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5:55 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.
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?
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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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:   Live.com 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
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Tom Krazit / ZDNet:
Apple taking iTunes to the movies?
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
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Leon Lazaroff / Bloomberg:
William Ziff, Who Built Ziff-Davis Empire, Dead at 76 (Update2)
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.
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 …
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
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.
ThePCSpy.com General Feed:
What Slows Windows Down?  —  Introduction  —  Any computer user that's owned and installed software onto their computer knows that the more you install, the slower the beast runs.  Most also know that it's not just quantity and that what you install plays a large factor in how slowly your computer runs.
Discussion: Lifehacker, Download Squad and digg
Valleywag:
Google's Coke Habit: Exclusive photos of Pepsi-less Googleplex fridges for Coke visit  —  "Coca Cola is coming to have a meeting onsite at Google on Monday," an employee wrote in this weekend.  According to an internal e-mail, "Google is removing all competitors' beverages from the cafes and mini kitchens."
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.
 
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Bill Stumpf, creator of the Aeron chair, passes away at 70
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Loopt to make mobile presence usable
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David A. Utter / Blog Talk:
Google TV Ad Partner: Guess Who?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
More on Digg Friends
Discussion: Neothoughts
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 News.com:
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
New York Times:
Group Nears Record Deal for Chip Maker
USA Today:
Gas-line broadband a pipe dream?
Isabelle Kassam / Independent:
Insurers get in tune with the iPod generation