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7:55 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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Neowin.net:
Post-Vista: Microsoft to Rethink Windows
Discussion: Strategic Board Blog
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
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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 …
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.
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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.
Gizmodo:
HP iPAQ rx4000: Mobile Media and PDA Hybrid is Sexy (For an iPAQ)  —  HP, we've always loved you for your brains.  But we're glad you've gone ahead and made a mobile gadget that doesn't look like its meant for the corporate goon-squad.  What we have here is a design-y Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC device …
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 …
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.
Elliot Noss / The Tucows Blog:
Why We Bought Kiko.com  —  On August 26th, 2006, Tucows was the winning bidder in the widely discussed (Techmeme, digg.com, Stowe Boyd) eBay auction of the web-based calendar application Kiko.  —  Why Did We Buy Kiko?  —  While there are a lot of little reasons, I'll cover a few of them in a moment …
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" …
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.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Sci Fi Creates 'Webisodes' to Lure Viewers to TV  —  Beginning tonight the television series "Battlestar Galactica" will travel from outer space into cyberspace.  The Sci Fi Channel, which broadcasts the series, has created online mini-episodes, the first of which is scheduled to be posted at midnight.
Business Week:
Reinventing The Wheel, Slowly  —  Segway hasn't transformed city life, but its technology may yet become pervasive  —  Segway, the company started by noted inventor Dean Kamen with the modest goal of changing the way the world moves on two feet, recently introduced two new models of its "personal transporter."
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
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 …
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Look out, Slingbox: Sony announces new LocationFree TV models  —  Sony today updated its LocationFree TV product lineup with three new models due to hit stores in October.  In addition to two new Base Stations, the $200 LF-B10 and $250 LF-B20, the LocationFree line will now include …
 
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Reuters:
Taiwan firm drops China iPod libel case
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Crocodile hunter's death clogs Web sites
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Dell reportedly to use about 20 million AMD CPUs
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Research Builds 'BrowserShield'
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Matthew Broersma / Techworld.com:
zCodec promises video, delivers nasties
Discussion: Slashdot
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Rethinking Google's system Human-powered search premieres
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
In a TiVo World, Television Turns Marketing Efforts to New Media
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
Experimenting with Brands in Second Life
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Bad news for mobile music
Nokia:
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