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3:35 PM ET, September 5, 2006


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Industry Testing of Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 Begins  —  Microsoft will broaden popular Customer Preview Program to allow for new participants; U.S. estimated retail pricing details now available.  —  Following the release Friday of Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Release Candidate 1 …
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MySpace's Musical End Run  —  The networking site will let bands sell songs straight to fans, a move that could prove a new source of revenue for sites and musicians  —  Independent musicians from small-town Iowa to Australia have used MySpace to win friends and influence people, gaining wide audiences for their music.
Discussion: Download Squad
Joe / Techdirt:
MySpace Music Plan May Be More Than A Me Too
Larry Angell / iLounge:
The Free iPod Book 2.0The Free iPod Book 2.0  —  Apple today confirmed that it will hold a special event on Tuesday, September 12th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California.  An invitation sent to select media, including iLounge, features Hollywood premiere-style spotlights …
Claire Hill /
iPod movies unveiled  —  Apple, soon to officially announce its strategy to deliver movies through the iTunes Music Store (which according to one source is going to be rebranded), and its movie studio partners are working on creating a large library of hits for download within the first six months of making full length films available.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Mobility Site and digg
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
In a TiVo World, Television Turns Marketing Efforts to New Media  —  A scene from "The Class,'' which has its premiere Sept. 18 on CBS.  The series and three others are part of a deal that will let TiVo subscribers see previews.  —  MUCH of the ferment that is remaking Madison Avenue …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Facebook Redesign More Than Aesthetic  —  Facebook launched two new features and a major design change tonight that affects all of their 9.5 million users.  The new products, called News Feed and Mini Feed, are designed to change what Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls Facebook's old …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Online Game, Made in U.S., Seizes the Globe  —  SEOUL, South Korea — At 10:43 p.m. one recent Saturday, in a smoky basement gaming parlor under a bank in this sprawling city's expensive Daechi neighborhood, Yoon Chang Joon, a 25-year-old orc hunter known online as Prodigy, led his troops into battle.
Discussion: Joystiq
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Help for the Merchant in Navigating a Sea of Shopper Opinions  —  DEMOCRACY is coming to online shopping.  —  Scores of Internet merchants have recently begun following Amazon's lead by posting customer reviews — both flattering and flaming — of products they sell, and directing shoppers to sources of the most highly rated items.
Bratislav / Discussions:
Topic: Random, Sudden Shutdowns - A redux and other things to rule out first  —  Random, Sudden Shutdowns - A redux and other things to rule out first  —  Do a google search for "macbook random shutdown" and you'll find many people with similar problems reporting on various forums.
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Bad news for mobile music  —  Survey illustrates uphill battle  —  A SURVEY carried out by Entertainment Media Research - in association with the law firm Olswang - makes pretty dire reading for the mobile phone industry.  By contrast, it gives a whacking great boost to the social networking sites.
Matthew Broersma /
zCodec promises video, delivers nasties  —  Users looking for the latest and greatest video software may not just be in danger from media lawyers.  Security firm Panda Software last week warned that zCodec, which claims to offer "up to 40 percent better (video) quality," …
Discussion: Slashdot
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Research Builds 'BrowserShield'  —  Microsoft researchers are experimenting with an automatic code zapper for the company's Internet Explorer Web browser.  —  Researchers at the Redmond, Wash., company have completed work on a prototype framework called BrowserShield that promises …
Discussion: Download Squad
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Poll: Online viewers shun lengthy videos  —  NEW YORK - Only one in five online video viewers has watched or downloaded a full-length movie or television show, according to a new AP-AOL Video poll.  —  Overall, more than half of Internet users have watched or downloaded video.
Taiwan firm drops China iPod libel case  —Text+BEIJING, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A Taiwanese firm has dropped its libel claim against two Shanghai journalists and their newspaper for saying that workers at a plant manufacturing iPods were mistreated, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Narrowcasting with customized homepages  —  Personalized homepages have been around for over 10 years and recently have gathered increased attention as a new generation of personalized homepages enter the space.  The programmed personal homepage is changing, with cobrands …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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T.L. Stanley / AdAge:
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Johnny Cache breaks silence on Apple Wi-Fi exploit
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Douglas Engelbart's HyperScope 1.0 Launched
Discussion: Adaptive Path
The Register:
Wi-Fi guidance becomes law in California
Discussion: Smart Mobs and Slashdot
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Finally, a Sirius IPod Threat
Discussion: Orbitcast, Gizmodo and digg
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