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3:20 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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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 …
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.
HardMac.com:
New Apple Products: Information [updated] - Lionel - 19:46:06  —  Couple of years ago, we would have added [Rumors] in the title of this news, but we have checked with our sources, so it is real information; except that we do not know if the announcement will be for next Thursday, Apple Expo or later.
Discussion: The Apple Core and MacSlash
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's the small things at Google that impress  —  I visited the Googleplex for the third time yesterday.  I'm still thinking through what I learned that was different from prior trips.  More later (they didn't have me sign an NDA, so I can share whatever I learned with you …
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
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!
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
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.
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 …
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
 
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