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6:45 PM ET, September 5, 2006

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Microsoft:
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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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Brian Valentine going to Amazon.com
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Larry Angell / iLounge:
Apple to hold 'Showtime' event on September 12th  —  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 …
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Special Apple event scheduled for September 12  —  Apple has sent select members of the media and others invitations to attend a special event scheduled for September 12 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, Calif.
Discussion: Valleywag, CrunchGear and MacRumors
Business Week:
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
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
MySpace: Meet the Band, Buy the Song
Joe / Techdirt:
MySpace Music Plan May Be More Than A Me Too
AppleInsider:
Apple cell phone is real and ready for production - analyst  —  Analysts for American Technology Research on Tuesday encourage investors to get aggressive in purchasing shares of Apple Computer prior to the launch of the company's much rumored iPod cell phone, which it says is likely to revolutionize the handset industry.
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.
Claire Hill / ipodhub.net:
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.
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.
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 …
Simon Burns / vnunet:
China to lead the broadband world  —  IPTV and games will help lure almost 140 million online by 2010  —  China will overtake the US next year to become the world's largest broadband internet market, analysts have forecast.  —  The number of broadband subscribers in China is growing …
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 …
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.
Matthew Broersma / Techworld.com:
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
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Are newspapers and magazines dying?  —  I don't read newspapers or magazines anymore, at least not printed versions.  I stopped subscribing 8 or 9 years ago.  Editor & Publisher , America's Oldest Journal Covering The Newspaper Industry, today published "Winning Online - A Manifesto" …
 
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Gsmith / Smith On VoIP:
What Happened to the WOO HOO?
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Look out, Slingbox: Sony announces new LocationFree TV models
Discussion: CrunchGear and eHomeUpgrade
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ComBOTS is easy VOIP and file transfer for your avatars
Valerie Thompson / alarm:clock euro:
Miyowa More Mobile Instant Messaging
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Employee lead Podcasting at IBM yields Benefits
Reuters:
Taiwan firm drops China iPod libel case
Reuters:
Crocodile hunter's death clogs Web sites
Discussion: Techdirt
Celia Lin / DigiTimes:
Dell reportedly to use about 20 million AMD CPUs
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Research Builds 'BrowserShield'
Discussion: Download Squad
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Rethinking Google's system Human-powered search premieres
Bratislav / Discussions:
Topic: Random, Sudden Shutdowns - A redux and other things to rule out first
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Douglas Engelbart's HyperScope 1.0 Launched
Discussion: Adaptive Path
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Narrowcasting with customized homepages
Discussion: Between the Lines
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Bad news for mobile music
The Register:
Wi-Fi guidance becomes law in California
Discussion: Smart Mobs and Slashdot
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Finally, a Sirius IPod Threat
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