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8:20 PM ET, September 11, 2006


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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Open Facebook  —  They'll let anyone in to Facebook these days.  —  Once the exclusive online stomping grounds of college students, social networking site is throwing open the doors to rest of the world.  The site is slated to announce in coming weeks that anyone can gain access to the site …
Discussion: The J. Botter Weblog
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Facebook to Adopt Open-Admissions Policy  —  As It Becomes Less Exclusive, Privacy Issues Remain After Member Protest  —  NEW YORK ( — Social network Facebook plans to completely ditch its admissions policy, welcoming anyone with internet access.
John Markoff / New York Times:
How Will Apple's Marketing Maestro Marry the Computer and the Home TV?  —  Has Apple Computer's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, found a way to connect the PC to the TV?  —  With an enticing invitation proclaiming "It's Showtime," Mr. Jobs last week touched off speculation about how far Apple …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Rumor Roundup
Discussion: Gizmodo
What News Corp doesn't want you to know about MySpace: Condensed edition  —  After News Corp. threatened to sue his publisher if they published his MySpace exposé, journalism student Trent Lapinski sold his story to Valleywag.  Below is the condensed version; the full version will follow later today.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and digg
Nisan Gabbay / Startup Review:
MySpace Case Study: Not a purely viral start
Isabelle Kassam / Independent:
Insurers get in tune with the iPod generation  —  Come loss or theft, you'll soon be able to claim for the music downloaded on to your gadgets  —  For millions of consumers, music downloads are replacing CDs and - for those dinosaurs who just can't let go - vinyl as the way they like to listen to tracks by their favourite bands.
Joe / Techdirt:   How Good Is Your Insurance Policy On iTunes Downloads?
USA Today:
HP's Dunn defends actions in emergency board meeting  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Chairwoman Patricia Dunn battled for her job Sunday over her role in an internal probe that plunged the tech giant into a scandal being investigated by law-enforcement authorities.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Like Shopping?  Social Networking?  Try Social Shopping  —  FOR most small businesses, competing on the Web is hardly easier than competing offline, where gigantic retailers with huge marketing budgets dominate.  But for Amenity Home, a start-up in Los Angeles with three products …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ramblings on ThisNext  —  A handful of startups are groping around …
New York Times:
Group Nears Record Deal for Chip Maker  —  A consortium of investment firms was near a deal late last night to acquire Freescale Semiconductor, a former unit of Motorola, for more than $16 billion, according to people briefed on the negotiations.  The deal, if completed …
Windows Live Services Reach Key Milestones  —  Live Search, and Live Local Search released from beta; Live Search to power search on MSN.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the release from beta of Live Search and of in 47 markets worldwide, and final availability …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Business 2.0:
Suddenly everything's coming up widgets  —  Breaking down the Web into small, portable pieces is the smart trend that everyone from Nokia to Google is betting on.  —  (Business 2.0) — Ed Anuff spent nearly eight years building portals for large corporations.
Tom's Hardware Guide:
Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage  —  Four On The Floor: Intel's Core 2 Quadro  —  There is a fascinating element to this combination of multiple processing cores, a fast architecture and even more performance: The new Core 2 Quadro processors are out to beat …
Discussion: George Ou and Download Squad
USA Today:
Gas-line broadband a pipe dream?  —  So intense is the drive to deliver high-speed Internet service to American homes that entrepreneurs have seemingly tapped every conceivable pathway: fiber-optic cable, the air, even power lines.  —  Now the relentless pursuit for faster …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
NBC aims at surge in digital activities  —  NBC Universal is planning a rapid acceleration of its digital activities in the hope of increasing online revenues five-fold by 2009.  —  The plans will centre on a redesign of iVillage, the women's website bought for $600m in March …
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Interesting Items Module: Recommend Searches, Pages & Gadgets  —  Google has added an Interesting items for you module to the personalized home page interface as noted in the Google Operating System blog.  Google works with your own searches and attempts to find other things that will be of interest to you.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg and digg
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Google personalized recommendations widget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon's e-book reader  —  Oh, come now, like you thought the world's largest book retailer (online) — which just started peddling digital video under the Unbox brand — wasn't going to go head to head with Sony's Reader on an e-book device and service?
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JJ Hawkins / PVR Wire:
MythTV 0.20 Released  —  The worlds favorite homebrew Linux …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Ryansingel / 27B Stroke 6:
German Tor Network Just Fine, Tor Director Says
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
New DVR patent helps advertisers get their pitch across during fast-forwarding
Discussion: Techdirt and PVR Wire
Business Week:
Helping Big Brother Go High Tech
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Marketing Services Is the Future of Media
Discussion: pc4media
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Study: Wikipedia Dominates Brand Search Results
Discussion: Small Initiatives
Toshiba Creates Three-Layered Disc
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cortina Systems announces whopping round, puchases Intel biz for $115M
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
Discussion: and The Tech Report
Neil Bennett /
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fall VoN is On  —  In a few hours from now …
New York Times:
An Industry Is Based on a Simple Masquerade
Discussion: Valleywag and Payments News
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
The Seattle Craigslist sex scandal
John Naughton / Observer:
Why Vista will mean the end of the Microsoft monolith