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1:40 PM ET, September 26, 2006


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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.
Rafe Needleman / CNET
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 …
Associated Press:
Microsoft launches social networking site  —  Wallop testing premise that you're willing to pay extra to look good  —  SEATTLE - Wallop, a startup spun out of Microsoft Corp.'s research lab, is launching the test version of an online social networking site with the premise that people will want to pay extra to look good.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Wallop Shows Up to Party
Rafat /
Microsoft's Spin-Off Launching Social Networking Site Wallop; Gets $10 Million Second Round
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
Arrival of 'dotmobi' domain raises concerns  —  New "dotmobi" internet domain names will go on general sale on Tuesday in an attempt to drive the use of mobile devices as platforms to surf the web.  —  More than 13,000 names have been registered in an initial period reserved for trademark holders …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against AOL Over Search Data Release  —  TechCrunch reports in Suit filed against AOL; seeks to block search history storage that a class action lawsuit has been filed against AOL seeking $1,000 in damages for each person whose search records were released last month.
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Jajah's Mobile Ambitions  —  The company hopes to become the Skype of the cell-phone world, and has introduced a service allowing users to call overseas on the cheap  —  You might call Jajah the clunkier Skype.  Since February, the Mountain View (Calif.)-based startup has allowed people …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jajah Just Launched Killer VOIP Product
Discussion: JAJAH
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   —  Stuff is still broken, and probably will be for a little while longer.
Mike / Techdirt:
Comparing Terrestrial Radio Apples To Satellite Radio Oranges  —  from the try,-try-again dept  —  There's been plenty of talk concerning how successful (or not) Howard Stern's move from terrestrial radio to satellite radio has been.  However, a former TV exec now working for appears …
Discussion: AdAge, Orbitcast and AdJab
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
It's Official: SIRIUS Announces the Stiletto
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista  —  Today, I'm pleased to announce the availability of the beta of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1.  —  Based on your feedback, Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer reports …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
CinemaNow's Internet Cliff-Hanger  —  The online movie business hopes downloadable DVD services will start an industry-wide trend.  But studios want to see strong sales first  —  The movie download business just got more fast and furious.  On Sept. 26, online movie distributor CinemaNow announced …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TiVo Series3 + plasma TV = big problems  —  So you just paid $800 for your brand new Series3 TiVo ($1,000 if you transferred your lifetime subscription), waited patiently as the morons from the cable company tried to get their heads around installing CableCARDs in a non-TV device …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia N95 gets real  —  So it's not official official yet, but we know enough to say with some confidence that Nokia's oft-rumored N95 (alias N83) dual slider will be announced today.  What does that mean?  For one thing, it means we can move past the frustratingly blurry spy shots and onto …
Report: to buyout eBay China, PayPal  —  HONG Kong-listed 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Blogging Stocks
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Just Launched Open Registrations
Associated Press:
AOL Subscribers Sue Over Release Of Search Data
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British Library calls for digital copyright action
Mike / Techdirt:
Limewire Hits Back Hard: Sues RIAA For Antitrust And Consumer Fraud
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
World's most easily misplaced cellphone?
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Ecast Secures $20M Financing Round
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Number of browser vulnerabilities rising
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