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10:05 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 …
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.
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?
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: leaving beta, replacing MSN search
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
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 exposé on MySpace and its poster boy Tom Anderson (pictured), journalism student Trent Lapinski sold his story to Valleywag.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and digg
Nisan Gabbay / Startup Review:
MySpace Case Study: Not a purely viral start
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
The Winners Are...  Computer systems are notoriously finicky.  They'll hum along just fine and then unaccountably slow down, freeze up or stop working altogether.  Finding the cause of some unexplained problem is difficult and time-consuming, especially with complicated systems in real-life settings.
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 …
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
9/11: Birth of the Blog  —  When the world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, the web changed with it.  —  While phone networks and big news sites struggled to cope with heavy traffic, many survivors and spectators turned to online journals to share feelings, get information or detail their whereabouts.
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?
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 …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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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:
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Marketing Services Is the Future of Media
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fall VoN is On  —  In a few hours from now …
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John Naughton / Observer:
Why Vista will mean the end of the Microsoft monolith