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2:55 PM ET, September 14, 2006


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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.
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.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Zune Marketplace to keep your Zune player stocked  —  The iPod had to move over (even if only a little today), and now it's turn for iTunes to move as well.  Zune's software is, of course, called Zune, and it encompasses everything you'd expect from your standard single-shot media player, download, and management console.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Microsoft Zune Gets Officially Announced
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Zune is Here  —  Microsoft today announced a bunch of official information on Zune.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's iTV: Bridging the Big Divide  —  The iPod maker is betting it can do a better job than predecessors in getting digital content from the computer to the TV  —  Apple Computer (AAPL) often proves itself to be the best at building smartly designed consumer products.  But it's not always the first.
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Canadian Sony Rootkit Settlement Misses the Mark  —  Almost a year after the Sony BMG rootkit debacle began, Sony BMG has finally settled with its Canadian customers.  Much of the settlement, particularly the compensation customers will receive, mirrors the provisions of the U.S. agreement approved last May.
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 …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Ten Must-Read Details on the New iPods  —  Last Update: Tuesday, September 12, 2006  —  We've already received dozens of questions regarding Apple's all-new lineup of iPods - the "enhanced fifth-generation" iPod (with video), the "second-generation" iPod nano, and the "second-generation" iPod shuffle.
High-quality photos of Apple's second-gen iPod nano
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Perspective: How not to name your company  —  This week I'm at the ThinkEquity Partners Growth Conference in San Francisco with a number of start-ups and established giants that are touting their companies.  —  What's truly remarkable is the collection of god-awful names on display.
Discussion: digg
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