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5:00 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 (  The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 …
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.
Rafat Ali /
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET
NBC says bye to iTunes, hello to piracy and lost revenue
Michael Gartenberg:
NBC leaves iTunes - First Take
Discussion: The Register and Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
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.
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
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 …
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:'s Jeff Bezos.  —  The online retail giant has tentatively set a mid-September target for the launch …
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.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Theft at Monster alarms experts  —  Scope of scam reveals new level of danger  —  Security specialists say that the alleged theft of information of millions of users of the job-hunting website shows how cunning and dangerous e-mail scammers have become.
Ted Wallingford / Download Squad:
Job seekers get hacked, Fed says phishing to result
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
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!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Spamhaus off the hook for $11 million judgment  —  Last year, Spamhaus found itself on the wrong end of a $11.7 million default judgment awarded to online marketing firm e360insight after it decided not to fight the case due to its belief that US courts had no jurisdiction over the group because of its location in the UK.
Anne Broache / CNET   Court tosses $11 million judgment against Spamhaus
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 …
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 …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET
Netvibes goes mobile, for real this time
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worse than Vogon poetry: bogus DMCA takedowns stun sci-fi lovers
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Google a victim of EarthLink woes with cancellation of S.F. Wi-Fi
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
YouTube Says It's Sorry, Promises Thailand It Won't Do It Again, Gets Unblocked
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA denies copyright misuse in the wake of antitrust, monopoly accusations
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Peter Sayer / PC World:
French YouTube Rival Lands $34 Million Funding
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Microsoft Open XML standards vote foments politics, dismay
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Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
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Ad Network Tries Targeting on Page View Duration
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Server is on track for RTM tomorrow
Colin Barras / BBC:
File-sharers forced to play fair
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