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Conan O’Brien Goes West–The Five-Minute Version

How did Conan O’Brien do, when he took the reins of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on Monday night? That’s all subjective, of course, but this opening clip should give you an idea of where he was headed.

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Digital video sidenote: The GE (GE) network’s deal with Hulu, the video joint venture it formed with Fox-owner News Corp. (NWS) and ABC-owner Disney (DIS), is supposed to allow Hulu to put up any video that NBC makes available on its own site. But, as of early Tuesday morning, this clip was only available on NBC.com.

Go figure.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work