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11:10 PM ET, September 14, 2006

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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.
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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.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Zune Promises MySpace-like Connectivity  —  Just got off the phone with Microsoft about the new Zune and the magic therein.  It's a 30GB player that comes in three colors - black, white, and brown - and plays back most major file formats.  That much you can read over at CrunchGear so head over there if you want the specs.
Staci / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Zune: Not Just A Portable Device, A New Community-Based Platform  —  Work in progress: As we mentioned last night, Microsoft is lifting the veil today on its much-anticipated Zune.  The initial emphasis is on music but the device is optimized for video as well.  No pricing yet.
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider Blog:
ZUNE DETAILS REVEALED
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Glenn / Coolfer:
Microsoft's Zune: In Person
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Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Zune is Here  —  Microsoft today announced a bunch of official information on Zune.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and TechBlog
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Region-Free Wii  —  The Wii will be region-free, or at least it should be.  —  That's the word from Wired News' Joel Johnson, who found Nintendo's VP of marketing Perrin Kaplan at the recent New York City press event and got her to reveal that, like the Nintendo DS, Nintendo's Wii games will work on any console regardless of region.
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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.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Availability of New Yahoo! Mail Beta to Users Worldwide; World's No. 1 Web Email Provider Opens Beta Service to All Users in US and 18 Global Markets  —  Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today introduced the widespread availability of a robust new version of Yahoo! Mail, the No. 1 Web mail service in the world(1).
Discussion: Tech Beat, GigaOM and AMCP Tech Blog
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Mail beta to open to the public starting today  —  The powerful new Yahoo! Mail beta will open up for general use starting today.  Richard MacManus has a great post and podcast interview about the product that will roll out to all users in 18 countries over the next two weeks.
Discussion: Ajaxian
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: J Allard, Microsoft Corporate Vice President  —  We only got a mere 20 minutes of his time, but Peter and I got a chance to talk to the one and only J Allard about the Zune, digital media, and the direction Microsoft is taking things in what could be their most public marketplace battle since the browser wars.
Nick / Rough Type:
Office generations  —  This is the first in a series of occasional commentaries on the future of corporate IT.  —  In the wake of the popular embrace of the buzzword Web 2.0, the suffix "2.0" has become an all-purpose signifier of putatively revolutionary newness.
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.
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.
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