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6:15 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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steve Jobs Speaks the Truth About the iPhone Price Drop  —  I hate to say it, but I think Steve Jobs is telling the truth about the iPhone price cut.  —  We are so used to cryptic and seemingly disingenuous communication out of Apple that we miss it when Mr. Jobs says crassly what most businessmen try …
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.
Fred / A VC:
Bumming On Apple  —  Apple right now is like the girl …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Gizmodo
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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Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Free Custom Ringtones in iTunes 7.4 (Updated)  —  Cleverboy posted instructions on our forums on how to "convert" AAC music files to ringtones in iTunes 7.4.  He states that ringtones and song files are only distinguished by file extension.  The file extension for Ringtones is "M4R".  —  Windows and Mac
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ads: Apple's iPhone Contextual Ad Was Fake  —  Remember the iPhone contextual ad yesterday that nudged the early adopters?  Turns out the ad wasn't from Apple at all.  It was from some guy from didntyouhear.com.  —  After seeing the Nokia ad—which WAS from Nokia—he decided to make a fake one, which caught Apple's eye.
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Friday afternoon Apple links, iPod hangover edition
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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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Netscape Ends Digg-Clone Social News Experiment
Alex Woodson / Hollywood Reporter:
MTV Nets encircle the Web with slate of sites  —  Set to launch two dozen sites by Q1  —  NEW YORK — A new hub for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" headlines a slate of two dozen targeted Web sites that Viacom's MTV Networks will launch by the first quarter as it continues its "vertical" digital strategy.
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 …
Reuters:
iTune Tagging Unveiled  —  The service lets listeners with HD Radio receivers containing a special tag button, to "tag" songs they hear on the FM dial for subsequent purchase via Apple's iTunes.  —  LOS ANGELES—Apple, iBiquity Digital, a developer of high-definition radio technology …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Last Podcast
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone Software Unlock Confirmed on Video  —  Despite confirmation from reputable sources like CNN and Engadget, there were still people unsure of whether iPhoneSIMFree actually worked.  The reason?  The lack of video proof of the unlock process.  Well, here it is, the first, exclusive video proof of the unlock process.
Ken / Digital Common Sense:
Quechup - Rat Bastard Disease of the Internet  —  Ok, I wrote this the other day about these bastards.  See Social Networking VD  —  I immediately unsubscribed and sent them a screed demanding they not spam my address bok that they harvested.  This is an elegant use of social networking …
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.
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
SORRELL SPINS WEB TO 'AD' TO EMPIRE  —  WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell - who's been on the prowl since buying online ad firm 24/7 Real Media earlier this year - could be close to making another significant acquisition in the digital ad space.  —  Sorrell revealed this week that he would announce …
 
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Anne Broache / ZDNet:
House OKs revamp of patent system
Discussion: InfoWorld
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HTC proud to share touch vision with Apple
Sharon Gaudin / iTNews Australia:
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
ESPN Founder Hopes To Score With Sports Site
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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
No-Defense Department
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Eudora open source e-mail client beta makes debut
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Firefox passes 400 million downloads
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
IPod's Next Killer App? Double Your Storage With ShrinkMyTunes
Discussion: Lifehacker, Switched and Digg
BBC:
MP3 users 'risking hearing loss'
Discussion: p2pnet and PalmAddicts
Ivan / Freelance Switch:
35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Grooveshark Music Service Pays You To Upload Music
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Search In The Year 2010: Part Two
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Dell's Linux sleight of hand
Discussion: TechSpot News
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
'The Long Tail Is Just Not That Long'