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5:40 PM ET, September 28, 2006


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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 …
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
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.
Joe / Techdirt:   Lack Of Broadband A Drawback To Country Living
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.
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?
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Worth $20 Billion?
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 …
Doom Is Live on Xbox Live Now
James /
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.
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.
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.
Esther Schindler /
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 …
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 …
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, engtech and digg
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.
Mini Linux PC breaks $100 barrier  —  Taiwanese integrator E-Way Technology Systems is shipping a tiny, 200MHz x86-compatible mini PC for $99, in single quantities.  The TU-40 is passively cooled, comes with 128MB of RAM, and can run lightweight versions of Linux, such as Puppy, the company says.
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
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
PR Newswire:
Local Search Continues to Gain Momentum, According to comScore  —  Google and Yahoo! Sites Lead in Local Search Market Share in the U.S.  —  RESTON, Va., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age, today released the results of an analysis revealing …
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
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
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:
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
iTunes 7.0.1 points to the iPhone, life moves on
Discussion: Download Squad and PalmAddicts
Chanpory / LifeClever:
Apple finally revamps .Mac webmail, but does anyone care?
Michael Gartenberg:
Zune Pricing - First Take  —  Final Zune pricing is out …
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'Shopadmins' And the ID Theft Cycle
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Two years ago I became a journalist blogger . . . and discovered a terrible thing
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Daily Mail:
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