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11:55 AM 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.
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 …
Firefox 2.0 beta 2 boasts enhanced look, features  —  Mozilla released Beta 2 of its upcoming Firefox 2 browser for developer review Aug. 31, emphasizing that it is being made available for testing purposes only.  The release contains a number of new features, as well as some enhancements to look and feel.
Mathew Ingram /
Social software is not a fad  —  Ryan Carson says he doesn't have time to use all those social apps like and Flickr and Digg, although he thinks they are cool, and Phil Edwards says that he likes them too but sees the phenomenon as appealing to a relatively small niche of Web geeks …
Phil / Cloud Street:   We're all together now, dancing in time  —  Ryan Carson:
Rob Hyndman /
Is Social Software too Social?  —  Nicholas Carr once again pokes …
Discussion: Message and Geeking with Greg
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Berners-Lee calls for Web 2.0 calm  —  Analysis Five years after the first internet bubble burst, we're now witnessing the backlash against Web 2.0 and a plethora of me-too business plans, marketing pitches and analyst reports exploiting the nebulous phrase.
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:   Scrap Web 2.0, yes, but embrace Knowledge 2.0 surely
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 …
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.
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's survey of America's most wired cities.
Deutsche Telekoms offering new rate packages consisting of Internet, fixline telephony, mobile communications, and entertainment  —  T-Com now offering single-, double-, and triple-play - Price reductions of up to 30 percent - T-Mobile introduces inexpensive minutes and flat-rate packages …
Discussion: GigaOM and EuroTelcoblog
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.
Discussion: Anything But iPod and Gadgetell
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 …
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 ;).
Ravi / All about Linux:
Transcript of talk with Richard .M. Stallman on the sidelines of 4th International GPLv3 Conference held at Bangalore  —  Various governments in the developing world are slowly but surely waking up to the advantages that free software can provide both in terms of monetary savings as well as otherwise.
Discussion: Open Sources 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: DigitalBattle and Joystiq
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.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Paris Hilton hacks voicemail using Asterisk  —  Celebrities Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are in a well-known feud that now has entered one of my favorite realms, namely VoIP.  According to an InfoWorld article, (which Asterisk VoIP News reminded me about), it is alleged that Paris Hilton used …
Fred / A VC:
Social Widgets  —  I've spent a lot of time thinking about the MySpace music player and the YouTube video player.  I believe these two "widgets" (if you can call them that) have been very significant parts of the success of those two services.  —  In the case of MySpace, the ability to simply click …
It's here: the 16GB USB dongle  —  Toshiba has announced the world's biggest USB dongle - an impressive 16GB.  —  The TransMemory line of flash memory sticks range from 512MB up to 4GB, but with a special "limited edition" 16GB version, presumably just for showing off.
Discussion: SCI FI Tech, Slashdot, CrunchGear and digg
Intel expected to cut thousands of jobs  —  update 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 has learned.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, having suffered several …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Divergent fortunes for optical hardware makers  —  Technology is a brutal business - you age publicly, almost like a former heart throb, to an object of pity.  Take the case of three optical hardware makers - Ciena, White Rock Networks and Infinera.  Ciena hit the skids because of slower than expected sales.
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft executive stock bonuses, by the numbers  —  Back in 2003, when Microsoft stopped giving employees stock options and instead started granting actual shares, the company also announced a new executive bonus plan called the Shared Performance Stock Award Program.
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