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2:25 AM ET, September 12, 2006

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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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MSN Search's WebLog:
Live Search is Live  —  The best day to work on a large scale service like Live Search is the day when you launch new improvements.  By that measure, today is one of the best days our team has had in a long time J .  —  Some folks have had a sneak peak, but for the most part we've kept …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Live.com leaving beta, replacing MSN search
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.
Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Facebook No Longer Exclusive » Facebook No Longer Exclusive
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
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)  —  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
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.
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.
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 …
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
Business Week:
Helping Big Brother Go High Tech  —  Cisco, Oracle, and other U.S. companies are supplying China's police with software and gear that can be used to keep tabs on criminals and dissidents  —  Google, (GOOG ) Yahoo!, (YHOO ) and Microsoft (MSFT ) endured a wave of public disapproval earlier …
 
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
The video will be carried wirelessly over a LARDF (Local Area …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference
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Top Web Apps in Brazil
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Google's Coke Habit: Exclusive photos of Pepsi-less Googleplex fridges …
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3Jam launches group SMS, nice
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Marketing Services Is the Future of Media
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Study: Wikipedia Dominates Brand Search Results
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Gizmodo:
Toshiba Creates Three-Layered Disc
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
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Google personalized recommendations widget
USA Today:
Gas-line broadband a pipe dream?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon's e-book reader
Valleywag:
What News Corp doesn't want you to know about MySpace: Condensed edition
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