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12:40 AM ET, August 30, 2006

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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.
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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.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google CEO joins Apple board - is there more to this?  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt is joining the board of Apple Computer.  Om Malik thinks this could lead to closer cooperation between the two, and headaches for Microsoft.  Maybe, but I don't think so.  Eric Schmidt is a great choice …
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.
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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 …
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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
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: blackrimglasses.com
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These three bloggers want to get you a job
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:
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
Jenstar / JenSense:
Microsoft adCenter inviting selected advertisers into ContentAds pilot  —  Interested in the Microsoft ContentAds beta?  Selected advertisers just received invitations to participate in the new ContentAds pilot, which begins running this fall.  —  The email invited advertisers received mentioned …
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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 …
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?
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail  —  The following is also my column in this week's Advertising Age.  —  Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail  —  What Marketers Should Know About Reach, Niches and Big Media in the New Landscape  —  One of this summer's hottest beach reads is "The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson.
Discussion: Socialtwister 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Webshots Redesign Launches, Video Coming  —  CNET owned Webshots, a massive property with 420 million photos, relaunched moments ago with a new interface and a number of feature changes.  —  The most notable changes are to the limits on photo uploading.  Free accounts are now able …
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valley VCs are on fire: Lots of deals, including bloated Force10 …
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Interview with Mike Melanson, lead engineer on the Linux Flash Player team
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Jeff's Guide to "TV Shows Only Available on the Internet"
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