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6:30 AM ET, September 15, 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.
Michael Gartenberg:
Today's Zune News - First Take  —  Well, we heard from Apple earlier this week (but don't think that's the last word.  Last year Apple followed up the Nano announcement with the 5G iPods just a few weeks later) and now it's Microsoft's turn.  I spent some time recently with the Zune …
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Microsoft Zune: Interview, Bryan Lee, Corporate VP/CFO, Entertainment …
Glenn / Coolfer:
Microsoft's Zune: In Person
Brian Chin / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   The real Zune challenge
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Evan Williams: How Odeo Screwed Up  —  Public hindsight about startups' missteps generally comes after a good amount of "traveling in Europe with my fiancée" or whatever it is that failed CEOs do.  However, Evan Williams just gave a refreshing talk about the dangers of combining money …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
TechCrunch's Arrington shares his winners and losers  —  TechCruncher Mike Arrington opened the second day of The Future of Web Apps Summit with his picks of Web 2.0 winners and losers and gives advice to wouldbe startups.  He also announced the next blog in the TechCrunch family, which will cover enterprise products.
Valleywag:
Kind-of-liveblogging a kind-of-speech: Taunting Michael Arrington …
Discussion: FactoryCity and ALLIED
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Universal Music chief blasts YouTube, MySpace over copyrights  —  LOS ANGELES - Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris said the wildly popular Web sites YouTube and MySpace are violating copyright laws by allowing users to post music videos and other content involving Universal artists.
Discussion: The 463 and Slashdot
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Tim Arango / New York Post:
TARGET: YOUTUBE  —  UNIVERSAL MUSIC WARNS WEB VIDEO SWAPPER  —  Universal Music chief Doug Morris launched a loud salvo at YouTube, warning the upstart Internet firm that it could come into the legal crosshairs of the world's largest music company.  —  YouTube, the prolific swapper of videos online …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Universal Music pressuring YouTube, MySpace  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Universal Music Group, the world's biggest record company, is stepping up pressure against popular online sites YouTube and MySpace, accusing them of infringing the copyrights of its artists' music videos.
Charles Duhigg / Los Angeles Times:
Music chief faults social Web sites  —  YouTube, MySpace seen as hindrances on copyright issues  —  To some in the music industry, social networking sites such as MySpace.com and YouTube.com are a godsend, helping listeners enjoy their acts and discover new bands.  —  But not to the head of the world's largest music company.
Discussion: Digital Music News and Coolfer
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).
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Mail beta to open to the public starting today
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.
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.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE PERSONALIZED HOMEPAGE GETS TABS, JUST LIKE LIVE.COM  —  Google pulls a trick out of Microsoft's bag (a logical one, to be fair), and adds tabs to the personalized homepage.  Here are the tabs as I see them right now on my IG in Opera:  —  With no extra tabs:  —  With tabs:
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
PC Forum's demise marks the end of an era  —  Call it a sign of the times, but what is arguably the longest running elite high-tech conference became a thing of the past.  Technolgy guru Esther Dyson has quietly put out the word that the 2006 PC Forum, held in March in Carlsbad, California, would be the last.
 
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