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8:50 PM ET, September 13, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Google/Intuit Partnership  —  Google and Intuit are announcing a partnership today at 1:15 pm California time.  The meat of it seems to be that they are building Google services directly into Intuit's QuickBooks, so small business users will be able to list themselves on Google Maps …
Intuit and Google Forge Alliance  —  Combines the Power of QuickBooks with Google's Reach to Help  —  Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced today a strategic alliance designed to help millions of small businesses promote themselves online using a variety …
Discussion: AccMan
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Intuit & Google Announce Major Local Search Marketing Partnership  —  In a development with potentially sweeping implications for local search and small business online marketing, Intuit has announced a partnership with Google that integrates AdWords campaign management and other Google-related …
Discussion: deal architect and Screenwerk
Nina Shapiro / Seattle Weekly:
Coming Zune  —  Once again, Microsoft is chasing Apple in the hipster hardware game.  Will it make sweet music this time?  —  "Wicked!" exclaims Richard Winn, as he stands on Seattle Center's Broad Street Lawn during Bumbershoot, expressing appreciation for the French band Nouvelle Vague.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Say hello to my little Zune: official launch tomorrow
Google Introduces Featured Content for Google Earth  —  Pilot partners include United Nations Environmental Program, Discovery Networks, and National Park Service  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today released Featured Content for Google Earth, a new showcase of multimedia overlays in Google Earth …
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
New UI Showdown: Apple vs. TiVo  —  Although movie downloads and the iTV set-top box are hugely significant for Apple, an announcement of similar import has been largely overlooked — the new navigation scheme in iTunes.  —  As Steve Jobs demonstrated Tuesday, users of iTunes 7 can now flip through …
New York Times:
Apple Plans to Inhabit Living Room  —  Steven P. Jobs, Apple Computer's chief executive, concluded a much-anticipated company event on Tuesday with his usual tease, noting that he had "one last thing" to introduce.  —  Then, in an unusual departure from Apple's practice of announcing …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
NBC and Its Stations Venture Into Online Video Market  —  Hoping to profit from the fragmented market for video on the Internet, NBC Universal has created a new company that will distribute video programming to various Internet sites.  —  The new venture, called the National Broadband Company …
Microsoft Hardware Brings to Light First Rechargeable Wireless and Backlit Desktop  —  New hardware desktops and mouse combine style and performance.  —  Microsoft Hardware is evolving and transforming the desktop computing experience with the industry's first wireless rechargeable and backlit desktop …
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Go, Go Gadget Mouse: Microsoft Unveils Innovative Four-in-One Device
Discussion: Gearlog and Gizmodo
What about Quad Core?  —  Later this year Intel will be introducing pin compatible upgrades to its Core 2 and Xeon lines, except instead of two cores these processors will feature four.  Codenamed Kenstfield (Core 2) and Clovertown (Xeon), Intel's new quad-core processors will dramatically increase …
Luke Smith /
Sony's Answer to Xbox Live Revealed  —  How does Sony intend to compete with Xbox Live?  Here's how.  —  UPDATE II: Sony Computer Entertainment America responded to the below report with the following statement: "We can confirm that Sony Online Entertainment is in talks with Viacom and Xfire for a single, specific PS3 game.
Intuitively easy to use, stylish Nokia 6085 brings balance to a busy life  —  New folding camera phone offers classic style, excellent usability and compelling features at an affordable price  —  Espoo, Finland - Expanding its highly popular portfolio of folding mobile phones …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Phone Scoop
Traci /
A Peek Inside TechCrunch's 100k Subscriber Milestone  —  Seems like just yesterday we welcomed TechCrunch to the FeedBurner family (now 242,062 publishers strong).  Quite a bit has happened since June 15, 2005 when founder Michael Arrington was writing the first profiles of such companies as Flickr,, Digg and Bloglines.
Don't be a flack: Tips for PR workers from the journalists who hate them  —  Today a flack from public relations firm SS PR sent me yet another piece of spam following up an e-mail pitch I never asked for, proving that PR folks need some guidance in how to avoid being "that annoying flack" …
O2 Xda Stealth  —  DESCRIPTION:  —  Author: Asher Moses, pda |  STEALTH |  smartphone |  xda  —  Scheduled for release in Australia towards the end of September, the O2 Xda Stealth is so new that, at the time of writing this story, the product is nowhere to be found on O2's global website …
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Microsoft gives go-ahead to open-source Web services  —  Microsoft is pledging not to assert its patents pertaining to nearly three dozen Web services specifications—a move designed to ease concerns among developers by creating a legal environment more friendly to open-source software.
Sprint Announces Plans To Expand EV-DO Revision A-Capable Device Portfolio  —  Two additional mobile broadband cards to support advanced mobile broadband speeds when available in 4Q 2006  —  Sprint Media Contact:  —  Amy Schiska-Lombard, 913-794-2947  —  Left: Sprint Mobile Broadband Card by Pantech (PX-500)
FBD Revisited  —  Thus far the only real downside we've seen to the Mac Pro is its use of Fully Buffered DIMM (FBD).  As we mentioned in our initial article discussing the Mac Pro's specifications, the FBD spec calls for a serial interface between memory controller and memory modules …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Tech Report
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Flock CEO steps down
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Site Previously for Students Will Be Opened to Others
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Cingular bans the word "engadget" from its customer forums
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
My Last Day at SAP  —  In case anyone noticed, I have been 1) …