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10:30 AM ET, September 19, 2006

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Microsoft:
MSN Launches Beta of Soapbox on MSN Video  —  MSN expands industry-leading MSN Video service by enabling people to actively participate in the MSN content experience.  —  MSN today announced the U.S. beta release of Soapbox on MSN® Video, a user-uploaded video service that makes it easy …
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Kurt Shintaku's Blog:
BETA: "Warhol" is coming!  —  Well, uh, I had no idea anyone ever even read my blog outside of my customers.  My bad.  Some folks linked to this entry and I guess Soapbox is the hot new thing for a lot of folks in the media and they're getting RSS notifications on ANYTHING that even remotely mentions Soapbox.
Discussion: TechBlog, Mashable! and VentureBeat
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to take on YouTube  —  Microsoft is set to launch on Tuesday a beta version of a new service that lets people upload videos of their cats dancing, babies laughing and teenagers playing air guitar.  —  Microsoft's new Soapbox on MSN Video site takes on the popular site YouTube …
Discussion: Alpha.CNET.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft SoapBox Just Launched  —  The best way to hear about new Microsoft product launches these days is to read their employees' blogs.  First we had Stuart Padley's quickly deleted blog post with some additional information about the upcoming Microsoft Live Drive.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft gets its Soapbox Tomorrow
Discussion: Screenwerk
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Soapbox Video Upload beta to begin on Tuesday
Discussion: PVR Wire and InsideMicrosoft
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
FCC Wireless Auction Could Open Up Airwaves  —  Cellphone customers should soon encounter fewer dead spots in their coverage areas and more easily use next-generation phones that play television-quality video and perform other high-tech tricks, thanks to a Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction that concluded yesterday.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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dailywireless.org:
AWS: It's Done  —  The FCC's AWS auction ended today (FCC summary) with no new bids or other activity in the sale of 1,122 licenses.  It started Aug. 9th and finished today grossing $13.9 billion for the U.S. Treasury.  T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. wireless provider, topped the bidding by offering almost $4.2 billion for 120 licenses.
David Carr / New York Times:
Contemplating Time Warner Without Time  —  COVER an industry, any industry, long enough and you will learn that the sky is always falling.  Morale has never been lower, competition is beyond the pale, and the customers have lost their minds.  Nowhere has the drumbeat been more persistent than in publishing.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Out of Time  —  David Carr imagines Time Warner without Time Inc …
BBC:
Google and Apple 'in video talks'  —  Technology giants Google and Apple are in discussions over video content for the computer firm's recently announced iTV device, say reports.  —  US magazine Newsweek reports that Google is talking to Apple about supplying video clips for the player.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion, TechCrunch and digg
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Christopher Elliott / New York Times:
Blogs About Business Travel Begin to Feel the Power  —  LIKE most other business travelers who publish blogs, Steve Broback discovered their power by accident.  —  He had reserved a room at the Muse Hotel near Times Square, with the understanding that the rate would include free Internet access.
Rafat / paidContent.org:
UMG, SonyBMG, EMI Also Talking [by Rafat]  —  That's a speculative headline on my part, but some ponder-worthy details in this story from Forbes.com.  We mentioned about the WMG-YouTube tie-up last night, but this has some more details.  On the filtering technology YouTube has to implement …
Discussion: Lawgarithms
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Did Warner take a stake in YouTube?
Discussion: Forbes
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Security products sold despite freeware  —  NEW YORK - Microsoft gives away a security firewall with its latest operating system.  Many high-speed Internet service providers offer free anti-virus protection for subscribers.  And several Web sites distribute free toolbars to warn of Web scams.
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chartreuse:
Why Paris Hilton Is Famous (Or Understanding Value In A Post-Madonna World)  —  I'm amused by Paris Hilton.  —  If Madonna was Marketing 1.0 then Paris Hilton is Marketing 2.0.  —  She's a real life version of what value is and how it is created today.  —  Every web developer should pay attention to her.
Discussion: Business Filter and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Grazr 1.0 blasts off into the future of RSS  —  Grazr, the mini OPML browser that puts mortal widgets to shame, just launched version 1.0.  The Grazr team is led by founder Michael Kowalchik and Adam Green - who as CTO at Andover.net, the parent of Slashdot and many other sites, took the company to its IPO.
Discussion: Bokardo
David Beisel / Genuine VC:
Why I Like Our Tremor Investment  —  Often in the past when I've been intimately involved with a new investment here at Masthead, I've written blog posts with my thoughts about it.  (See previous posts on both NewsGator and Intercasting).  Today Tremor Network announced an $8.4M investment co-led …
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
Get your own tiny Flickr cards!  —  A few months ago I posted a picture of my new beautiful tiny little fun sort of business cards and since then I've been giving them out and every time I do so people sort of go, "Ooooh!  Where can I get some of these?"  Until now I've had to tell people …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to update MacBook lines in time for holidays  —  Apple Computer plans to update both its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of Intel notebook computers in time for the holiday shopping season, but may take some time before it does so, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Social Bookmarking Faceoff  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  The social bookmarking market is in a steady state with two dominant players - del.icio.us and StumbleUpon.  The rest of the pack, including Yahoo MyWeb, appears to be substantially behind.  Will they catch up?
Tanja / Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
Another Great Update!  —  What?!  Another build so soon?  —  That's right!  There is another Windows Live Mail desktop available for you to download and enjoy!  —  Continued Improvments  —  Here is just a small list of our latest and greatest updates:  —  TONS of Bug Fixes
Discussion: LiveSide and InsideMicrosoft
engtech.wordpress.com:
The Holy Grail of Synchronization: How to synchronize Microsoft Outlook (multiple locations), Google Calendar, Gmail, iPod, and mobile phone with Funambol / ScheduleWorld.  —  This is a guide for synchronizing Contacts (address book) and Calendars (schedule) across multiple computers and gadgets.
 
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