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9:25 PM ET, September 26, 2006

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John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
$10 million in venture capital to help Wallop build social network  —  Wallop, the social networking startup that was spun out of Microsoft Research Labs earlier this year, has landed $10 million in venture capital that it will use to create a new competitor to MySpace, Friendster and Facebook.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Wallop, the social network where you pay for pretty  —  The "important" social network I mentioned in my post about Piczo is launching at DemoFall on Tuesday, and going into limited beta tonight.  It's called Wallop.  A lot of Wallop was developed inside Microsoft, but it's been spun out into a separate …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spinoff Wallop Launches  —  Wallop, previously a semi-forgotton Microsoft Research "sandbox" social network and photo sharing project, was spun off into a new, independent, venture backed business earlier this year (details here).  Tonight at 9 pm California time, Wallop is launching a semi-public beta.
Carlo / Techdirt:   Paid Social-Networking Model Doesn't Pack Much Of A Punch
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Wallop Shows Up to Party
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Nokia:
David Bowie acts as new music 'godfather' for innovative music recommendations  —  Nokia Open Studio 2006, New York, US - Forty leading independent music stores from around the world are working with Nokia to create unique and customizable music recommendations.
Nokia:
All the music, imaging and Internet functionality of Nokia Nseries in a sleek folding design  —  Nokia Open Studio 2006, New York, US - Nokia today introduced the Nokia N75, its smallest multimedia computer, offering digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and rich internet communication.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
Nokia:
It's what computers have become - the new Nokia N95  —  Nokia Open Studio 2006, New York, US - Nokia today introduced the Nokia N95, an all-in-one multimedia computer with a pioneering 2-way slide concept, integrated GPS functionality, a 5 megapixel camera and support for high-speed mobile networks …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch  —  Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US' largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple's forthcoming phone, sources report.  Apple's iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel pledges 80 cores in five years  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Intel has built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second.  —  CEO Paul Otellini held up a silicon wafer with the prototype chips before several thousand attendees at the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday.
BBC:
Mobile web shake-up gets started  —  The mobile web is about to receive the biggest shake-up in years with the start of open registration for mobile phone-specific website addresses.  —  The general public can now register websites ending with .mobi (dotmobi) as the backers of the mobile net hope to overturn consumer apathy.
ShanghaiDaily.com:
Report: Tom.com to buyout eBay China, PayPal  —  HONG Kong-listed Tom.com is going to announce its takeover of eBay's China division and its PayPal service, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing a well-informed source.  —  Tom Group is the distributor of Skype, eBay's online telephone service in China.
Official Google Blog:
About the Google News case in Belgium  —  Posted by Rachel Whetstone, European Director of Communications and Public Affairs  —  You may have read recently about Google being taken to court in Belgium.  Whilst we aren't allowed to comment on the judgment itself, we thought …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Hoping to Be a Model, I.B.M. Will Put Its Patent Filings Online  —  I.B.M., the nation's largest patent holder, will publish its patent filings on the Web for public review as part of a new policy that the company hopes will be a model for others.  —  If widely adopted, the policy could help …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google to Push for More Electrical Efficiency in PC's  —  Google is calling on the computer industry to create a simpler and more efficient power supply standard that it says will save billions of kilowatt-hours of energy annually.  —  In a white paper to be presented Tuesday on the opening …
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Cancelling Vonage Difficulties  —  I thought I would share my interesting experience with cancelling my Vonage service.  I recorded the entire call, including the traversal over their IVR to reach an agent.  Surprisingly, I was connected pretty quickly to an agent.  I was expecting a much longer hold time.
yhoo.client.shareholder.com:
Yahoo! and OMD Research Shows Resurgence of Traditional Values Among Today's Tech-Savvy Families  —  'Family 2.0' Relies on Multi-tasking with Technology to Stay Close, Better Manage Busy "43-Hour" Days  —  Global families today are harnessing pervasive technology and media to help …
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
Info rings save us from hassle of human interaction  —  You gotta love technology designed to remove as much human interaction as possible from our days, moving us closer and closer to the dream of everyone existing in private spheres, completely cut off from any legitimate human contact.
Discussion: Gizmodo, technology filter and digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Firefox 2 reaches RC1  —  Today, the Mozilla organization is preparing to release the first release candidate for version 2 of their popular Firefox web browser.  Firefox 2 RC1 is available in binary form for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X (the latter a Universal Binary for both PPC and Intel systems).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Del.icio.us reports 1 million users - post Yahoo! growth tops all of Digg  —  Del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter just posted to the del.icio.us blog that the service has registered its 1 millionth user.  Schachter says that number has more than tripled in the last 9 months.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Just Launched Open Registrations  —  We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that this was coming...moments ago Facebook removed the restrictions on registration and anyone can now become a member by joining a geographic network.  —  They've also anticipated backlash from existing users …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Introducing ScobleShow  —  It's 1 a.m. and the engineering team, me, and Valerie, are still working at the office.  But the show is slowly coming up.  The URL is at http://www.podtech.net/scobleshow/   —  Stuff is still broken, and probably will be for a little while longer.
 
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