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8:55 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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Michael Gartenberg:
Zune Pricing - First Take  —  Final Zune pricing is out …
Reuters:
MySpace could be worth $15 bln in 3 years-analyst  —Text+SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 27 (Reuters) - MySpace, the social networking Web site, could be worth around $15 billion within three years, measured in terms of the value created for shareholders of parent company News Corp. (NWSa.N: Quote …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
www-307.ibm.com:
Battery recall  —  Select your preferred language from the list below:  —  Dear Lenovo Customer,  —  Lenovo and IBM Corporation, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies, have announced the voluntary recall of certain lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony Corporation.
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
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 …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google Reader courts the Gmail crowd  —  Google Reader has launched a major update to its web front-end about a year after its initial launch, redesigning its online feed aggregator to create a feed reading experience that should feel natural to users of Gmail.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and GigaOM
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Nintendo Gives Design Power to the Player  —  The console and game-making giant is taking on a Web 2.0 glow by allowing gamers to create characters and mess around with content  —  Wielding a wand-like remote controller, Nintendo (NTDOY) exec Bill Trinen created a digital likeness of the actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Joystiq and digg
LinuxDevices.com:
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
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Associated Press:
Google won't hand data to Brazil judge  —  SEP. 27 6:43 P.M. ET Google Inc. will not meet a Brazilian judges' deadline to turn over information on users of the company's social networking service Orkut, a spokewoman said Wednesday.  —  On Aug. 22, Federal Judge Jose Marcos Lunardelli gave …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
BuzzLogic wants to identify influential blogs, raises $1.5M  —  San Francisco start-up BuzzLogic is trying to help you sort through the blog clutter.  If you're a marketer or PR person, how do you really know who is an influential blogger and who is not?  —  BuzzLogic just launched …
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Rahul Sood / www.rahulsood.com:
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James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
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IBM's Open Source Conspiracy: Patent "reform" …
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Suzuki Unveils Prototype Fuel Cell Electric Wheelchair
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