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1:50 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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, and LiveSide
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 Hardware Advances Ergonomic Leadership With First Natural Ergonomic Mouse
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
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 …
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Google Earth gains chimp pix, travel videos  —  Content from new partners, including videos, photos and blogs, is coming to the maps on Google Earth.  —  The search giant apparently hopes to encourage curiosity about the world—and its Google Earth map application—by offering overlays …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Kevin Rose on the state of Digg  —  I spent some time today at the Future of Web Apps Summit at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  Gavin Clarke of The Register called the event the Web equivalent of Star Trek convention.  Some of the main actors in the theatre of Web 2.0 held forth on stage …
Wiredblogs / Monkey Bites:
Kevin Rose: Netscape's Model 'A Bad Idea,' New Digg API Soon
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Newsome.Org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: and Yahoo! bulk up for local search brawl  —  A hefty list of new features were added to both Microsoft's Live Local Search yesterday and just tonight to Yahoo! Local.  As both rivals get stronger, you can't help but wonder what's going to come after coupons for Google's local search.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Local Updates With Tagging & Photos
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Comcast to Launch Video Telephony in 2007  —  (Boston, MA) A big, fat, juicy scoop landed at my feet here at VON — the nation's top cable company, Comcast, plans to launch a video telephony service in 2007, which some people close to the company are calling a "Skype killer."
Discussion: Techdirt and
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 …
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 …
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.) …
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.
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
Steve / Ideas are Worthless Unless Acted Upon:
Socializr Revealed - Jonathan Abrams of Friendster-fame launches free web service for sharing event and party information with your friends  —  I'm not sure when the "Gamma" version of went live, but it appears from comments within the system that September 7 was when Gamma users gained access.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Apple takes back the copycat title  —  Apparently, every copy of Mac OS X comes with a Cognitive Dissonance add-in.  This feature allows Mac cultists to loudly accuse Microsoft of ripping off features when it's convenient, and to blindly miss the ripoffs that go the other way.
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