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8:20 PM ET, August 29, 2006

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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
Discussion: paidContent.org
Windows Live QnA:
Welcome to the public beta for Qna.live.com!  —  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.
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Business 2.0:
The secret to Yahoo Answers' success
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Windows Live QnA open for use
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.
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.
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 …
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Sprint:
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)  —  pr@novatelwireless.com  —  Novatel Investor Relations:
socialtext.net:
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 …
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 …
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).
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.
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, HDBlog.net and Slashdot
Reuters:
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
New York Times:
Wireless Providers Poised to Win Spectrum Licenses  —  When the government's multibillion-dollar auction of radio spectrum licenses began two weeks ago, it looked as if newcomers might get the chance to buy their way into the mobile phone business, leading to more choices for consumers.
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?
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 …
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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 blackrimglasses.com
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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FCC's Martin 'Furious' Over New DSL Fees
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David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Cyber Security Specialist Named to Lead In-Q-Tel
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Reuters:
Revamped AOL unveils Web-based music store
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Can Linux save the Palm OS?
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Open Sources and AC/OS
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 News.com:
Singapore: One nation under Wi-Fi
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Times Withholds Web Article in Britain