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2:35 PM ET, September 1, 2006

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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Wal-Mart and Apple Battle for Turf  —  The retail behemoth isn't happy about the iPod maker's plans to offer movie downloads through iTunes.  Has Wal-Mart met its match?  —  The guy from Bentonville, Ark., surely isn't on any of Hollywood's leading man lists.
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Larry Angell / iLounge:
Reports: Apple to hold special event on September 12th  —  Based on reports from European Apple enthusiast websites and last night's YourMacLife radio broadcast, Apple is in the process of inviting members of the press to a special event for new products, to be held on September 12, 2006.
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek Online:
Exclusive: Movie Downloads on iTunes By Mid-September  —  Coming soon to a Mac or PC near you: Movies on iTunes.  My BusinessWeek colleague Ron Grover has exclusive details about how how Wal-Mart, as the largest seller of DVDs — it sells about 40% of DVDs produced — is unhappy at the prospect …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iTunes To Have Movie Downloads This Month  —  Rumors have been swirling for weeks (see here and here) that Apple will soon be selling full length movie downloads on the iTunes service.  This morning, Business Week is stating, based on unnamed sources, that the the service will launch by mid-September.
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Tech Beat
nortel.com:
NORTEL ADVANCES BUSINESS STRATEGY WITH PROPOSED SALE OF UMTS ACCESS BUSINESS TO ALCATEL  —  REFINES FOCUS ON NEXT-GENERATION MOBILITY  —  TORONTO - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of its UMTS access business to Alcatel …
Stephen Shankland / ZDNet:
Intel expected to cut thousands of jobs  —  Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini is expected to announce a massive layoff as soon as Tuesday that could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, having suffered several financially …
Gizmodo:
Samsung YP-K5 MP3 Mini Boombox: First Unboxing, Review, and Video.  —  Here it is.  You might have seen some fuzzy flyby images of this MP3 player with speakers built into its backside.  But we've got it in our hands.  And we love it.  —  For a 4GB player, its kinda chunky.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Language Wars  —  An old friend emailed me to ask: … Ah, an excellent question, simultaneously impossible to answer and very easy to answer!  —  Sorry, I should stop speaking in riddles.  A while ago I wrote an article called Lord Palmerston on Programming in which I claimed …
epiZENter.net:
A First Look at the TravelDock Z500  —  We were the first to tell you about this upcoming dock, and we now have some exclusive pictures straight from the COMEX Convention Brochure (thanks to one of our members from Singapore) .  This is one of the accessories we ZVM owners have been waiting for!
Discussion: CrunchGear and Anything But iPod
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
ISPs fight against encrypted BitTorrent downloads  —  The advent of BitTorrent was a cause for celebration for people who wished to share large files very quickly, but Internet Service Providers did not see the technology in quite the same positive light.  ISPs soon found that the majority …
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Over 50-Million Marketplace downloads served  —  The Xbox PR team just released some interesting data that I think some of you may find interesting.  Check these numbers out!  — The Xbox Live Marketplace just passed 50 million downloads.  That is double the 25 million mark from just three months ago.
Discussion: Joystiq and DigitalBattle
Robert Liu / news.tmcnet.com:
AOL Targets API v1.0 for AIM Phoneline by Year's End  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. - AOL, a division of Time Warner, plans to release version 1. of the application programming interface (API) to its AIM Phoneline voice over IP (VoIP) application by the end of the year so that any developer can tap …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Labeler  —  Google released the Google Image Labeler game.  The idea is that you will be labeling images along with a random partner, in real-time.  When you both find the same keywords, you score points and advance to the next round.  A high-score table shows who scored the most points.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba's HD-E1 and HD-XE1: 2nd-gen HD DVD action for Europe  —  The official announcement is still due for Saturday, but the word is out on the new set of HD DVD players Toshiba has planned for Europe this holiday season.  Currently on display at the IFA, the new HD-E1 and HD-XE1 …
Discussion: HD Beat and I4U News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MySpace driving more retail traffic than MSN search  —  New Hitwise findings indicate that MySpace sent more US traffic to online retail sites last week than MSN search, the third largest search engine on the web.  That's big news, as it's tangible evidence that youth oriented online social networking …
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Windows Media Player Beta 2 (for XP) now available for download  —  Fortunately everything has propped early so I can tell you about the new toy to play with over the long weekend- Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 w/ MTV's Urge music service, just in time for the MTV Video Music Awards ;).
Dan Frommer / Forbes:
America's Most Wired Cities  —  With most of the U.S. technology industry focused on the East and West coasts, you'd think the best place to get online would be San Francisco, or perhaps New York City.  But Atlanta tops Forbes.com's survey of America's most wired cities.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Pioneer planning BDR-103 HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive  —  Samsung got our hopes up and then dashed them.  Same with LG.  But ever since Ricoh announced its "smart" blue laser diode that can recognize what type of disc has been inserted and adjust the beam accordingly, we've been cautiously optimistic …
Discussion: Gizmodo, HD Beat, HDBlog.net and CrunchGear
 
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