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5:00 AM ET, September 12, 2006


 Top Items: 
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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Goes for Bigger Pond
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook to Allow Open Registrations
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook To Remove Exclusivity - Riots on the Way?
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 …
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft to unveil new search engine  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. plans Tuesday to officially launch its updated and renamed Internet search engine, the latest step in a massive effort to make headway against market leaders Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) and Google Inc.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: leaving beta, replacing MSN search
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Movie Downloads, Coming Soon to An IPod Near You  —  It is not a stretch to say that the iPod changed, and helped save, the music business.  One in five Americans has owned one of Apple Computer Inc.'s sleek little iPods.  Consumers have filled their iPods with more than 1 billion songs …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Tom Krazit / ZDNet:
Apple taking iTunes to the movies?  —  When Apple raises the curtain on Tuesday's "special event," it will likely signal its deepest push yet into the living rooms of both Mac and PC users, according to a vast cadre of Apple watchers.  —  If the analysts and enthusiasts are on target …
Discussion: TechSpot
New York Times:
William B. Ziff Jr., 76, Builder of Magazine Empire, Dies  —  William B. Ziff Jr., a publishing executive who made publications like Car and Driver and PC Magazine must reading among hobbyists and computer enthusiasts, died Saturday at his home in Pawling, N.Y. He was 76.
Discussion: Colin's Corner
Leon Lazaroff / Bloomberg:
William Ziff, Who Built Ziff-Davis Empire, Dead at 76 (Update2)  —  Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) — William Ziff, who took a small family owned publishing firm and built it into two magazine empires, died Sept. 9 at the age of 76, a family spokesman said.  —  Ziff, chairman and chief executive officer …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
"Atlas" 1.0 Naming and Roadmap  —  Over the last year we've been working hard on "Atlas".  It has evolved, changed, and grown because of the amazing amount of feedback and early adoption that we've seen.  We've had an unbelievable amount of interest and excitement around the product, with more than 250,000 downloads this year alone.
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, Download Squad and Slashdot
SAMSUNG Introduces the Next Generation of Nonvolatile Memory - PRAM  —  Seoul , Korea - September 11, 2006 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced that it has completed the first working prototype of what is expected …
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Yahoo Finance Now Carries All Seeking Alpha Articles  —  Yahoo Finance Now Carries Seeking Alpha Articles  —  Today is a big day for Seeking Alpha and its contributors.  Yahoo! Finance now carries Seeking Alpha stock market content, accessible from Yahoo!'s stock quote pages and other areas of its site.
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.
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?
Fred Bierman / New York Times:
Are You Breaking Up?  A Cellphone Original Comedy Is Calling  —  Television viewers may not know Donick Cary's name, but they've probably laughed at his jokes.  —  As a writer for "Late Show With David Letterman" from 1992 to 1997 and as a writer and producer for "The Simpsons," …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Loopt to make mobile presence usable
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Dave Zatz / Engadget:
Hands-on with the TiVo Series3!
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference
Discussion: AccMan and Ryan Stewart
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Top Web Apps in Brazil
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On social software and consensus
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and AccMan
Google's Coke Habit: Exclusive photos of Pepsi-less Googleplex fridges …
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
More on Digg Friends
Discussion: Neothoughts
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
3Jam launches group SMS, nice
Discussion: Treonauts
Business Week:
Helping Big Brother Go High Tech
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Study: Wikipedia Dominates Brand Search Results
Discussion: Small Initiatives
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
NBC aims at surge in digital activities
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
Discussion: and The Tech Report
New York Times:
Group Nears Record Deal for Chip Maker
Business 2.0:
Suddenly everything's coming up widgets
Isabelle Kassam / Independent:
Insurers get in tune with the iPod generation