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5:10 PM ET, August 25, 2006

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune revealed by FCC as "Toshiba 1089"  —  Well, here's a bit of a surprise: a wireless PMP just showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a strangely familiar 3-inch screen.  And it ain't being manufactured by Microsoft.  Instead it looks like Microsoft got their good pal Toshiba …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's Zune aims to be social butterfly  —  update Microsoft's forthcoming Zune player is shooting to be the life of the party, allowing users to create mobile social networks and stream music to nearby friends or strangers, according to a government regulatory filing.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Former Tribe leader Pincus back at helm; pledges "new direction"  —  Mark Pincus has just taken back the helm at San Francisco social networking company, Tribe.  We heard about this months ago, but Mark would never say anything publicly, so we just kept waiting.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Mark Pincus Back at Tribe?  —  Update: This is now confirmed.  Mark Pincus is back at Tribe.  —  This is just weird.  Mark Pincus may be back at Tribe.  Or someone may have just hijacked his Tribe account.  —  Mark was ousted from his CEO spot back in April (first spotted by Marc Canter …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The startup sound in Vista ...  I'm on the phone with Steve Ball, group program manager for the Windows Audio Video Excellence team (basically, the team that builds the stuff that plays audio and video in Windows).  —  First, a disclaimer, before I left Microsoft, I got an intimate view …
Craig Silverman / New York Times:
Public Domain Books, Ready for Your iPod  —  Kara Shallenberg and her 10-year-old son, Henry, exhausted the audiobook collection at their library in Oceanside, Calif., five years ago.  With Henry's appetite for listening still strong, Ms. Shallenberg began to record herself reading his favorite books.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
FairUse4WM strips Windows Media DRM!  —  So far as the yet very quiet forums are claiming, a new app called FairUse4WM can be used to strip Windows Media DRM 10 and 11 (i.e. PlaysForSure, but not WM DRM 9).  Yes, yes, we know, we've heard this song and dance before.
BBC:
Spammers manipulate stock markets  —  Spam messages that tout stocks and shares can have real effects on the markets, a study suggests.  —  E-mails typically promote penny shares in the hope of convincing people to buy into a company to raise its price.  —  People who respond to the …
Discussion: Techdirt and Threadwatch.org
Evan Brown / InternetCases.com:
Evidence-destroying defendant severely sanctioned in P2P file-sharing case  —  In the case of Arista Records v. Tschirhart, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has shown little mercy on a defendant accused by record companies of illegal file-sharing.
Discussion: joegratz.net and Slashdot
Software News:
Microsoft winds back Office ribbon  —  Microsoft has modified its new interface for Office 2007 after complaints from beta testers that the 'ribbon' system took up too much space on screen.  —  Office 2007 has ditched the traditional drop-down menu approach of most Windows applications …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Get a gig on GigaOM Jobs  —  Paidcontent, the digital media and content publication was one of the first to realize that niche job boards were the future, and introduced its Digital Media Jobs board, when we were rank amateurs in comparison.  Since then vibrant communities like 37Signals …
Discussion: CrunchNotes
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
Google Seeks Fund Rule Exemption to Increase Investment Returns  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most widely used Internet search engine, is facing a hurdle other companies would love to confront: how to get better returns from investing its cash hoard without being regulated as a mutual fund.
Economist:
More media, less news  —  Newspapers are making progress with the internet, but most are still too timid, defensive or high-minded  —  THE first thing to greet a visitor to the Oslo headquarters of Schibsted, a Norwegian newspaper firm, is its original, hand-operated printing press from 1856 …
ericsink.com:
How to get people talking about your product  —  Scene: A Marketing Meeting in the Conference Room  —  Mickey the Product Manager has called Daisy and Goofy into a meeting to discuss promotional plans for their upcoming new product.  —  Mickey: Welcome, Team!  Time is growing short.
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
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First Look: PSP Camera, GPS Unit
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Kristan Reed / Eurogamer:
GC: Valve opens up in Leipzig
Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Riparian Rights  —  There's been a torrent of discussion …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Qualcomm Fighting Intel, The World
IEBlog:
A Quick Reference Sheet for Internet Explorer 7
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
No Suit Required  —  Terry McBride has an idea.  Another idea.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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