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2:30 PM ET, September 28, 2006

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Put Zune Experience in Consumers' Hands on Nov. 14  —  Zune device to retail for $249.99.  —  Microsoft Corp. is putting the social into digital music, starting this holiday.  Today the company announced that the Zune™ digital media player and online service will be available …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune price and date: $249, November 14th  —  It's only fair and wise for Microsoft wait until the dust settles before coming to some hard and fast decisions on the release and pricing of a device being posed to take out the iPod.  Now that everyone's reacted to the many posts on prospective …
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and PVR Wire
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Could MySpace Be Worth $15 Billion?  Easy  —  The most surprising thing about RBC analyst Jordan Rohan's comment that MySpace could be worth $10-$20 billion in a few years is that he deemed this assessment "audacious"—and the press seemed to agree.  Why is this audacious?
Discussion: Forever Geek and Newsome.Org
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
MySpace and the Analyst Posturing Game  —  Lots of people are getting understandably up in arms about an RBC analyst's absurdly oversized estimate of MySpace's value.  In doing so, however, they are missing the point, and actually playing the game in a way that encourages this sort of silliness.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Rural Areas Left in Slow Lane of High-Speed Data Highway  —  CANAAN, Vt. — For most businesses, the goal is to attract as many customers as possible.  But in the fast-changing telephone industry, companies are increasingly trying to get rid of many of theirs.  —  Bill and Ursula Johnson are among the unwanted.
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Joe / Techdirt:
Lack Of Broadband A Drawback To Country Living  —  from the lack-of-ethnic-food-no-fun-either dept  —  The seemingly poor broadband penetration in the United States, compared to that of other developed economies, is obviously cause for some consternation.  There's a lot of debate about what it means …
New York Times:
H.P. Counsel Resigns as Hearings Open  —  Hewlett-Packard's general counsel, Ann O. Baskins, has resigned from the company, and her lawyer said she will not answer questions at the Congressional hearing scheduled for today.  —  As Hewlett-Packard's chief in-house lawyer …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Second HP employee issued probe warning
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Between the Lines Of HP's Spy Scandal
Discussion: Dan Gillmor's Blog
Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Ushers in Exclusive New Worlds of Entertainment for Most-Anticipated Franchises Ever at X06  —  Microsoft partnership with Peter Jackson creates two new interactive entertainment series for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live.  —  On the shores of one of the world's most artistic and progressive cities …
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Kotaku:
Doom Is Live on Xbox Live Now
BBC:
Intel offers prize for sexiest PC  —  Intel is offering $1m in prizes to designers and manufacturers who can come up with sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box".  —  The Intel Core Processor Challenge is looking for smaller, more stylish multimedia PCs.
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Verizon:
Verizon Provides New Financial and Operational Details on Its Fiber Network as Deployment Gains Momentum  —  Company Sees Positive Economic Returns; Customer Demand Proves Strong for FiOS Internet and TV Services, and Network Provides Platform for Innovation  —  Media Contact:  —  Peter Thonis, 212-395-2355
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IEBlog:
Anti-Phishing Accuracy Study  —  As we've worked on the new Phishing Filter in IE7, we knew the key measure would be how effective it is in protecting customers.  In addition to our internal tests, we wanted to find some external measure of our progress to date as well as pointing to ways we could improve.
AUBlog:
10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website  —  These are the top 10 things I learned from attending the Future of Web Apps Conference 2006 in San Francisco earlier this month.  The summit was hosted by Carson Systems and included speakers like Kevin Rose, Mike Arrington, Mike Davidson, and more.
Discussion: Dan Blank, Web Strategy and digg
Associated Press:
Judge: StreamCast Induces Piracy  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge ruled Wednesday against the distributor of the Morpheus online file-sharing software, finding the firm encouraged computer users to share music, movies and other copyright works without permission.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watch  —  Sony Ericsson liked Fossil's idea for a caller ID wristwatch so much that they took the technology and re-designed it as the MBW-100 — adding the ability to control their cellphone's music player from the buttons on the side (play, pause, next track).
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and jkOnTheRun
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
A New Wave of Web Addresses  —  An Irish company is registering new names with a mobile-friendly dot-mobi extension.  But who's signing up and why?  —  More than a century after the U.S. government held a race to settle Oklahoma, the World Wide Web is hosting its own land rush to claim uncharted domains.
Discussion: Techdirt
Nokia:
Nokia 5300 XpressMusic headlines a fresh lineup of new music handsets  —  Three new Nokia music handsets combine strong features, youthful style and attractive pricing  —  Espoo, Finland and New York, NY, USA - Amid the excitement of the hottest DJ's and live performances from chart-topping artists …
Daily Mail:
Apple go to war over 'pod'  —  Apple is waging war against companies that use the word "pod" in product and company names, arguing customers will be confused by what brand they are buying.  —  The action has been fuelled by Podcast Ready, a 13-employee company, which has developed software …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE VIDEO DELIVERING BERKELEY COURSES  —  Google Video has struck a deal to provide videos of University of California at Berkeley courses and symposia, over 250 hours of video.  They've got their own page featuring their videos, divided up by course.  Right there on the front page …
New York Times:
Super Bowl Glory for Amateurs With Video Cameras  —  Five amateur Super Bowl ads in a contest will be posted on Yahoo.  A vote will help determine which one should be shown during the game.  —  By LOUISE STORY  —  IT was only a matter of time before a homemade commercial appeared during the Super Bowl.
Discussion: Techdirt and Fast Company Now
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp:
Suzuki Unveils Prototype Fuel Cell Electric Wheelchair  —  Suzuki Motor Corp. has developed "MIO," an electric wheelchair with a fuel cell unit.  It has been designed based on Suzuki's previous electric wheelchair "Senior Car" operable with a handlebar.  It is a motor-driven wheelchair …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
 
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VC Pain 2.0  —  I'm wrapping up a term sheet with a US VC …
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Gizmodo:
iTunes 7.0.1 Has Buttloads of Mobile Phone Mentions
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Rafat / MocoNews.net:
Major Change Coming At Mobile ESPN; Winding Down Likely, Possibly Being Sold
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
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