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6:05 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
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
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
Daniel Gross / Slate:
$1 Billion for Facebook?  LOL!  —  IS THE SOCIAL-NETWORKING BOOM A REPLAY OF THE '90S DOTCOM BUBBLE?  —  The "social-networking" gold rush continues.  Last year, MySpace was acquired by News Corp. for $580 million in cash.  Now the other big social-networking sites are the subject of rumors, deals, and transactions.
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
ID Thieves Turn Sights on Smaller E-Businesses  —  For Online Shoppers, Security Seals No Guarantee That Hackers Aren't Watching  —  Schuyler Cole needed an accessory for his Palm Treo 600 smartphone, so the Haleiwa, Hawaii, resident fired up his Web browser last month and ran a Google search.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
'Shopadmins' And the ID Theft Cycle
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
ESPN Mobile: First Half, Score 0-0
Discussion:, MobHappy and GigaOM
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
MS antisphishing tool wins MS bakeoff  —  Microsoft sponsored a study comparing the effectiveness of antiphishing technologies and, surprise surprise, the company's IE 7 anti-phishing technology came out on top, according to a post on the IE Blog.  —  The study, which was conducted by 3Sharp …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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?
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
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
iTunes 7.0.1 points to the iPhone, life moves on
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Chanpory / LifeClever:
Apple finally revamps .Mac webmail, but does anyone care?
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VC Pain 2.0  —  I'm wrapping up a term sheet with a US VC …
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