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3:30 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: PVR Wire and SCI FI Tech
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
VAF Research's Octavio Speaker Dock: a HiFi for Zune
Discussion: CrunchGear
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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Chanpory / LifeClever:
Apple finally revamps .Mac webmail, but does anyone care?  —  Apple's aging .Mac webmail client has been an embarassment for quite awhile now.  So much so, that I've seriously considered dropping .Mac altogether.  Now playing catchup to AJAX rich webmail clients like Gmail and Yahoo, Apple's soon releasing a revamped webmail system.
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
Discussion: GigaOM
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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, engtech, Web Strategy and digg
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.
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
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
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
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
VC Pain 2.0  —  I'm wrapping up a term sheet with a US VC for a deal with are both looking at.  I've been surprised at a few things that see a bit, well, not so cool side.  At the risk of every US VC never working with me again, I'll offer up some observations on some of this stuff.  —  Expenses:
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
PodShow raises $15M more for....podcasting.  Yikes!  —  Podshow, a company that promotes podcasts and finds sponsors for them, has raised $15 million more in a second round of venture capital from its big-name investors, following up on $8.85 million in a first round last summer.  —  Dan Primack has the scoop.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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
Gizmodo:
iTunes 7.0.1 Has Buttloads of Mobile Phone Mentions  —  Normally, an iTunes update wouldn't be much news.  But this one has lots of mentions of a "mobile phone" that can play video and display pictures.  As far as we know, the ROKR and RAZR V3i can't do that.  —  Here's a taste of the strings:
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and digg
 
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