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5:55 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.
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
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Images Labeler: Google's Challenge To Flickr?  —  Google Blogoscoped spotted the Google Image Labeler game, designed to help Google improve its image search results through tagging.  It feels like a catch-up game with human-powered efforts that Yahoo is embracing via Flickr …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Daily SearchCast
San Francisco Chronicle:
Phishing expedition at heart of AT&T hacking  —  When AT&T said in a press release this week that "unauthorized persons illegally hacked into a computer system and accessed personal data" from thousands of DSL customers, it wasn't telling the whole story.  —  Internal company documents show …
Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Phishing Phor Phishers
Discussion: digg
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 …
Joel / Loud Thinking:
Fear, Uncertain, and Doubt by Joel Spolsky  —  Joel Spolsky is a good writer.  I've thoroughly enjoyed many of his pieces.  Language Wars is not one of them.  Actually, let me recant that.  It's not entirely true.  I did enjoy his latest piece on one level.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
It's Official: Windows Vista RC1 Is Complete  —  This just in: Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin has just now posted an announcement that RC1 is complete on the TechBeta/TAP site (note that it's password-protected).  We're reproducing the text here so that you all can see his comments.
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 …
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Samsung Q1P UMPC adds a missing link: HSDPA  —  Two short weeks ago we heard about the Samsung Q1-SSD with flash drive and the Q1b which will sport a Via processor.  Get ready for the Q1P, which will also have a Via CPU but adds HDSPA connectivity.  The announcement just hit at the IFA show …
Discussion: Engadget and The Mobile Gadgeteer
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
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
The New Barbarians  —  Free software.  Bargain chips.  The always-on Internet.  Today's tech giants are in danger.  But the next big boom has already begun.  —  William Coleman doesn't need to make another fortune in high-tech.  He is 58 years old and—twice—has earned more than enough money to retire.
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Talent hunting in the counterculture  —  Pyromaniacs on the payroll?  Sure.  Counterculture events like this week's Burning Man attract exactly the kind of creative people you want working for you.  —  (Business 2. Magazine) — If you want to make an appointment to see Larry Page …
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Shelley / The Bb Gun:
What will work  —  Both Tara Hunt and The Head Lemur have written …
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Jo Best / CNET
Samsung claims to have cracked 4G
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A First Look at the TravelDock Z500
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba's HD-E1 and HD-XE1: 2nd-gen HD DVD action for Europe
Discussion: HD Beat and I4U News
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AOL Targets API v1.0 for AIM Phoneline by Year's End
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Doc Searls Weblog:
Two pieces in Business 2. — Blogging for big bucks and The New …
Apple Did It Again: Silent Upgrade of Mac mini Models - Lionel - 17:11:05
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and MacSlash
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Windows Media Player Beta 2 (for XP) now available for download
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
ISPs fight against encrypted BitTorrent downloads
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft executive stock bonuses, by the numbers
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Over 50-Million Marketplace downloads served
Discussion: Joystiq and DigitalBattle
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