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This week at Lifehacker: Don't pay for video at the iTunes Music Store - subscribe to free, del.icio.us video in iTunes. Create your own own iPod videos. Or forget the White Status Symbol of Apple Cult Membership, and watch your video to go on a big screen PocketPC. Of course, if you do decide to pay the man, be sure to give an iTune as a gift. Also: power texting tips for the SMS-happy, and how to make the four biggest search engines bend to your will with the top 20 search helpers.

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Now that iTunes supports "vodcasting" - video podcasting - and social bookmarks manager del.icio.us supports filetypes, you can subscribe to movie files bookmarked in del.icio.us right in iTunes. With a little URL hacking with custom tags (want .mov's tagged "funny"? "movie trailer"? "girls," you pervert?) you can get free video surprises downloaded right into iTunes every day.

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If Steve Jobs the Snake Charmer got you to run out and pick up your very own video iPod, check out this tutorial on creating your own iPod videos. No doubt a home video of your kitten batting at some yarn'll score some points on a first date.

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Of course you could always resist the temptation of the Great White Music and Video player watch video on the go with a less sexy but more functional PocketPC.

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However, if the draw of the iTunes Music Store does break you down, be sure to suck your friends and family in as well. Give an iTune or an iTMS video as a gift right inside iTunes.

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Did the gagillion text messages in your mobile phone plan go unused last month? Point your clicker at a few power texting tips for the newbie and experienced thumber alike.

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Finally, the search engine operators that will make Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask Jeeves return exactly what it is you're looking for. Demand only the finest-crafted queries: dig up exactly the information you need from the darkest, loneliest corners of the Web with our top 20 search helpers.

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