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10:50 AM ET, July 22, 2006


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UPDATE 1-Microsoft confirms plan to take on Apple's iPod  —Text+(Adds analyst comment, background)  —  SEATTLE, July 21 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday it plans to release a new music and entertainment player and accompanying software under the …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft portable to be a totally "Integrated Experience"  —  From the looks of it our own Stephen Speicher was on to something in his latest edition of The Clicker.  We've received word from a trusted insider (no, not Mr. Speicher) that the shape everyone's been expecting the Zune …
Discussion: digg
Antony Bruno /
ZUNE GETS IN THE RING  — Microsoft officials for the first time have confirmed that the Redmond, Wash.-based company is readying a portable music player and integrated service, shedding new light on a topic that has fueled rampant speculation in news reports and blog postings for weeks.
Michael Gartenberg:
Zune is Real and Here's What it Means - First Take Analysis  —  Well, it's 12pm PDT and my embargo is lifted so I can finally stop talking about this in terms of something Microsoft "might" do and now start talking about what it means.  If you have the current issue of Billboard, there's an article in there as well.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Partners, You Been Zunked  —  So Microsoft is going to get into the music device business - imitating the same "integrated experience" philosophy as Apple has successfully deployed to carve itself a big share of the portable music player and online music business.  Devices, the store, the whole nine yards.
Discussion: Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune: what we know, think we know, and don't yet know  —  Ok, so we got off the horn with Microsoft just a few minutes ago and realized that making heads or tails of all this Zune stuff is probably driving some of you crazy .  (We know others are probably just getting driven crazy by all the posts we've been writing about it.
Discussion: Between the Lines, Joystiq and hypebot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Zune to Battle iTunes/iPod
Discussion: Gizmodo
AMD seen close to $5.5 billion chip deal  —  Source says Applied Micro Devices could announce deal with #2 Canadian chipmaker as early as Monday.  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) — Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI …
Discussion:, Mark Evans and digg
Fuad Abazovic / Inquirer:
AMD and ATI to ask shareholders for merger approval
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Cheaper to "Give Away" Free Cellphone Services in Rural Areas  —  U.S. taxpayers are getting stuck with the tab for up to US$13,345 per telephone line per year for federally subsidized phone service under the US$7-billion "Universal Service Fund" tax on long-distance service …
Discussion: and digg
Carlo / Techdirt:   Since When Did Phone Service Cost $13,000 Per Year?
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
TEO 3.0 - Goooood eatin..  —  Josh Einstein's latest release of Tablet Enhancements for Outlook should be the first software product every Tablet PC user and developer gets at Microsoft.  It is the perfect showcase Tablet PC application and Josh is the perfect ISV case study when it comes …
Michelle Pearcy / Dell one2one:
No Bloatware, Please  —  Michelle Pearcy, WW Client Software Manager  —  Lots of chatter these days on why Dell pre-loads so much software on new systems.  Several of you have asked about how this software affects performance, some have commented about the sheer number of apps …
Jenstar / JenSense:
Site Diagnostics tab returns to Google AdSense control panel  —  It's back!  The "Site Diagnostics" tab, which appears to be an extension of Google Sitemaps, has returned to the AdSense control panel after it showed up several weeks ago for a couple of days.
USA Today:
Sony BMG releases first song that works with all music players  —  LOS ANGELES — Record label Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which got into trouble last year when it sold copy-protected CDs that inadvertently threatened PCs with a computer virus, has become the first major record label to sell an unprotected digital song.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Skype vs. Gizmo vs. Vonage  —  I think Skype is an amazing product.  I'm recommending that all my friends and family members start using *pwing* kskll f kaslkk fllaklk.  LFilial liflk kdlalk lal lfllfal alla lallkl lala aaa kdllak slkal alkalk a lka kal lakklkla lkalkll allall kkllal llalkkal …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Too many journalists  —  The accepted wisdom in the news biz is that you can never have too many journalists and that the ad and circ crunch hitting papers will hurt papers by reducing newsroom staff.  I've been questioning that wisdom here.  —  But sitting on another darned panel yesterday …
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