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6:40 AM ET, September 1, 2007

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Marco / Marco's Blog:
Google Earth Flight Simulator  —  Some time last week, Google expanded Google Earth with Google Sky.  As fascinating as Google Sky is, that's not the focus of this post.  Along with the latest update comes a hidden feature of which I cannot seem to find any other information about.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU's Response: Never Asked To Double Price; Shows Will Be On iTunes Through Early December  —  This is beginning to sound like a Jane Curtain-Dan Akroyd skit ... NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) never asked to double the wholesale price and insists NBC shows will be sold by the iTunes Store through early December.
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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 …
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Apple Retaliates; Says NBC Wanted Double The Wholesale Price; Will Stop in September
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:   An Open Letter to NBC re: Leaving Apple's iTunes Store
Michael Gartenberg:
NBC leaves iTunes - First Take
Discussion: The Register and Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
John Markoff / New York Times:
Who Founded Facebook?  A New Claim Emerges  —  Mark Zuckerberg is considered the founder of Facebook, the popular social networking Web site estimated to be worth upward of $1 billion.  —  Three Harvard classmates, the founders of ConnectU, have long claimed that Mr. Zuckerberg stole the idea from them …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ross Levinsohn And Jonathan Miller To Announce New Buyout Fund Next Week  —  This news has been simmering for a while.  When Ross Levinsohn (pictured left) resigned as the President of Fox Interactive Media late last year it was rumored that he intended to raise a large fund to acquire Internet startups.
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and HipMojo.com
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Pat Hedley / PR Newswire:
Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn to Serve as Advisors to General Atlantic's Media and Consumer Sector  —  GREENWICH, Conn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity firm, today announced that Jonathan Miller, former Chairman and CEO of America Online …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Jon Miller and Ross Levinso's Fund To Be Announced Next Week …
Discussion: PE HUB
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 …
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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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cuts Deal With AP: Blow To Other News Sites
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Update On Netscape.com: It's Done, Possibly Moving To WOW.com.  Big AOL Layoffs Coming.  —  We've gotten an update on the controversial post we wrote earlier this month on the possible shutdown of the fourteen-month-old old Digg-clone Netscape.  Too many AOL execs have had their eye …
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
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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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.
Discussion: Mashable!, broadstuff and Digg
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Science Fiction Writers of America abuses the DMCA
Discussion: TeleRead
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Less is more for Ruby on Rails, inventor says  —  (InfoWorld) - Don't expect much to be added to Ruby On Rails this year.  When David Heinemeier Hansson gives an update on version 2.0 of his Web application framework at its user conference in September, he's as likely to talk about what's coming out as what's going in.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Jamendo: Download Thousands of Free and Legal Music Albums  —  Jamendo is a great place for artists to publish their creative works and make it available to a wide audience.  Users of the site can download these albums for free and donate directly to the artist if they like what they hear.
Sam Diaz / Washington Post:
On the Internet, A Tangled Web Of Classified Ads  —  With So Many Sites, Sifting Is Difficult  —  A few years ago, a classified ad for Andrew Davis's 2001 Mitsubishi Montero SUV might have been limited to two lines of descriptive shorthand: A/C, pwr pkg, 6cyl AT, 2wd, $9k firm.
Discussion: ben barren
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
As EarthLink (ELNK) Tightens Its Belt, Muni Wi-Fi Implodes  —  It sounds simple: cover a city with wi-fi signals, whet appetites with slow, ad-supported service, sign up enough people to pay for faster access, and presto — wireless Internet for all.  Turns out the municipal wi-fi business model was a bust …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Google a victim of EarthLink woes with cancellation of S.F. Wi-Fi
Discussion: Bits, Salon: Machinist and Ego Food
 
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
VCASMO PUTS VIDEOS AND POWERPOINTS SIDE BY SIDE
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Security Is An Illusion, Chap. 842
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Print ad sales hit 10-year low
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Netvibes goes mobile, for real this time
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
YouTube Says It's Sorry, Promises Thailand It Won't Do It Again, Gets Unblocked
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SCRIBD REBRANDS FACEBOOK APP, AIMS AT TEACHERS
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft cooking up some BlackBerry pie?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone explodes from unlock attempt (picture)
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Spamhaus off the hook for $11 million judgment
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Rolly, revealed
Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
My advice then is the same as now: Buy Opera
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