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4:05 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
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
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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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
MySpace and the Analyst Posturing Game  —  Lots of people are 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 meanwhile encouraging more of this sort of silliness.
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James / MocoNews.net:
It's Official: Mobile ESPN To Cease MVNO Ops Dec. 31; Will Seek Licensing  —  The announcement we told you last night was on the way just came out ... Mobile ESPN will cease operations as an MVNO Dec. 31 and will refund the purchase price of all Mobile ESPN handsets.  Sales are discontinued effective immediately.
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 …
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.
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
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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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.
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
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
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget Mobile:
iTunes 7.0.1 points to the iPhone, life moves on  —  Throwing an iPhone rumor to the gadget-obsessed is a fair bit like burning paper in a fireplace — sure, things will flare up for a few seconds, but shortly thereafter the flames calm back down again.  We recently caught wind of the fact …
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
Esther Schindler / devsource.com:
What Gartner Is Telling Your Boss  —  In some ways, the themes expressed at Gartner's Application Development Summit, held this week in Phoenix, are nothing new.  The analysts who are speaking to the audience of CIOs and managers are sincerely trying to help these people create …
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
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
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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Dressing Smartphones for Success
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Daily Mail:
Apple go to war over 'pod'
Gizmodo:
iTunes 7.0.1 Has Buttloads of Mobile Phone Mentions
Discussion: CrunchGear, CNNMoney.com and digg
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
VideoEgg Gets a Jolt of VC