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11:00 AM 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 …
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 …
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Mo' money to build a bigger Dogster niche  —  A year ago (give or take 10 days) I wrote about Dogster Inc. - the maker of the highly popular dogster.com and catster.com - turning profitable, an unusual fate among Web 2.0 companies.  It was still a very small business, but gave co-founders Ted Rheingold …
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Microsoft:
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 …
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Microsoft:
All Systems Go: Microsoft Hardware Is Ready for Windows Vista
Discussion: Bink.nu and Gearlog
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 …
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web.intuit.com:
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 …
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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
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
Associated Press:
Princeton professor raises alarm over electronic voting, hacks test machine  —  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Princeton University computer science professor added new fuel Wednesday to claims that electronic voting machines used across much of the country are vulnerable to hacking that could alter vote totals or disable machines.
Discussion: Techdirt
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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.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Free Roaming
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.
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.
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Associated Press, MSNBC Video to Support Macs, Firefox  —  There is nothing more frustrating for Macintosh users or those who use the Firefox browser than going to a video site and hitting a wall demanding Windows and the Internet Explorer browser.  But when the Associated Press' Online Video Network …
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 …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Valleywag
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Final Public Office 2007 Test Build Due Thursday  —  Updated: Microsoft will post the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR) bits for download by more than 3.5 million testers on September 14.  The new build is primarily a bug-fix patch.  —  Microsoft plans to make the final public test build …
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.
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer and InsideGoogle
Kotaku:
Wii Launch And Price Details For Japan  —  Today in Tokyo, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata delivered what Japanese gamers had been waiting for: Wii pricing and a launch date.  The next-gen Nintendo machine will retail for 25,000 yen (US $ 212.50) and will hit store shelves on Monday, December 2nd.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wonderland
Alex Watson / bit-tech.net:
Top 10 unique game controllers  —  Despite the fact that video games are a young medium, we as an audience already have many fixed expectations for our virtual worlds.  Points should be awarded, progress must be saveable, and no matter how evil and dastardly the enemy, they should always lock doors with correctly colour coded keys.
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Abrams' Socializr, an event site, launches; will it match Renkoo, others?
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft pitches InfoCard for businesses
Discussion: Open Sources
Tim Greene / Network World:
Regulation could stifle video over 'Net, says VON speaker
Discussion: The 463 and Slashdot
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Introduces 4GB miniSDHC Flash Card for Mobile Phones
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
DHS releases Cyber Storm report
Nokia:
Intuitively easy to use, stylish Nokia 6085 brings balance to a busy life
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Phone Scoop
 

 
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