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11:25 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: Mashable!, TechBlog 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: 21talks and 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
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.
Peter Kafka / Forbes:
Can YouTube Grow Up And Stay Cool?  —  The quick consensus on Monday's tie-up between Warner Music Group and YouTube: Finally, an old-media dinosaur gets it!  By agreeing to license its artists' songs and videos to the video-sharing Web site, Warner embraces the digital revolution.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Did Warner take a stake in YouTube?
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Moo Cards: Stunning kid-sized custom biz-cards with Flickr pix  —  Moo prints beautiful little calling-cards for kids and the young-at-heart.  Each card can have a different back, and the undersized cards are just the right size for your name, email address and a URL or two.
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.
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.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
A Google Trial Ties Ad Position to User Behavior  —  A Google AdWords experiment that optimizes ads based on individual user behavior could raise rates for advertisers.  Search marketing mavens have chattered about the premium listings changes, and now Google has confirmed it is exploring alterations …
Discussion: AdJab 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
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Bringing it Home - TGS and X'06 Style  —  I just saw this and wanted to post it before I jump on the plane for Tokyo:  —  After the success of the 'Bringing it home' campaign at E3 earlier this year...it's back for TGS and X'06!  Of course that means I'll be posting details each day as I find out what is headed for Marketplace.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
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?
Discussion: digg
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, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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 …
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
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
In era of technology, face-to-face survives  —  Remember the good old days, when all you had to do to get on an airplane was empty the metal out of your pockets, take off your shoes and maybe submit to a pat-down?  —  Since Aug. 10, travelers in the United States have also faced checkpoint screeners …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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