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5:55 AM ET, September 14, 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 …
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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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
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: InsideMicrosoft and Gizmodo
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Microsoft Expands Digital Communications Line With Notebook LifeCam Featuring Industry's Highest Video and Still Resolution  —  Consumer demand drives new VoIP accessories optimized for Windows Live.  —  With laptop sales up 37 percent1 in 2005 and more than 30 million U.S. households expected to use VoIP …
Microsoft:
Go, Go Gadget Mouse: Microsoft Unveils Innovative Four-in-One Device  —  Microsoft puts mobile productivity in the palm of your hand.  —  Are you a road warrior?  Tired of having so many gadgets to carry while on the road?  Consider the problem solved by the revolutionary industrial design …
Microsoft:   Microsoft Hardware Advances Ergonomic Leadership With First Natural Ergonomic Mouse
Microsoft:
All Systems Go: Microsoft Hardware Is Ready for Windows Vista
Discussion: Gearlog and Bink.nu
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Showtime: The Big Picture  —  Apple came into yesterday's "Showtime" special event with an awfully high set of expectations to meet.  First, the entire show pretty much had to be about movies — adding major motion pictures to the iPod Music Store, providing them in a high-enough quality format …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Final Public Office 2007 Test Build Due Thursday  —  Updated: Microsoft will post the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR) bits for download by more than 3.5 million testers on September 14.  The new build is primarily a bug-fix patch.  —  Microsoft plans to make the final public test build …
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Jensenh / Jensen Harris:
Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Tomorrow  —  This morning, we announced that starting tomorrow (Thursday, Septemeber 14) you'll be able to download the Beta 2 Technical Refresh build of Office 2007 (build 4407.1005).  —  I'm travelling on the east coast this week (New York, Boston, D.C.) …
Seth Schiesel / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Nintendo gets Wii ready for holidays  —  Company plans to put console on market Nov. 19  —  In a move that may allow Nintendo of Japan to take advantage of stumbles by its main rival, the company plans to announce today that it will release its new Wii video-game console in North and South America …
Wiredblogs / Monkey Bites:
Kevin Rose: Netscape's Model 'A Bad Idea,' New Digg API Soon  —  While speaking at the Future of Web Apps summit, Digg founder Kevin Rose reaffirmed his position in the debate over whether top users should be paid for their submissions, branding Netscape's model as "a bad idea."
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Newsome.Org
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Smartpox - Create and Share Mobile Codes  —  Smartpox, which is currently in beta, is a social site that allows users to share URLs, email addresses and phone numbers in the real world.  The data is converted into a "smartpox code" (aka QR code) which can appear on posters, stickers, business cards and other real-world items.
Phone Scoop:
HTC Libra To Support EVDO Rev. A  —  At the CTIA show in LA this week, a new Windows Mobile device from HTC was revealed and HTC executives confirmed several key details about the device.  The phone, code-named Libra has both a traditional numeric keypad and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Sam Gustin / Village Voice:
Google: The New Port Authority … 111 Eighth Avenue, designed by Lusby Simpson and completed in 1932 to house the Port Authority of New York, is one of the largest buildings in the city, an architectural marvel, and a landmark.  Looming like a 15-story locomotive over Chelsea …
Tim Greene / Network World:
Regulation could stifle video over 'Net, says VON speaker  —  As video on the Internet takes hold, proponents of the technology should beware the potentially stifling effects of government regulation, warned the keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary VON show in Boston Tuesday.
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Associated Press, MSNBC Video to Support Macs, Firefox  —  There is nothing more frustrating for Macintosh users or those who use the Firefox browser than going to a video site and hitting a wall demanding Windows and the Internet Explorer browser.  But when the Associated Press' Online Video Network …
Nokia:
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
About Skype:
Skype Introduces Video Calling for Macintosh Users  —  Cross Platform Support lets Mac and Windows Users see each other with free video calls  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, has released the beta version of its popular communications software, Skype for Mac 2.0 …
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Introduces 4GB miniSDHC Flash Card for Mobile Phones  —  Industry's Highest Capacity Card For Cellphones Will Enable High-Resolution Photography, Digital Video, Music, Games and Data Storage  —  SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced a 4-gigabyte (GB)1 miniSD High Capacity …
 
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Microsoft pitches InfoCard for businesses
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News Corp To Mobile: You Need Us
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