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12:45 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 …
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
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Apple copying Microsoft?  —  OK, I just watched the Steve Jobs presentation yesterday where he demonstrated iTV for the first time.  —  Now, do you remember when I met Steve Jobs on a street corner in San Francisco?  Remember what he said to me?  "Nice to meet the guys who are copying us."
Mark Ward / BBC:
Apple video move divides industry
New York Times:
Apple Plans to Inhabit Living Room
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 …
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
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
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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