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5:25 AM ET, September 29, 2006

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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!
Discussion: Scobleizer
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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.
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 interesting stuff on the web was as easy as watching TV?  Some nights, I just want to relax, tune in to HBO and see what's on.  Other times, I know exactly what I want to watch: all those Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes that I've recorded, for one thing.
Official Google Blog:
Now anyone can Talk  —  Last year, we launched Google Talk, a free and easy service for making voice calls and sending instant messages.  It used to be that only Gmail users could use Google Talk but now anyone can sign up for Google Talk.  If you haven't tried the service yet, here are 5 good reasons to give it a try:
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?
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook to Launch Advertising Through News Feed - WTH?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook's new "social advertising" feature misunderstood
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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
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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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
OK folks... now it's a bubble (or "what could podshow even do with another $15M?!?!")  —  Lest there be no question, we are now in a full-blown bubble.  What on earth Podshow is going to do with almost $25M in funding is anyone's guess, but it's not going to end well I can tell you that.
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
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 …
Rahul Sood / www.rahulsood.com:
"Project Vampire" is about to fly  —  This will probably be the longest most heartfelt article I have ever written.  I have been planning it for weeks and I wanted to be careful to break the news without forgetting anything.  We didn't tell our friends, we didn't tell our staff, and we didn't tell our family (other than our wives).
Discussion: Engadget, TechBlog and The Tech Report
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Reuters:
HP says it agrees to buy gaming PC maker Voodoo
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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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Sony to begin global "battery replacement" program
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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?
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
 
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Mark Cuban: Only a 'moron' would buy YouTube
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