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10:35 AM ET, December 1, 2006

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Wall Street Journal:
Is Microsoft Driving Innovation Or Playing Catch-Up With Rivals?  —  Microsoft Corp. has put a mountain of money behind its Xbox 360 videogame system and is making another big bet on its Zune digital music player.  And after years of research, the company Thursday set in motion …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
sfgov.org:
Missing Person: Kim Family  —  Missing Family  —  The San Francisco Police Department is seeking information regarding a missing San Francisco family of four.  On Friday, November 24, 2006, James Kim, his wife, Kati Kim, and their children, Penelope Kim and Sabine Kim left on a road trip to Seattle, Washington.
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James Kim / CNET News.com:   CNET editor James Kim, family missing
Ryan Block / Engadget:
CNET's James Kim and family missing — have you seen them?
Discussion: Scobleizer and digg
Gizmodo:
Windows Live Search For Mobile vs. Google Maps Mobile  —  Microsoft's Windows Live Search for Mobiles just went live last night, and we took it for a spin, comparing it to Google Maps for Mobile, which has traffic and maps as well.  It wasn't much of a comparison, since WLS does local business searches …
Discussion: LiveSide and Windows-Now.com
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Live Search's WebLog:   Search on the Go with Live Search for Mobile Beta
Bloomberg:
Apple Seeks U.S. Patent for Combo Mobile Phone, IPod (Update4)  —  Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc. sought patent protection for a device that may combine a mobile phone with its iPod music player as speculation intensified that the company may sell a so-called iPhone as soon as January.
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Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
"Saturday Night Live" rehearsals may be webcast  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC is mulling broadcasting Friday night rehearsal sessions of "Saturday Night Live" on the Internet.  —  It's just one of the many scenarios the digital future could deliver, according …
Discussion: The Blogging Times
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Joe / Techdirt:
NBC May Experiment With 'Friday Night Live' On The Web
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Hitwise US:
Google Properties - The Extended List  —  This morning I had the pleasure of filming a segment with Bambi Francisco about, among other things, the holiday season, and the dominant role search plays in the online retail sector.  Specifically we talked about the holiday season and the continued dominance …
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Seagate CEO: I help people "watch porn"  —  You think tech execs are boring?  Check out a freewheeling interview with Seagate's Bill Watkins, who might be Silicon Valley's most outspoken CEO.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — Sitting at the arm of a tech CEO during a corporate dinner is rarely as interesting as you might imagine.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Cracking the BlackBerry with a $100 Key … O'Connor's paper was briefly posted — and quickly yanked — from a blog entry discussing the future of the BlackBerry device.  It is not yet clear why Symantec pulled the paper (the rumor mill says it's being saved for a conference presentation) …
Discussion: Slashdot
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Video Nation: Agency Finds A Majority Now Create Their Own Video, But Few Post Them  —  IN A FINDING THAT UNDERSCORES the potential of a vast, untapped market for user-generated video, new research conducted by interactive agency Sharpe Partners indicates that more than half (54) …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
ATM system called unsafe  —  A U.S. Secret Service memo obtained by MSNBC.com indicates that organized criminals are systematically attempting to subvert the ATM system and unscramble encrypted PIN codes.  (Will Burgess / Reuters file)  —  Researchers who work for an Israeli computer security company …
Reuters:
Regal arms theater-goers with cellphone busters  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The next time you talk on your cellphone in a movie theater, beware: Your neighbors are listening.  —  Regal Entertainment Group <RGC.N>, the largest U.S. movie theater chain, is arming moviegoers with a new gadget …
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
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Mike / Techdirt:   Ever Wished You Could Push A Button To Remove A Disruptive Movie Watcher?
Consumerist:
Apple Sells "Refreshed" Laptop Filled With Porn To 11 Year Old Girl  —  An Apple customer was shocked, shocked, when he bought a Macbook from the London Apple Store for his 11-year old daughter, and the desktop was full of pornographic JPGs.  —  His friend, a Consumerist tipster in good standing …
Business Wire:
BitTorrent Secures $20 Million in Venture Capital  —  Accel Partners Leads Second Round of Financing  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform, today announced it has closed $20 million in Series B financing.
Discussion: GigaOM and PaidContent
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PS3 to get upscaled DVDs, 1080p/24  —  Ok, so the PlayStation 3 wasn't exactly the most flexible high def device out of the gate; despite Sony's claims, DVDs aren't upscaled, there's no component out, and from what we've heard, even though its HDMI 1.3 output technically supports 1080p/24 …
Discussion: Kotaku and I4U News
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Will Vista make an impact?  —  Commentary: It's just not the same as earlier Windows releases  —  BERKELEY (MarketWatch) — Investors want to know if there will be any effect on the market during the rollout of Microsoft's new operating system Vista.  Will sales of computers jump?  What about peripherals?
Dave McClure / VentureBeat:
Yahoo just needs to fix one thing: Monetization  —  Everyone seems to be chapping Yahoo's hide these days, including even Yahoo itself — or at least one very audible Jerry Maguire over there.  However while many large companies could benefit from more focus and cost-cutting …
 
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Anti-Jotspot/Google Post Deleted Under Pressure
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metafacts.com:
Mobile Computers on the Increase in US Homes, According to MetaFacts …
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