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1:10 PM ET, September 14, 2006

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USA Today:
Wii game system rolls out on Nov. 19  —  The final pieces of this fall's video game battle fall into position today as Nintendo announces that its new Wii home system will sell for $250 — half the price of Sony's cheapest PlayStation 3 — and launch Nov. 19, two days after the PS3.
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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 …
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Live at Nintendo's NYC Wii press conference  —  Yeah, so we already know most, if not all, of the gory details, but we're here live in New York for Nintendo's US press conference for the Wii anyway.  We'll have updates on the regular, stay tuned!  —  9:20AM EST - Perrin Kaplan is on stage doing an introduction.
Kotaku:
Well here we are, in Studio C of Pier 59.  I'd be excited about the news, but since we already know most of what they are going to say, not so much.  I do suspect that there will still be something new.  So stay tuned to the site for the blow-by-blow.  —  Ooh, they're throwing around a Mario ball.
Kotaku:
Wii Dated And Priced For North America  —  November 19th.  $250. That's what North American gamers have been waiting to hear.  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is running a New York Times story dated September 14th.  There will be over more than 25 titles available for the Wii this year …
Microsoft:
Microsoft's Zune Delivers Connected Music and Entertainment Experience  —  Built-in wireless technology lets consumers share experiences device to device.  —  Marking the next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision, Microsoft Corp. today unveiled details of the first products to be released under its Zune™ brand.
Mike / Techdirt:
Diebold Brushes Off Yet Another Damning Security Report  —  Just a day after Avi Rubin discussed many of the real world problems of some Diebold e-voting machines in action, Ed Felten has come out with his quite damning independent review of the machines — noting just how problematic …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Dogster raises $1M to expand — Woof! — but it's not about the dogs  —  About a year ago, Dogster, the social networking site for dogs, made some eyebrow-raising news: It had turned profitable.  —  Now Dogster has raised a round of $1 million from a group of accomplished "angel" investors, to help it step on the gas.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
News Corp.: Entertainment going mobile  —  LOS ANGELES—A day after his company bought a controlling stake in ring tone giant Jamba, News Corp.'s president and chief operating officer said the time for partnering with the mobile industry to distribute entertainment content is now.
Discussion: The Wireless Report
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
News Corp To Mobile: You Need Us
Discussion: Open Gardens
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
The Missing Sony Exhibit  —  The Canadian Sony rootkit class action settlement heads to court next week amid mounting questions about the deal.  The EFF calls attention to a number of missing provisions, including no security reviews and no ongoing obligations to provide uninstallers for the rootkit.
Discussion: robhyndman.com and Boing Boing
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft launches the Zune!  —  As expected, Microsoft is busting out the Zune today, and we've got the rundown.  Not a lot of surprises in the specs department, but they've confirmed the basics we've known for a while, like WiFi, 30GB of HDD, built-in FM, a 3-inch screen and the basic music, pictures and video playback.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PalmAddicts and Gadgetell
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Mail Beta Release - Exclusive Podcast With Ethan Diamond  —  Today Yahoo is releasing the new Ajax-powered version of Yahoo Mail to all users in the US and across 18 international markets.  Previously Yahoo Mail Beta (as it is known) was only available to a relatively small group of people.
Rakesh Agrawal / Rakesh Agrawal's Blog:
The road to Google Calendar (talk by Carl Sjogreen of Google)  —  Carl Sjogreen delivered an extremely informative talk about how they built Google Calendar.  He covers everything from the initial customer interviews and research, to the vision they established for the product …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Philanthropy Google's Way: Not the Usual  —  The ambitious founders of Google, the popular search engine company, have set up a philanthropy, giving it seed money of about $1 billion and a mandate to tackle poverty, disease and global warming.  —  But unlike most charities …
Jaimie Sirovich / SEO Egghead:
Mattcuttsarama: 21 Great SEO Tips From Google's Matt Cutts  —  Part of Jaimie Sirovich's adventure in SEO  —  This is a compilation of stuff Matt Cutts has said historically, minus some of the more recent stuff here, here, and here.  I decided I'd dig backwards and document some of the older stuff.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Search Ads Testing Paypal Cart Icon  —  Yahoo Search Ads Testing Paypal Cart Icon  —  Andrew Goodman at Traffick has stumbled across some Yahoo Search Marketing ads for eBay.com which are serving a Paypal Shopping Cart icon in the ad copy.  This new addition to the Yahoo Search advertisements …
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 …
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.
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