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8:20 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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SLHamlet / New World Notes:
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Hands-on with the Apple iTV prototype
Fiona Cherbak / Next Generation:
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Kotaku and Joystiq
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Site Previously for Students Will Be Opened to Others
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Don't Nix Netflix Just Yet
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
My Last Day at SAP  —  In case anyone noticed, I have been 1) …