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8:40 AM ET, September 12, 2006

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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Windows Live Search ready to go live  —  Windows Live Search is expected to go live Monday night after less than a year in beta mode.  —  Microsoft said its new online search portal will feature an improved user interface that fetches more accurate Web search results.
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
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook to Allow Open Registrations
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Goes for Bigger Pond
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook To Remove Exclusivity - Riots on the Way?
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: IP Democracy and Lost Remote
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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
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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
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.
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 …
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
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
SITE NEWS: SEARCHMOB IS LIVE!  —  Remember when I asked you all what you thought about the idea of turning over the reins and letting you post technology, search and media-related stories to Searchblog?  Inspired by Piers Fawkes, an FM author, who used Pligg to do Marktd …
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
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
 
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Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Game Makers Court 'Casual' Players With Shorter, Less Lethal Fare
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Valleywag:
Cheatsheet: What is pretexting?  —  This week's tech news is all about …
Discussion: Digital Rules
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Oh geez, we didn't sell any of those exploding laptops to the SEC, did we?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Loopt to make mobile presence usable
Discussion: Paul Graham and Screenwerk
David A. Utter / Blog Talk:
Google TV Ad Partner: Guess Who?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs dishes tomorrow at 10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST. Be there.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Brazil
Confused Of Calcutta:
On social software and consensus
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and AccMan
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Valleywag:
Google's Coke Habit: Exclusive photos of Pepsi-less Googleplex fridges …
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
More on Digg Friends
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
3Jam launches group SMS, nice
Discussion: Treonauts
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
The Winners Are...  Computer systems are notoriously finicky.
Business Week:
Helping Big Brother Go High Tech
Tom's Hardware Guide:
Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage