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1:20 AM ET, September 29, 2006

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New-look Google Reader Is Stunning!  —  Google Reader, Google's web-based RSS Aggregator, has had a re-design and I am impressed.  It now has a look n' feel very much like Gmail, which I believe is a pointer to this product being prepped for mainstream promotion - and/or merged with Gmail.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Reader steps it up with new version  —  The Google Reader team unveiled a revamped version of their online feed reader today and no one can say it's not a real RSS reader anymore.  They even took Robert Scoble's advice and made a demonstration video!
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.
Ben Darnell / Official Google Reader Blog:
Something looks... different.  —  As of today, Google Reader has a new look — and even more important, a lot of new features that we think you'll like.  We've listened to your feedback, done usability research, and examined all the ways that people consume content on the web, from feed readers to email clients.
Official Google Blog:
Your inbox for the web  —  Do you ever wish that finding …
Discussion: rev2.org
CNNMoney.com:
HP under fire on the Hill  —  Ex-chairwoman testifies she didn't know of 'pretexting' until June; other officials take the Fifth.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn testified Thursday that she wasn't aware of the possibly illegal surveillance methods used …
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Dunn grilled by Congress  —  update A congressional committee on Thursday grilled former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn over why she didn't put a stop to controversial techniques used by the company in an investigation into press leaks.  —  Under questioning, Dunn was asked …
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
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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Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider Blog:
ZUNE TO LAUNCH NOV 14, AT $249
Discussion: PVR Wire
Mike Shields / mediaweek.com:
Facebook Creates Sponsored Stories Ad Unit  —  Facebook plans to unveil a new ad unit in the coming weeks that the company says uniquely harness the site's social networking dynamic.  —  The new placement, dubbed Sponsored Stories, appears within Facebook's News Feed platform.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Facebook to put viral ads in your news feeds?
Discussion: MediaShift and Unit Structures
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook to Launch Advertising Through News Feed - WTH?
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.
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Reuters:
Craigslist founder says he won't cash in  —Text+AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The founder of craigslist, the free social networking and classifieds Web site, said on Thursday he is not interested in selling out, a few hours after social networking site MySpace was valued at $15 billion.  —  "Who needs the money?
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and paidContent.org
Simplehelp:
How to use your PC and Webcam as a motion-detecting and recording security camera  —  This tutorial will take you step-by-step through setting up your PC and Webcam to act as a motion-detecting and recording security camera system.  And the software required to do this is open source (free).
Discussion: Download Squad, Lifehacker and digg
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.
 
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
Moore Talks 'Wii-60'; Aims for Dual Owners
Discussion: Kotaku, Infendo and digg
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Leo Laporte on Monetizing Podcasts
Reuters:
Google Video plays school
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Nintendo Gives Design Power to the Player
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Joystiq and digg
Rahul Sood / www.rahulsood.com:
"Project Vampire" is about to fly
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Associated Press:
Google won't hand data to Brazil judge
Reuters:
MySpace could be worth $15 bln in 3 years-analyst
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LinuxDevices.com:
Mini Linux PC breaks $100 barrier
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
iTunes 7.0.1 points to the iPhone, life moves on
Discussion: Download Squad and PalmAddicts
James / MocoNews.net:
It's Official: Mobile ESPN To Cease MVNO Ops Dec. 31; Will Seek Licensing
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