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5:00 PM ET, August 29, 2006


 Top Items: 
Financial Times:
Universal backs free music rival to iTunes  —  Universal Music, the world's largest music company, is backing a start-up that will allow consumers to download songs for free.  It will rely on advertising for its revenues, offering a different business model from that of Apple Computer's popular iTunes music store.
Red Herring:
Universal Offers Free Music
Mark McSherry / Reuters:
SpiralFrog, Universal in free music download deal
Discussion: Slashdot
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Leaving Search Engine Watch  —  After ten years, I'm leaving Search Engine Watch and almost certainly leaving the Search Engine Strategies conference series as well.  My contracts with their owners Incisive Media are expiring, and we've not been able to agree on new ones.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
SEO earthquake: Danny Sullivan leaving SEW and SES
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Frank Barnako
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
EBay Gambles on Google Partnership for Success of Skype, the Internet Phone Service  —  EBay is hoping its new partnership with Google will help it find new ways to make money from Skype, its Internet calling service.  But experts wonder if enough people are willing to make the switch …
Sprint Launches First EV-DO Revision A-Capable Mobile Broadband Card in the Nation  —  Sprint Media Contact:  —  Amy Schiska-Lombard, 913-794-2947  —  Novatel Media Contact:  —  Carolyn McCartney, 858-320-8822 (phone), 858-812-3401 (fax)  —  —  Novatel Investor Relations:
Wired Wiki  —  Attachments:  —  In an experiment in collaborative journalism, Wired News is putting reporter Ryan Singel at your service.  —  This wiki began as an unedited 1,059 word article on the wiki phenomenon, exactly as Ryan filed it.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it …
Internet, TV are no rivals: Google  —  The rise of the internet is as revolutionary as the invention of the printing press, a senior Google Inc. executive said on Saturday - but old media like television should not fear it.  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience …
Discussion: Dead2.0 and digg
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Times Withholds Web Article in Britain  —  If Web readers in Britain were intrigued by the headline "Details Emerge in British Terror Case," which sat on top of The New York Times's home page much of yesterday, they would have been disappointed with a click.
Frank Rose / Wired News:
Can the PS3 Save Sony … Never try to introduce the same product twice.  That was the lesson from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May.  A year earlier, at E3 2005 in Los Angeles, Sony had wowed the videogame industry with demonstrations of the upcoming PlayStation 3's unprecedented graphical muscle.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Singapore: One nation under Wi-Fi  —  By the end of the year, it will be possible to roam almost anywhere in Singapore and get a wireless signal.  —  As part of its Intelligent Nation 2015 program, the island nation will be able to boast of countrywide Wi-Fi coverage in a few months …
Windows Live QnA:
Welcome to the public beta for!  —  It's with great pleasure, a lot of late nights, and barrels of caffeine, that our team launches the public Windows Live QnA beta.  —  For all you thousands of beta testers who took a chance on us, nagged us, mocked us, and made us better - we thank you.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jeff's Guide to "TV Shows Only Available on the Internet"  —  Somewhere between the world of professionally "produced" TV shows and personal video blogs lies the world of what can be best described as "TV Shows Only Available on the Internet."  —  This summer the team at set …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Scobleizer
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A Watchdog Group Warns Against AOL's Free Software  —  Dealing yet another blow to AOL, a leading software watchdog group warned users away from AOL's free client software yesterday on the ground that it displayed characteristics consistent with "badware."  —  The term badware describes …
Red Herring:
Blogs Start Job Boards  —  Sites like GigaOm and TechCrunch are rushing to list help-wanted ads, but is there room for all?  —  The next wave after blogs targeted at particular interest may be niche job sites.  —  On Friday, GigaOm, the blogging network started by former Business 2.0 writer Om Malik, launched its own job board.
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ATI TV Wonder 650 Total Recall
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Fujitsu drops a quartet of new notebooks
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
Light Reading:
FCC's Martin 'Furious' Over New DSL Fees
Discussion: Techdirt
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Cyber Security Specialist Named to Lead In-Q-Tel
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Revamped AOL unveils Web-based music store
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft already on their way to patching FairUse4WM
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Site Mail comes to Netscape (or "on the 'death'of IM and MySpace page view goosing")
Discussion: A VC and WebMetricsGuru
Tom Krazit / CNET
Newsmaker: Can Linux save the Palm OS?
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Open Sources and AC/OS
Sampling Gawker's New Music Blog
Discussion: Om Daily
Ryan Block / Engadget:
QTFairUse6: is Hymn finally back to strip FairPlay on iTunes 6?
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and digg
Yahoo! Search blog:
Searching for Mortgage Rates and Real Estate
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minneapolis picks Wi-Fi firm
Alfredo Padilla / the::unwired:
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Excalibur Smartphone …
New York Times:
Wireless Providers Poised to Win Spectrum Licenses