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2:15 AM ET, September 20, 2006


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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.
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.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Yahoo Sees Slowdown In Auto and Financial Ads...But Why?  —  Yahoo dumped a bucket of cold water on the (irrational?) exuberance over the torrid growth in online advertising, warning investors that their revenue for Q3 would come in at the low end of their forecast due to an unexpected slowdown in auto and financial services ads:
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Disney Sells Films Through iTunes Store  —  Walt Disney Sells 125,000 Digital Copies of Films Through iTunes Store in Less Than a Week  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has sold 125,000 digital copies of films through Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store in less than a week …
Apple sells 125,000 movie downloads in first week  —  Walt Disney chief executive Robert Iger said on Tuesday the company sold 125,000 movie downloads worth $1 million in revenue through Apple Computer's iTunes Store during the offering's first week, Reuters is reporting.
Staci /   Communacopia XV: Iger: $50 Million From iTunes Movies In First Year …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Amazing X-Ray Glasses from Sprint!  —  Over the last six months, Sprint has been trying to get bloggers (like me) to write about their new Power Vision Network by sending us free phones and letting us download music and movies and use the phones for free.  —  That's rather nice of them …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Don't send bloggers stuff for free unless it's good
Rafe Needleman / CNET
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 …
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 …
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.
Red Herring:
Eventful Snares $7.5M  —  Company compiles events and lets users demand favorite acts.  —  Bay Partners—joined by notable names Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Omidyar Network, and Esther Dyson—took a $7.5-million second-round stake in on Monday.  —  The investment brings Eventful's total funding to $9.6 million.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Eventful Demands $7.5 Million - and Gets It
Discussion: Dead2.0
Nancy Stauffer /
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget's relaunch giveaways: let's start with a Zune  —  Ok, we have the new site with all the fun new features (and a few bugs to go along with it), but we still have yet to celebrate.  Since we're still a ways out from flying everyone to Aruba for the weekend to party with the Engadget staff …
Discussion: PVR Wire and Zune Insider Blog
Microsoft Legal Action Aims to Help Fight Piracy  —  Twenty lawsuits allege illegal software sales, while new forensic analysis shows risks of counterfeit Microsoft software to consumers and businesses.  —  As part of Microsoft Corp.'s commitment to honest business partners that distribute …
Click here to dance: Record companies, it's finally time for the Creative Commons license  —  Music publishers still struggle to maintain relevance in an online world, as YouTube's deal with Warner Music yesterday revealed.  Some bloggers praised the video site for "getting …
Discussion: The 463 and VentureBeat
Parija B. Kavilanz /
Top-secret Elmo revealed!  —  Fisher-Price's 10th anniversary of the Sesame Street doll is a hysterically laughing, belly-clutching, floor-thumping extreme version of itself.  —  NEW YORK ( — The much-anticipated top-secret 10th-anniversary Elmo, code-named "T.M.X. Elmo" …
Brian / Copyblogger:
5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang  —  What's the second most important part of your blog post after the title?  —  Master copywriter Eugene Schwartz often spent an entire week on the first 50 words of a sales piece — the headline and the opening paragraph.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PicksPal Could Disrupt Sports Betting Markets  —  Tom Jessiman, the founder of PicksPal, stumbled onto something that could change the way we predict sporting event outcomes.  And it could therefore have a big impact on sports betting markets.  —  PicksPal is a free sports site where people "bet" on upcoming games.
Matthew Broersma / CNET
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
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