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6:30 AM ET, November 30, 2006

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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPod vs. Zune Update  —  So how is the Zune, Microsoft's MP3 player, doing so far?  —  The Zune debuted just before the frenzied holiday shopping season, and so far, it's ranked No. 2 behind rival Apple's iPod, according to statistics released by the NPD Group today.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Tech Report
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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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Zune debuts at No. 2  —  After a bunch of negative reviews …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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 …
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Expo gets an update, adds Facebook sharing and more international support  —  The Windows Live Expo team just rolled out an update earlier today.  Here are the details, via the Team Blog:  — Public availability in the UK and China!  Welcome to social classifieds, guys!
Gizmodo:
Netstreams DoorLinX MP3 Doorbell is Your Bell  —  The humble doorbell has just made the leap into the 21st century.  DoorLinX by Netstreams can play an MP3 of your choice whenever someone presses your doorbell button, and that MP3 is easily placed on the slim wall-mounted slab via WiFi.
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Court Greenlights DOJ Case Against Realtors  —  A Chicago district court cleared the way Tuesday for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to proceed with its antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  —  The DoJ contends the NAR is engaging in anti-competitive behavior against online home brokers.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Huffington Post Will Add Original Reporting to Its Blog  —  The Huffington Post, which started about 18 months ago as a political Web site for celebrity bloggers, is preparing to venture into original reporting, with plans to cover Congress and, already, the 2008 presidential campaign.
Discussion: PaidContent and The Blog Herald
Guardian:
Real life crashes into Second Life's digital idyll  —  Aleks Krotoski  —  It was three weeks ago that my virtual world disintegrated.  I had been struggling with a digital littering problem in my Social Simulation Research Lab and I wanted to automate the cleanup process.
Discussion: Rough Type
blog.memeorandum.com:
Unhappy mobile reader?  Try Mini...  Different people report different experiences reading my sites on their mobile phones.  The happy bunch tend to have larger screens or prefer to scan every last link on the page.  The unhappy bunch tend to have small screens and can't stand all the scrolling.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At Skype, Nightmare (almost) before Christmas  —  Skype, a leading VoIP services provider and a division of eBay, went through a major reorganization this morning, which included axing of the entire business development part of the company, barring a handful of country heads.
technosailor.com:
Review of Feedburner  —  Several months ago, b5media made the choice to move all our feeds to Feedburner.  We had actually been looking to do this for awhile, but there were a couple things holding us back.  Portable feeds and money.  Both of those things were resolved around the middle to end of September.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
This Is London:
ANGER AT YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT SHOW HOW TO BREAK INTO HOUSES  —  Householders were warned today to check their security in an alert sparked by video website YouTube.  —  Hundreds of videos are available on the site showing users how to pick locks, which experts fear will result in a spate of burglaries.
Discussion: Techdirt and Threadwatch.org
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
The Future of Online Advertising is Video — Paid Search Works but "Doesn't Grab the Heart and Mind," says Analyst David Hallerman.....Dartmouth Researchers Crack Video Forgeries  —  Earlier this month eMarketer released a report by senior analyst David Hallerman on the the future of online advertising.
Discussion: Lost Remote and Ryan Stewart
PR Newswire:
Verizon, NFL Team up to Offer Live NFL Network Game Broadcasts on Verizon's Consumer Broadband Services  —  Verizon to Offer Live NFL Network Programming Over Broadband.  Deal Includes Thursday and Saturday Regular Season NFL Games, Various College Football Bowl Games and Other Programming
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
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Halo 3 release month announced?  Not likely  —  See past the commercial young Jedi.  Look at the license plates.  We don't know if this was planted viral marketing to generate hype, but we'll bite and let the masses take over from there.  The license plates of the cars in this Xbox 360 ad are: "GOW 1106" and "HA LO307."
Discussion: You NEWB and digg
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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Joe / Techdirt:
Is Aggressive Competition Anti-Competitive?
Nick / Rough Type:
SAP's mixed-up confusion
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
New Photo Sharing Site: Se Habla Español...Et Français
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
YouTube's Doppelganger  —  It's getting tougher and tougher …
Kotaku:
Rumor: More Wiis and PS3s Hitting Retail Sunday?
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Got Ads?
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Computerless, Web-Enabled Devices Are On The Rise
Erin Teeling / The Bivings Report:
The Presence of Magazines on the Internet
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Is this the real Windows Vista MCE remote?
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Gordon / The Register:
Zune means zilch for artists
Global Geek / TPN:
In Writing: "Apple Does Not Licence the Term "Podcast""
Kevin / Catching a wave in Silicon Valley:
The JotSpot Google Merger
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0
Lifehacker:
Upload Google Docs via email
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Russia agrees to shut down Allofmp3.com
Eric Jackson / Breakout Performance:
Laying Odds on Semel's Successor for the Corner Cube at Yahoo!
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
A Start-Up Fueled by Star Power
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Looking for a copy editor in a crunch
Discussion: The Gong Show and CrunchNotes