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1:40 AM ET, September 13, 2007

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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Office Ultimate 2007: Just $60! (for students)  —  Starting in 59 minutes, 35 seconds, Microsoft will begin offering Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for students for the amazing price of just sixty dollars.  This special offer for students only represents a $620 discount off the retail price of $680, a 91% savings.
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Student Promotion Provides Steal of a Deal for Office Ultimate 2007  —  Q&A: Alan Yates, Microsoft general manager of Worldwide Education, highlights how Microsoft is providing college students with easier access to tools for academic success.  —  Microsoft today announced The Ultimate Steal …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft says college students can 'steal' Office
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google founders pay NASA $1.3 million to land at Moffett Airfield  —  (09-12) 12:31 PDT MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google Inc.'s founders will carry scientific equipment for NASA on their private Boeing 767 as part of a deal that grants them landing rights at Moffett Federal Airfield, near Mountain View, NASA and local officials said.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Google's Founders, a Coveted Landing Strip  —  In the annals of perks enjoyed by America's corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an uncrowded, federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Are Technology Limits In MP3s and iPods Ruining Pop Music?  —  If it seems like you are listening to music more but enjoying it less, some people in the recording industry say they know why.  They blame that iPod that you can't live without, along with all the compressed MP3 music files you've loaded on it.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Blaming MP3s And iPods For Ruining Music
Mariko Sanchanta / Financial Times:
Nintendo's Wii takes console lead  —  Cumulative sales of Nintendo's Wii have overtaken those of the Xbox 360, making it the world's best-selling next-generation games console in spite of having been on the market a year less than Microsoft's machine.  —  The move puts Nintendo …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
News flash: Digg headlines not "real" news  —  If there's one thing that really drives me around the bend, it's when people misinterpret academic or quasi-academic studies and draw all kinds of ludicrous and sweeping conclusions.  It's something the traditional media love to do with opinion surveys …
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Does Social Media Make You Dumb?
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Apps Are Pointless If They Don't Work
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hack Days spawn new Yahoo travel, shopping features  —  Yahoo may be outwardly struggling to redefine itself after being eclipsed by Google in search and online ads, but internally the coding and innovation continues apace, according to Bradley Horowitz, vice president of Yahoo's advanced development division.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Internet Ad Spending Not-So-Recession  —  The latest data from TNS Media Intelligence shows how U.S. advertising spending in the first half is heading into a downturn — except for online spending, which remains up remarkably.  —  Note, of course, that these results do not include search ads …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Microsoft Help and Support:
Overview of Windows Vista desktop search Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1  —  View products that this article applies to. … Beta Information  —  This article discusses a beta release of a Microsoft product.  The information in this article is provided as-is and is subject to change without notice.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft details search changes coming in Vista Service Pack 1
Discussion: Windows Connected
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Sun to ship Microsoft Windows Server on its hardware  —  Longtime rivals and occasional collaborators Sun Microsystems and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Sun will ship 64-bit servers with Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 operating system.  —  Within 90 days, Sun will offer Windows Server 2003 …
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:   Sun and Microsoft Team on Windows Server, Virtualization
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo's Open Invitation  —  Like counterparts at Facebook, CEO Jerry Yang plans to give developers more leeway in building tools designed to keep users on its pages longer  —  Last year it was the so-called Peanut Butter Manifesto, a sharply worded internal memo from a Yahoo! (YHOO) …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC to cable: You must support analog TVs until 2012  —  Cue the scary music.  According to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, "If the cable companies had their way, you, your mother and father, or your next door neighbor could go to sleep one night after watching their favorite channel and wake up the next morning to a dark fuzzy screen."
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Revver Pays $1 Million to Independent Video Content Producers  —  OK, it might not be time to quit the day job, but cash is starting to flow to independent content creators through advertising splits with video sharing sites.  —  Revver, one of the first sites to share revenue …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco and VMware buddy up for VFrame Data Center
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Chinese Official Accuses Nations of Hacking
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Steinway to debut its $150,000 stereo
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft changes Windows files on user PCs without permission, researchers say
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Liam Tung / CNET News.com:
Google denies ownership of users' words
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Microsoft alum shows his ethanol race car
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft swipes at Google Apps
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Breaking: False Hacker Poses as iPhone Dev Team Unlock Author …
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Internal Linking On Some Tech Blogs Is Out of Control
Peter Moon / PC World:
Stallman: If you want freedom don't follow Linus Torvalds
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The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Juno? Yes!
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google secures GoogleDrive.com and updates name servers
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Hulu Makes First Acquisition; Chinese Video Startup To Form Backbone Of New Service
 

 
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