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3:00 AM ET, September 12, 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 Facebook.com 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 …
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Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Facebook to Adopt Open-Admissions Policy  —  As It Becomes Less Exclusive, Privacy Issues Remain After Member Protest  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Social network Facebook plans to completely ditch its admissions policy, welcoming anyone with internet access.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook to Allow Open Registrations
Discussion: GigaOM
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook To Remove Exclusivity - Riots on the Way?
Microsoft:
Windows Live Services Reach Key Milestones  —  Live Search, Live.com 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 Live.com in 47 markets worldwide, and final availability …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Live.com leaving beta, replacing MSN search  —  Microsoft just put out a press release announcing the release from beta of Live Search and of Live.com in 47 markets worldwide.  The release also says that Live Search will now power search on MSN.  The changes don't appear to have gone into effect yet, but they could at any time.
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft to unveil new search engine
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
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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
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Leon Lazaroff / Bloomberg:
William Ziff, Who Built Ziff-Davis Empire, Dead at 76 (Update2)
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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Joe / Techdirt:   How Good Is Your Insurance Policy On iTunes Downloads?
Samsung:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Dave Zatz / Engadget:
Hands-on with the TiVo Series3!  —  The world's first THX-certified, dual CableCARD DVR has finally arrived in the form of TiVo's Series3.  It doesn't come cheap with a price tag of $799 (don't forget service!), but it's a fine cable company DVR replacement if your budget allows it.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Netscape.com
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 …
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.
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Fred Bierman / New York Times:
Are You Breaking Up? A Cellphone Original Comedy Is Calling
Discussion: IP Democracy
Valleywag:
Google's Coke Habit: Exclusive photos of Pepsi-less Googleplex fridges …
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
More on Digg Friends
Discussion: Neothoughts
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
3Jam launches group SMS, nice
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Study: Wikipedia Dominates Brand Search Results
Discussion: Small Initiatives
Gizmodo:
Toshiba Creates Three-Layered Disc
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cortina Systems announces whopping round, puchases Intel biz for $115M
USA Today:
Gas-line broadband a pipe dream?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon's e-book reader
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What News Corp doesn't want you to know about MySpace: Condensed edition
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The Fall VoN is On  —  In a few hours from now …
 

 
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