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12:20 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 …
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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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
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.
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CNNMoney.com:
Apple giving $100 credit to early iPhone buyers
Discussion: Online Fandom
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
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
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 test builds to hit next week?  —  Next week could mark the delivery of new test builds of both Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 and Windows Server 2008, if signs this week are any indication.  —  WinBeta discovered Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate …
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Reuters:
Microsoft, Siemens to develop in-car infotainment  —  Microsoft and Siemens will join forces to develop in-car entertainment and navigation products that should make it easier for consumers to connect devices such mobile phones and music players.  —  The two companies said on Friday …
Discussion: Computerworld
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Danah is confused by Facebook's fans  —  Danah Boyd writes that she's she is "utterly confused by the ways in which the tech industry fetishizes Facebook".  —  She asks some good questions and makes some good points.  Lets go through them.  My answers in italics.
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
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Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft opening up on the Web
Stefanie Olsen / ZDNet:
Coming to grips with intelligent machines
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Amex mulls iPhone purchase rebate policy
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony launches backwards compatibility tool for 80GB PlayStation 3 hardware
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act
Discussion: dslreports.com, ACLU and Digg
BBC:
US backing for two-tier internet
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
HD Radio's 'ITunes Tagging' Could Lead to Another Big Announcement from Apple
AdAge:
What's a TV Show Worth?
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Nokia braces for Trade Commission patent probe
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
A new Web world with character
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Only In Europe: Sony Dates PlayStation Games For Europe (Including Home)
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Self-Referential Google Docs Chessboard
Discussion: Download Squad
Business Week:
Amazon Does Downloads, Sort Of
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD fizzles as consumers watch and wait
Discussion: AnandTech and EE Times
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Welcome back to TechCrunch UK & Ireland
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
MySpace to get popular Facebook travel app
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
 

 
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