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2:40 AM ET, September 12, 2006


 Top Items: 
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 …
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: leaving beta, replacing MSN search  —  Microsoft just put out a press release announcing the release from beta of Live Search and of 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.
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.
Discussion: and Screenwerk
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook To Remove Exclusivity - Riots on the Way?
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
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
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?
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.
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference  —  I thought this guy looked familiar, I met him at Foocamp a few years ago.  His name is Mark Finnern and he works for SAP.  —  But check out those boards behind him.  Yeah, SAP is using the unplanned model that Foocamp introduced.
Discussion: AccMan and Ryan Stewart
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 …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: Mathew Ingram and AccMan
Fred Bierman / New York Times:
Are You Breaking Up? A Cellphone Original Comedy Is Calling
Discussion: IP Democracy
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
Discussion: Treonauts
 Earlier Items: 
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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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
Discussion: and The Tech Report
USA Today:
Gas-line broadband a pipe dream?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon's e-book reader
What News Corp doesn't want you to know about MySpace: Condensed edition
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and digg