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4:50 AM ET, September 13, 2006


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Paul Boutin / Engadget:
Live from the Steve Jobs Keynote — "It's Showtime"  —  Yup, for the second time in two months Steve Jobs is going to get up on stage and do his thing.  We're there with live coverage of the blow-by-blow, keep refreshing this page for the latest.  —  P.S. - Yes, we know that the Apple Store is down.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Apple 'It's Showtime!' event — live coverage  —  Macworld is bringing readers live coverage of today's "It's Showtime!"  Apple event from San Francisco, Calif. Please click on your browser's Refresh button to see the latest information.  —  Steve Jobs opened Tuesday's "It's Showtime!" …
Apple forges path to digital living room  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Apple Computer overhauled its digital music and video offerings on Tuesday, introducing new iPods in three categories and announcing plans to make movies available for purchase through the iTunes store.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Steve Jobs, Bill Gates 2.0?  —  Yet another masterful Emmy winning performance by Steve Jobs, which met most if not all the expectations of the Mac faithful.  GigaOM readers were once again proven right, and Apple launched a movie download service, albeit a watered down version than what most had expected or imagined.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
New Nano from Apple
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Michael Gartenberg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Here's What Apple Announced Today
Microsoft Open Specification Promise  —  Microsoft irrevocably promises not to assert any Microsoft Necessary Claims against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing or distributing any implementation to the extent it conforms to a Covered Specification ("Covered Implementation"), subject to the following.
Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
Microsoft's Open Specification Promise  —  Red Hat commends Microsoft's efforts to reach out to the open source community and its willingness to make modifications in response to their comments  —  Posted on Tuesday 12 September 2006  —  Today marks a major milestone for Mike Jones and myself.
Phil Windley's Technometria:   Digital Identity in BC Government
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:   Delivering on the identity promise
Wall Street Journal:
Will Wikipedia Mean the End Of Traditional Encyclopedias?  —  Wikipedia, the community-edited online encyclopedia, has blossomed.  It has thousands of volunteers that have created more than five million entries in dozens of languages on everything from the Elfin-woods warbler to Paris Hilton.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MySpace: We don't need Web 2.0  —  News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin told company investors today that, "If you look at virtually any Web 2.0 application, whether its YouTube, whether it's Flickr, whether it's Photobucket or any of the next-generation Web applications …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Mike Farrell /   News Corp. May Launch YouTube Rival
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   MySpace: We'll Crush YouTube
Silicon Valley Watcher:
SVW Exclusive: The identity of LonelyGirl15  —  One of the most interesting questions in the online world is who is LonelyGirl15?  We think we know who she is.  —  Late last week it was revealed that LonelyGirl15, aka "Bree" was not a real 16 year old videoblogger, and her appearances …
New York Times:
Well, It Turns Out That Lonelygirl Really Wasn't  —  A nearly four-month-old Internet drama in which the cryptic video musings of a fresh-faced teenager became the obsession of millions of devotees — themselves divided over the very authenticity of the videos, or who was behind them or why — appears to be in its final act.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Roundup of the other new iTunes 7 features  —  We've given you a walkthrough of the heavy hitting new features in the just-released iTunes 7.  We've shown you the new backup feature, as well as the slick new reverse syncing, and we've even explored how the new iTunes 7 UI could hint …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Walkthrough: iTunes 7's big new features
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
The future of MMOs, post-Warcraft  —  So what comes after World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online game (or MMO) that became so, well, massive, that it turned into a category killer that rumbled the industry?  That was the subject of much discussion last week at the Austin Game Conference …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Firm behind eDonkey to pay $30 million to avoid piracy claims  —  LOS ANGELES - The firm behind popular online file-sharing software eDonkey has agreed to pay $30 million to avoid potential copyright infringement lawsuits from the recording industry, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Rival behind Schwarzenegger Web flap  —  The Democratic rival to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged Tuesday that his aides were responsible for obtaining a controversial audio file in a move that has led to allegations of Web site hacking.  —  But the campaign manager …
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
Three's a charm for MS06-042?  —  It's patch Tuesday again, and Microsoft's hoping three's a charm for its wayward Cumulative IE patch, MS06-042.  —  The company quietly re-released (actually re-re-released) 042 today to fix yet another security hole introduced by the software update.
Discussion:, TechSpot and Slashdot
Tanya Palta /
Sanyo SCP-8400 For Sprint  —  The Sanyo SCP-8400 mobile phone will very soon be available on the US network Sprint.  This one too is a part of the SANYO's "go-to" camera phone line up and has all the features which any self-respecting phone of 2006 would include like Bluetooth …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and CrunchGear
Jonathan Zuck / CNET
Perspective: Which way, open-sourcers?  —  (The GPL 3) no longer works in the "fairness" sense.  It's purely a firebrand, and only good for the extremist policies of the FSF.  It's no longer a nice balance that a lot of people can accept, and that a lot of companies can stand behind once you explain it to them.
Discussion: AC/OS
NBC UNIVERSAL AND ITS AFFILIATES LAUNCH NBBC  —  nbbc Creates Digital Marketplace to Aggregate, Monetize and Distribute NBC Universal and Premium Third Party Content Across Vast Network  —  In an unprecedented move, NBC Universal and its broadcast affiliates will launch an independent business …
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Research Note: Show Me the Money Markets, Networks, and Communities
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider
Discussion: David Card and Slashdot
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Marketing Outpaces Ad Spending, Money Follows Shift To ROI, Pursuit Of 18-34 Demo
Discussion: AdJab and Lost Remote
Showtime event 'just the start' of Apple CE push
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News Corp to buy ringtone firm Jamba
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Phishers catch on to the Net's 'long tail'
 Earlier Items: 
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
The coming RIA wars: A roundup of the Web's new face
Discussion: Slashdot
USA Today:
Silicon Valley starts to party like it's 1999
Discussion: Valleywag
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
AT&T launches live broadband TV service
Discussion: Engadget and
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Location and identity are a powerful team
NETGEAR Ships SPH101 WiFi Phone for Skype in Volume
Discussion: MobileCrunch