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12:45 AM ET, November 11, 2007

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Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Exclusive: NBC Launches TV Downloads Service  —  NBC Direct, the free service from NBC that lets you download full episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Heroes and more, has gone live on the NBC site.  —  Currently in beta, and originally scheduled to launch in October …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Planning Rules to Open Cable Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to impose significant new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry, senior commission officials said.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cable Ruling May Provide Opportunities For Google, Startups  —  The FCC may move to open up access to cable television on the basis that the big cable companies are too dominant, according to the NY Times.  —  The move would lower the cost of entry to new content providers and forcibly provide access …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Northeastern sues Google over patent  —  University, Waltham license holder say they own technology  —  A law firm told patent holder Northeastern and license holder Jarg Corp. that Google was using their technology.  (Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File 2004)  —  Text size - +
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Russian hacker gang vanishes day after moving to China  —  Infamous Russian Business Network may be breaking into smaller bits  —  The shadowy hacker and malware hosting network that only recently fled Russia to set up operations in China has now pulled the plug there and vanished yet again, researchers said late Friday.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blist Prepares Easy Web-Based Database Application  —  I recently had the opportunity to see a demo of a product coming out in early 2008 called Blist (pronounced like "bliss" with a "t" at the end) that will take on DabbleDB and Trackvia by giving users the tools to easily create and manage databases online.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Live wants to build Flickr competitor  —  It's hard not to have seen this coming, but I have to wonder whether or not the world needs another Flickr or YouTube.  —  In a Microsoft job advertisement posted yesterday for a program manager position, the description clearly outlines Microsoft's strategy …
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Job Details  —  Travel Required:  —  Come make Windows Live …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Games that can educate: SimCity donated to OLPC project  —  Electronic Arts announced yesterday plans to donate the original version of the SimCity computer game to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project so that it can be distributed to schoolchildren in developing countries on OLPC's XO laptop.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nick / Dial-a-Phone:
iPhone Crowds?  Don't believe the hype!  —  As iPhone fever grips the country, we thought we'd bring you pictures of the day as the drama unfolds!  The iPhone is of course due to go on sale at 6pm tonight (6.02 if we're being exact, what a clever bit of marketing!) at Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores.
Discussion: The Register, I4U News, CrunchGear and Digg
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Blogworld  —  I am watching as the blogging world crucifies me for not attending Blogworld in Las Vegas this week.  —  Here is why I didn't attend Blogworld in Las Vegas this week:  —  I never agreed to attend the conference.  —  I would really appreciate it if the organizers of Blogworld would post something clearing this up.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
127 million Oracle shares vote for open source at annual shareholders meeting  —  While seemingly a lot, 127 million shares doesn't add up to much in Oracle's world.  127,717,018 shares only account for 3.58% of Oracle's total share count.  Last week ~96.5% of Oracle shareholders voted …
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft designs the T-Mobile Shadow home UI  —  There was a lot of talk last week about the T-Mobile Shadow (a.k.a. HTC Juno) user interface, some couldn't believe it was still Windows Mobile.  The Shadow sports a new homescreen codenamed "Neo" designed by Microsoft in collaboration with HTC …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Prince to sue The Pirate Bay  —  Continuing an aggressive campaign to defend his copyright, rock star Prince is preparing to file lawsuits in three different countries, including the U.S., against The Pirate Bay.  —  One of the world's best known BitTorrent indexing sites …
Discussion: p2pnet
Deeko News:
Analyst: DivX Support Coming to Xbox 360  —  DivX followed up Tuesday night's earnings report with a presentation at the JP Morgan SmMid cap conference.  JP Morgan analyst Paul Coster coyly probed Kevin Hell about whether or not we were about to see DivX support on the Xbox 360.
Discussion: Geek News Central and 360-Hq.Com
Bill Ray / The Register:
Battery firm: iPhone could melt your brain  —  Exradia has launched a range of replacement batteries for popular models of mobile phone which incorporate its special magic circuit to interfere with the bad RF coming from your handset, but iPhone users, with their non-replaceable battery, will just have to suffer.
Discussion: Engadget and IntoMobile
 
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Tony Smith / The Register:
15 years ago: the first mass-produced GSM phone
Discussion: Darla Mack and IntoMobile
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
RIM sues LG over phone names, "black" and "berry" apparently not okay
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
Hands-on with HD TiVoToGo and Multi-Room Viewing
Discussion: TiVo Blog
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Survey: Intel Ahead of AMD on Server Customer Loyalty
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
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IndiaTimes website 'attacks visitors'
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Building a state-of-the-art Emergency Room for Silicon Valley
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
That's Your AIM in My GTalk
Discussion: Marketing.fm and Gadgetell