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6:55 PM ET, September 19, 2006

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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Soapbox is no threat to YouTube, yet  —  Microsoft's YouTube competitor, Soapbox on MSN Video, is in private beta [news story].  We wheedled our way on to the invite list and gave it a spin.  The beta program will expand shortly.  —  Soapbox is Microsoft's user-generated video site …
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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: B2Day, Google Watch and Idolator
Microsoft:
MSN Launches Beta of Soapbox on MSN Video
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Yahoo sees Q3 rev at lower half of range, shares drop  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) said on Tuesday it expects third-quarter revenue at the bottom half of its forecast range due to weakness from two of its biggest advertising segments, sending shares down as much as 13 percent.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! stock plummets as CEO says ad sales are slowing  —  Yahoo! stock has dropped more than 13% today since CEO Terry Semel told investors that ad revenue is slowing in the automotive and financial sectors.  The company's third quarter sales and profits will likely be at the low end of forecasts, the company's CFO confirmed.
commerce.senate.gov:
Bipartisan Poll Shows the Majority of Americans Favor Video Choice Over Onerous Net Neutrality Regulations  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new bipartisan poll released today finds that an overwhelming majority of American voters favor video choice over onerous "Net Neutrality" regulations.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Tech manufacturers rally against Net neutrality  —  WASHINGTON—Producers of networking hardware and applications gathered around a podium at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday with a single message: Not all "high-tech" companies support so-called Net neutrality legislation.
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Yahoo tests 'Right' to MP3 downloads  —  Netco puts McCartney album online  —  Yahoo! is looking to end Apple's and Microsoft's dominance of the technology behind online music.  —  In a first for mainstream pop music, Yahoo! will sell Jesse McCartney's new album "Right Where You Want Me …
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 and Public Knowledge
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
FCC spectrum auction ends after 161 rounds
Discussion: dailywireless.org and digg
Nancy Stauffer / web.mit.edu:
Engine on a chip promises to best the battery  —  MIT researchers are putting a tiny gas-turbine engine inside a silicon chip about the size of a quarter.  The resulting device could run 10 times longer than a battery of the same weight can, powering laptops, cell phones, radios and other electronic devices.
Discussion: Boing Boing, CrunchGear and Slashdot
New York Times:
Fuzzy Laws Come Into Play in the H.P. Pretexting Case  —  Despite the California attorney general's assertion that he has enough evidence to press charges against people inside and outside Hewlett-Packard, a criminal case may be hard to prosecute, legal specialists say.
Discussion: Techdirt, Conglomerate and Valleywag
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.
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Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
Get your own tiny Flickr cards!
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
BALLSY GOOGLE KICKS BELGIAN NEWSPAPERS' ASSES  —  Sometimes Google just makes me jump up and pump my fist, yelling, "Yes!  You show those motherf-ers!"  This is definitely one of those times.  Google responding to Belgian newspaper's complaints about being included in Google News and the Google cache …
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: UMBC eBiquity, AdJab and digg
Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
Stallman: OSDL patent project 'worse than nothing'  —  An effort by the Open Source Development Labs to help developers defend themselves against software patents has come under fire from Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, who believes that the plan could backfire.
Discussion: All about Linux
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Changes in url queries  —  (Writing this one fast just to do a quick explanation.)  —  One truism you learn quickly at Google is "you are not a typical user."  If you're reading this blog, the truism probably applies to you too: you're much more likely to be a power-user, an SEO, a librarian …
Staci / paidContent.org:
Communacopia XV: Iger: $50 Million From iTunes Movies In First Year; Disney.com Relaunch In Early '07  —  More than 125,000 Disney downloads were sold in the first few days following the addition of movies to the Apple's iTunes, bringing in about $1 million in incremental revenue, CEO Bob Iger told analysts and investors today.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Murdoch unveils MySpace ambitions  —  News Corp. chief says company plans to launch social networking site in places like China, aims to overtake YouTube.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday that his company has big plans for its popular social networking site MySpace.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Zenum's Opus Operis Pocket PC in November?
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VC veteran Jack Gill joins daughter's firm, Maven
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Newly Detected IE Exploit Spells Massive Spyware Trouble
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PicksPal Could Disrupt Sports Betting Markets
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Eventful Snares $7.5M
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Prof told to pull podcasts
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Wil Harris / bit-tech.net:
Temple of Nod  —  Foreword by Wil Harris  —  Keen followers …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
redhat.com:
Red Hat Introduces JBoss to Its Global Channel Partners …
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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
MS Pulled Zune Pricing at Last Minute
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
In era of technology, face-to-face survives
Discussion: Techdirt
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Bringing it Home - TGS and X'06 Style
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Security products sold despite freeware
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to update MacBook lines in time for holidays
Michael Herf / Official Google Blog:
Picasa goes online, gets new features too
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The Holy Grail of Synchronization: How to synchronize Microsoft …
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