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12:50 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.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple wants to slash TV show prices in half, aggresively drive iPod sales  —  Last week, Apple and NBC-Universal's relationship ended in a messy split.  The usual he-said, she-said followed: Apple accused NBC of wanting to double prices on some TV shows; NBC said no, they just wanted to have some flexibility in pricing.
New York Times:
IPhone Owners Crying Foul Over Price Cut  —  In June, they were calling it the God Phone.  Yesterday, it was the Chump Phone.  —  People who had rushed to buy the Apple iPhone over the last two months suddenly and embarrassingly found that they had overpaid by $200 for the year's most coveted gadget.
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 …
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.
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Delicious Preview - Next Gen Search For Yahoo?  —  A new version of Delicious (sans dots) was released as a private preview today.  I got an invite and have been poking around.  Techcrunch got the exclusive on the story, so they have a full review up.  But in my initial quick tests, a couple of features immediately stood out for me.
Discussion: MediaFuturist
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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.
Discussion: Wikinomics
BBC:
Government backs Trust on iPlayer  —  The UK government has responded to an electronic petition that called on it to ensure the BBC's iPlayer works on non-Windows PCs.  —  More than 16,000 people have signed the petition since it was created.  —  In its response, the government …
Marianne Kolbasuk McGee / InformationWeek:
Web Sites Sued Over Patents On Configuring Products  —  The suit against several large automotive and apparel companies says they are infringing on patents with the functions they provide customers on their Web sites.  —  A Wisconsin based limited liability corporation has filed a suit …
Discussion: WebProNews and Techdirt
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: dslreports.com and Smart Mobs
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Multiply, social networking for 30-somethings, raises $16.6M  —  Multiply, a social network aimed at 30-somethings, has just announced additional venture funding of $16.6 million  —  The Boca Raton, Florida-based Multiply struggled after launching in late 2003.
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Matt Richtel / International Herald Tribune:
Social networking sites take notice of seniors
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Dell's Linux sleight of hand
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Games with strong online components outsell the competition
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 test builds to hit next week?
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Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft opening up on the Web
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Amex mulls iPhone purchase rebate policy
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act
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Business Week:
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