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6:25 PM ET, August 31, 2007

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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 (www.itunes.com).  The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Apple Retaliates; Says NBC Wanted Double The Wholesale Price; Will Stop in September  —  Apple (Nsdq: AAPL) has come out swinging after reports last night that NBC has told the company it won't renew the TV downloads contract beyond December: Apple said in a release that …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Apple slaps back at NBC in iTunes spat  —  Disagreements between Apple and NBC Universal escalated Friday as Apple announced that it won't sell NBC's shows for the upcoming television season.  —  The move comes a day after The New York Times reported that NBC Universal would not renew …
Michael Gartenberg:
NBC leaves iTunes - First Take  —  News today that NBC isn't renewing with iTunes.  Even though the contract expires in December, Apple announced they won't carry any of the new fall season.  According to Apple, NBC wanted to up the price of each show to $4.99 and Apple held firm. … Bottom line?
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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 …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
NBC Universal ends contract with Apple's iTunes
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:   An Open Letter to NBC re: Leaving Apple's iTunes Store
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
NBC says bye to iTunes, hello to piracy and lost revenue
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google News Now Hosting Wire Stories & Promises Better Variety In Results  —  Today, Google News will begin offering articles from several major wire services and news agencies hosted on its own site, rather than sending readers away from Google.  The move is part of licensing agreements that have been stuck over the past year.
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Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Original stories, from the source  —  Today we're launching a new feature on Google News that will help you quickly and easily find original stories from news publishers — including stories from some of the top news agencies in the world, such as the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google Begins Hosting News on Its Site
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cuts Deal With AP: Blow To Other News Sites
Discussion: WebProNews
Economist:
Who's afraid of Google?  —  The world's internet superpower faces testing times  —  RARELY if ever has a company risen so fast in so many ways as Google, the world's most popular search engine.  This is true by just about any measure: the growth in its market value and revenues …
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Economist:
Inside the Googleplex  —  It is rare for a company to dominate its industry while claiming not to be motivated by money.  Google does.  But it has yet to face a crisis  —  IN AMERICA a phenomenon might claim to have entered mainstream culture only after it has been satirised on "The Simpsons".
Discussion: Epicenter, VoIP Blog and Clickety Clack
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
LET'S DANCE BABY  —  UNDERDOG AMAZON SET TO CHALLENGE ITUNES  —  Apple boss Steve Jobs is about to have another new challenger for dominance in the digital music business: Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos.  —  The online retail giant has tentatively set a mid-September target for the launch …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google a victim of EarthLink woes with cancellation of S.F. Wi-Fi  —  (08-30) 14:32 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The collapse of Mayor Gavin Newsom's ambitious plan to bring free wireless Internet access to San Francisco dealt a blow to Google Inc., which had hoped to use the system to test an array of new products.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
As EarthLink (ELNK) Tightens Its Belt, Muni Wi-Fi Implodes
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worse than Vogon poetry: bogus DMCA takedowns stun sci-fi lovers  —  Viacom isn't the only organization involved in sending out "bass-ackwards" DMCA takedown notices; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (abbreviated, for complicated reasons, as the SFWA) is in on the fun as well.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Science Fiction Writers of America abuses the DMCA
InfoWorld:
Sweden's OOXML vote declared invalid  —  (InfoWorld) - The Swedish Standards Institute has declared its recent vote in favor of Microsoft's Office Open XML format invalid.  It means that Sweden will probably abstain from an important upcoming international vote on whether to make the format a standard.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft cooking up some BlackBerry pie?  —  Amid strong rumors of an impending buyout by Microsoft, stock in Research In Motion (RIM), the company that produces the BlackBerry line of push e-mail devices, has surged up to an all-time high of $85.  According to a story from Reuters …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mashable!
Rose Yao / Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop for the Mac in 9 more languages  —  In April we launched Google Desktop for the Mac to further our goal of delivering great products on the Mac and making them universally available on all platforms.  A big thanks to all of you for using Desktop for the Mac, and for sharing your feedback.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Wikirage: The Wikipedia Zeitgeist  —  At the beginning of this month, Andrew Pipes wrote about Yahoo! Buzz and Google Trends, two search engine zeitgeist tools that attempt to show what topics are popular based on search volume.  The idea is that when you look at search data over time you begin …
Discussion: Webware.com
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Print ad sales hit 10-year low  —  After six straight quarters of accelerating declines, newspaper print advertising sales in the first half of this year fell to the lowest level in a decade, according to statistics released today by the Newspaper Association of America.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone explodes from unlock attempt (picture)  —  Earlier today we noted that while successful hardware-based iPhone unlocks are taking place all over the world (Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Germany, etc), some users are apparently doing damage to their units that will almost certainly not be covered under Apple's warranty.
 
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