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6:25 PM ET, November 29, 2006

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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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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.
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 …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Looking for a copy editor in a crunch
Discussion: CrunchNotes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Raises $25 million, Bram Cohen is History
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Mark Evans
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
BitTorrent set to unveil deals with studios
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 …
Hitwise US:
Charting Answers  —  I woke this morning to Danny Sullivan's …
Discussion: Mashable!
Wayan / One Laptop Per Child News:
DOOM on the OLPC XO!  —  Now imagine you are the One Laptop Per Child software design team, and you've just received the very first order of Children's Machine XO's.  Around a thousand pounds of laptops actually, and you wanna take one for a fun filled test drive.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
OLPC laptop runs DOOM
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, Global Nerdy and shmula
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.
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.
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and Frank Barnako
EquityMind / Joseph Morin:
A Superbowl Commercial Marriage Proposal - And How We Can Help Make It Happen  —  I ran across the most interesting blog a little while back, MySuperProposal.com - there is this blogger - 'JP' who is attempting to raise money via his blog in order to buy a 30 second commercial spot during next year's Superbowl on February 4th.
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  —  Introduction  —  John Halamka has a penchant for experiments with new  —  technologies.  In 2004, the now 44-year-old CIO …
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: OnoTech, Screenwerk and Paul Mooney
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
Google's Top Secret Advertising Network  —  Almost everyone knows Google owns the AdSense network.  Google AdSense has been credited with bringing the Internet back to life after the dot com burst of 2001.  Some people may even know about AdSense for domain.
Communications News:
Iemma: NSW CBDs will get free Wi-Fi  —  update Central business districts of key cities in New South Wales will get free Wi-Fi broadband within the next three years, under a plan announced today by the state's premier Morris Iemma.  —  The NSW state government will in early 2007 go shopping …
 
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Apple patches 22 security holes in Mac OS X
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Security Response Alert / symantec.com:
Spybot attempts to exploit old vulnerability
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Sex and Social Networking Sells: Fake User Profiles in Marketing Campaigns
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