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2:15 PM ET, September 7, 2007

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Josef Adalian / Variety:
Apple seeks TV price cut  —  Download costs could be chopped in half  —  Apple is mulling a plan to cut the price of TV show downloads in half — an idea that's not going over too well in Hollywood.  —  According to three people familiar with the proposal, Apple has told networks and studios …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: The iPhone-Price-Cut Slide Continues; Cumulative Mkt Cap Hit Tops $11 Billion  —  Apple's (AAPL) decision to cut the price of the of the 8 GB iPhone by $200 is proving to be a costly one - at least to the stock's market cap.  —  Apple shares are down again today, extending the slide into a third day.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple wants to slash TV show prices in half, aggresively drive iPod sales
Discussion: paidContent.org
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Puppet Master  —  I have never before quoted myself at length in a column, but this week's Apple iPhone pricing fiasco calls for it, so here is the beginning of a column I wrote back in January 2002:  —  In 1999, I was commissioned by Vanity Fair magazine to write a story about the relationship between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs' $100 iPhone Credit: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Fred / A VC:
Bumming On Apple  —  Apple right now is like the girl …
Discussion: Gizmodo
New York Times:
IPhone Owners Crying Foul Over Price Cut
Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
Upcoming Netscape changes  —  › tags: Community, Netscape, Portal, Social News, SocialNews  —  To the Netscape Community...  There are some upcoming changes to the Netscape.com site that we hope will improve your experience.  We'll be providing two different news options for you based …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Netscape Digg Clone Is Kaput  —  We've known about it for weeks (despite Netscape's claims that our post was innacurate), but now it's confirmed: AOL has announced the end of Netscape as a social news portal.  —  In a statement, Tom Drapeau spun the decision as being AOL listening …
BBC:
US backing for two-tier internet  —  The US Justice Department has said that internet service providers should be allowed to charge for priority traffic.  —  The agency said it was opposed to "network neutrality", the idea that all data on the net is treated equally.
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Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
'The Long Tail Is Just Not That Long'  —  Q&A: Starcom's Emerging Video Guru Tracey Scheppach  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Tracey Scheppach's job is, simply, to help advertisers find new methods to hawk their wares on TV.  But deciding on those methods is far from simple.
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
"Photoshop Express" RIA sneak-peeked today  —  Today the crowd at Photoshop World got a quick preview of Photoshop Express, a new application currently in development at Adobe.  First hinted at by Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen some six months ago, Photoshop Express isn't meant to duplicate/replace Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop Elements.
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Says Blu-ray Leading Player Sales, Toshiba Refutes Claim  —  Sony and Toshiba play tug of war on who owns most of HD market  —  In the high-definition optical format race, it's been commonly observed that Blu-ray Disc software outsell HD DVD by two-to-one margin.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD fizzles as consumers watch and wait
Discussion: EE Times and AnandTech
Ben Hardwidge / Custom PC:
HP Blackbird 'kicks the living crap out of Dell XPS' - read the HP interview  —  We talk to Rahul Sood and Mark Budgell from HP about the company's new water-cooled gaming PC  —  The first piece of design to come out of HP's acquisition of Voodoo has finally been unveiled …
Discussion: Inquirer and WinBeta
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: Is it illegal to make my own ringtones?  —  Know Your Rights is Engadget's new technology law series, written by our own totally punk copyright attorney Nilay Patel.  In it we'll try to answer some fundamental tech-law questions to help you stay out of trouble in this brave new world.
Discussion: Digg
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Shutting Down Big Downloaders  —  Comcast Cuts Internet Service to Bandwidth Hogs  —  The rapid growth of online videos, music and games has created a new Internet sin: using it too much.  —  Comcast has punished some transgressors by cutting off their Internet service arguing …
Discussion: CCUCEO, dslreports.com and Smart Mobs
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Grooveshark Music Service Pays You To Upload Music  —  Here's an interesting idea.  Offer DRM-free downloads at 99 cents per track and pay regular users to upload the files in their music collection.  Sell those tracks and split the profits with the record label, the user who uploaded the tracks, and keep a little for yourself.
Discussion: Ars Technica
 
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