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1:55 PM ET, August 31, 2007


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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC Will Not Renew ITunes Contract  —  NBC Universal, unable to come to an agreement with Apple on pricing, has decided not to renew its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on iTunes.  —  The media conglomerate — which is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Apple's online store …
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store To Stop Selling NBC Television Shows  —  Apple® today announced that it will not be selling NBC television shows for the upcoming television season on its online iTunes® Store (  The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes …
Don Reisinger / CNET
NBC says bye to iTunes, hello to piracy and lost revenue  —  In news that comes just weeks after iTunes' loss of Universal Music Group, NBC has officially canceled its contract with iTunes, citing the need for stricter piracy controls and higher pricing that Apple was unwilling to provide.
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
APPLE, LABELS PITCH 'TONES  —  Steve Jobs is getting into the ringtones business, The Post has learned.  —  Apple is in the midst of developing an offering with the major music labels to sell ringers to iPhone users via iTunes, multiple sources familiar with the situation said.
NBC to pull shows from iTunes  —  The No. 1 supplier of digital video to the online store, decides not to renew contract to sell downloads of its shows over pricing, piracy concerns, according to report  —  NEW YORK ( — NBC Universal has decided not to renew its contract …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
NBC cancels iTunes contract  —  Ouch.  Another in a long line of disagreements with Apple about the pricing of content on iTunes, another somewhat unexpected blow to the internet's largest digital media etailer.  NBC Universal, iTunes's number one seller, apparently backed out of renewing …
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg and WinBeta
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
Discussion: Digital Trends and Contentinople
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Yahoo's new social job network: Kickstart  —  Yahoo is looking to change the game with their new social job network, Kickstart.  They are currently conducting research surveys among college students to find out what they think of this new service.  Yahoo asks this question to the participants …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The 2008 iPhone display?  Sharp's next gen multi-touch LCD revealed  —  Want to see the glass behind the iPhone's multi-touch panel?  Well this ain't it, it's better.  Sharp — one of Apple's iPhone panel providers — just unveiled their newest 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution multi-touch panel …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Colin Barras / BBC:
File-sharers forced to play fair  —  Researchers have found a way to enforce good manners on file-sharing networks by treating bandwidth as a currency.  —  The team has created a peer-to-peer system called Tribler in which selfless sharers earn faster upload and download speeds but leeches are penalised.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Easy Way to Find Recent Web Pages  —  Now that Google indexes pages extremely fast and saves the date of the first indexing, it would be nice to have more options for restricting search results to a date range.  Google only provided three options in the advanced search …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Tnevinsmsft / Software Licensing …:
Server is on track for RTM tomorrow  —  It's been cooking for the better part of two days now.  (Stress tests) Just got an e-mail from our ever optimistic default release manager.  Dilip Pai.  Last week about this time we had some memory leaks and some other hard to debug issues that were preventing our stress run from completing.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Rolly, revealed  —  It's weird and it's hot and we likey... a lot.  —  Here it is, Sony's Rolly which looks (and appears to act) just like a mini robotic Miuro.  You'll know as much as we do about it once you disco on through to the video.
Discussion: Switched, Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
David Willis / BBC:
'Flying saucer' nears US take-off  —  It has been called the vehicle of the future and the ultimate way to beat the rush hour commute.  —  It is the M 200G, otherwise known as a "flying saucer", which is being built by a company in Davis, California called Moller International.
Discussion: Guardian, Ben Hammersley and Slashdot
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Peter Sayer / PC World:
French YouTube Rival Lands $34 Million Funding
Inside the Googleplex  —  It is rare for a company to dominate …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET
Microsoft Open XML standards vote foments politics, dismay
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Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
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Amy Kazmin / Financial Times:
Thailand lifts YouTube ban
Sydney Morning Herald:
Watchdog presses ISPs to clamp down on illegal net use
Tony Smith / The Register:
Cowon strikes at Archos with Wi-Fi media player
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Family Challenges Verizon Wireless Deal to Sell Bob Marley Ring Tones
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Researchers develop a 360-degree holographic display
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Security researcher stumbles across embassy e-mail log-ins
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