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11:30 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.
Discussion: i-boy, The Blogging Times and GigaOM
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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 …
Carlo / Techdirt:   Paid Social-Networking Model Doesn't Pack Much Of A Punch
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Wallop Shows Up to Party
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?  —  ThinkSecret reports that the much-rumored-about iPhone from Apple is coming and will be available exclusively through Cingular.  If true, it would mean that Apple has decided to take a position on what phone stack it is willing to support and has come out on the side of GSM.
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Kevin / seattleduck:
The Facebook Overreach  —  I actually started writing this a few weeks back, when news first broke of Facebook branching out from an exclusive membership model, presumably to take on that Wild West of social networks, MySpace.  But given the news that this move is a reality, today …
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 …
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).
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
New Slingbox AV at Best Buy.  Symbian Support!  —  I was somewhat doubtful when I read yesterday that someone had picked up a new Slingbox, but I figured what the heck and headed over to Best Buy (Fairfax, VA) during lunch.  Low and behold, about half a dozen AV Slingboxes were on the shelf next to the original Slingbox.
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire, Gizmodo and digg
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.
Ryansingel / 27B Stroke 6:
Report: TrustE Sites Twice As Likely to Be Bad Actors  —  Ben Edelman, a researcher working on his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, has posted a study showing that sites certified through Truste are twice as likely as similar, but uncertified sites to deliver spyware, adware and spam.
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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Buzzwords say all the wrong things  —  Our industry is addicted to bulls**t buzzwords.  Emails are full of "I'm an insider" jargon, blog posts brim with tech duckspeak, and resumes are loaded with meaningless action verbs.  Everyone's always implementing or enabling or optimizing or leveraging.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Weblogs, Inc/Blogsmith goes mobile!  —  Here is the internal AOL message I just sent to everyone...  Team AOL,  —  We are blessed to have the greatest, kick-ass, take no prisoner, samurai, rouge, dev team on the planet working for us at Blogsmith/WIN/Netscape.
Discussion: Engadget and Monkey Bites
 
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