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9:30 PM ET, August 29, 2006


 Top Items: 
PR Newswire:
Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt Joins Apple's Board of Directors  —  CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, was elected to Apple's board of directors at their meeting today.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple + Google = Worries For Everyone  —  A few days ago when Google announced what is a precursor to Google Office, many saw it as a big move against the long term nemesis, Microsoft.  We read things differently, and don't really believe that it is going to have much of an impact.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Apple snuggles up to Google with Schmidt joining BOD
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Universal to try ad driven music downloads through SpiralFrog - still with DRM  —  If you're familiar with this story, see the updated details at the end.  Universal Music, the corporate parent behind labels like MoTown, Geffen Records and many more, announced this morning that they will be making …
Red Herring:
Universal Offers Free Music
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.
Business 2.0:
The secret to Yahoo Answers' success
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Windows Live QnA open for use
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.
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 …
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Blu-ray and HD-DVD to freeze competition until 2007 due to laser diode shortage  —  Since manufacturers of blue laser diodes are still unable to improve yield rates, the shortage may result in pushing back the competition between Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD-DVD optical disc drives in the market …
Discussion: HD Beat, and Slashdot
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft already on their way to patching FairUse4WM  —  Leave it to the Hawthorne Effect, right?  It's been three days since we spilled the beans about the PlaysForSure-stripping FairUse4WM app, and already Microsoft's Windows Digital Media Division is issuing notices to its PlaysForSure licensees regarding patching up the problem.
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
QTFairUse6: is Hymn finally back to strip FairPlay on iTunes 6?  —  Remember Hymn?  You should, back in the day (like, um, 2004) it allowed you to strip the FairPlay DRM right off iTunes Music Store bought files just like that; well, it's been a long time in coming, but a new app called QTFairUse6 looks …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Intel fights back with high-end Xeon  —  Intel will introduce its new "Tulsa" Xeon chip for high-end x86 servers Tuesday, the latest of several moves to reclaim turf lost to rival Advanced Micro Devices.  —  The new dual-core chip, designed for four-processor systems and officially called …
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 …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Searching for Mortgage Rates and Real Estate  —  Hi folks, we just launched a redesign of Yahoo! Real Estate.  As part of this you can now find up-to-date local mortgage rate information directly within web search.  Go to Yahoo! and search for '[your city] mortgage rates' (ex: Santa Clara mortgage rates).
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Next Google Apps targets: Intuit QuickBooks, MS Money?  —  Google has unleashed an integrated suite of Web-based software-as-a-service office productivity applications—Google Apps for Your Domain—featuring four services, with two more on the way: … What's missing?
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
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.
Discussion: Valleywag and
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Melanson, lead engineer on the Linux Flash Player team
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Podango to Create Podcast Channels
Aragoto / dottocomu:
Ricoh's WiFi/Bluetooth Caplios
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ATI TV Wonder 650 Total Recall
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Fujitsu drops a quartet of new notebooks
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: GigaOM
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jeff's Guide to "TV Shows Only Available on the Internet"
Discussion: IP Democracy and Scobleizer
Frank Rose / Wired News:
Can the PS3 Save Sony
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Singapore: One nation under Wi-Fi
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Times Withholds Web Article in Britain