies onto DVDs; CEO Parsons says he's not counting out a political career.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Time Warner Inc.'s digital businesses will see improvements in 2007 …
 
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Me? I'm between jobs until the Zune incentive program rolls out
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Lifehacker:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Switched On: A Pearl in the Palm
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Communications News:
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
IAC to tie together local info services, CEO says
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Optimus 103 keyboard demands $1,200 pricetag — yes, you read that right
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Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
MTVN Developing 'Hyper-Programmed' Sites
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Nokia:
Nokia and SIPphone Bring Easy Access Gizmo VoIP Services to the …
Wayan / One Laptop Per Child News:
DOOM on the OLPC XO!
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Watch a few online vids, get a free copy of Vista or Office
Security Response Alert / symantec.com:
Spybot attempts to exploit old vulnerability
Meridith Levinson / CIO.com:
Windows vs. Linux vs. OS X
USA Today:
What would techies do with a newspaper?  First, they'd make it all digital
Discussion: OnoTech, Screenwerk and Paul Mooney