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6:15 PM ET, September 13, 2006

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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 …
Discussion: B2Day, robhyndman.com and IP Democracy
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Fred / A VC:
NBBC  —  Lost in all the craziness about iTunes 7, iPod, iTV, and the other Apple announcements yesterday was a pretty signficant announcement out of NBC that may just be a bigger deal in the long run.  —  I don't think iTunes is going to be my video interface of the future.
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
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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
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 …
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Joe / Techdirt:
Comcast Believes, This Time, That Customers Want Video Calling
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Nick / Rough Type:
Open and shut  —  At the heart of the commerical internet is a conflict between technological structure and economic interest.  The net's technological structure, developed without regard to the possible profit-making interest of any future commercial site owner, is one of openness …
Discussion: GigaOM, Werblog and Virtual Economics
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Mike Farrell / multichannel.com:
News Corp. May Launch YouTube Rival
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 …
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Leander Kahney / Wired News:
New UI Showdown: Apple vs. TiVo
Google:
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Lonelygirl15 Is Brainchild of 3 Filmmakers  —  It turns out the people behind the wildly popular website lonelygirl15 are not studio executives, Internet moguls or, as some suspected, Satanists.  Instead, they are aspiring filmmakers who met at a mutual friend's birthday party in April …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Valleywag
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New York Times:
Well, It Turns Out That Lonelygirl Really Wasn't
AnandTech:
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, SuperGeek and digg
Sprint:
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)
Traci / blogs.feedburner.com:
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, Del.icio.us, Digg and Bloglines.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Don't Nix Netflix Just Yet  —  Apple's expected announcement of a movie-download service has many wondering what the DVD-by-mail provider has planned  —  E-commerce companies are rushing to catch the next wave in home entertainment: movie downloads.  On Sept. 12, Apple (APPL) …
CNET News.com:
O2 Xda Stealth  —  DESCRIPTION:  —  Author: Asher Moses, CNET.com.au 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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iTunes 7 patches QTFairUse 2.2, QTFairUse 2.3 patches iTunes 7  —  At some time around 10:22AM Pacific Time, by our estimations, Steve Jobs introduced to the world iTunes 7, Apple's latest and greatest hardware / software / service glue for their best-selling online media initiative.
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
HACKING UP A STORM  —  So last week, there was a black hat breach of Second Life's user database.  The revelation has often led to confusion and rage, among Residents, many of them threatening (yet again) to abandon SL for good.  (Then again, since the news, the peak number of Residents in-world has remained around 10,000, as before.)
Discussion: reBang weblog and GigaOM
Alexander Haislip / pewnews.com:
Flock CEO steps down  —  Bart Decrem in the hunt for a new startup to land at  —  Bart Decrem, founder of Web browser startup Flock, has stepped down as CEO and is looking to build another company, PE Week has learned.  —  Decrem says his departure isn't tied to anything wrong with the company.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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.
AnandTech:
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Digital Communications Line With Notebook LifeCam …
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Microsoft to offer Xbox 360 with built-in HD-DVD drive, say makers
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Hands-on with the Apple iTV prototype
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Amp'd Reveals Hybrid Pricing Plans
Reuters:
Fox, Tribune to auction some ad space on Web sites
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Cingular bans the word "engadget" from its customer forums
Josh / Bokardo:
Digg's Design Dilemma
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Luke Smith / 1up.com:
Sony's Answer to Xbox Live Revealed