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5:50 PM ET, September 12, 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.
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
Microsoft says college students can 'steal' Office  —  For college students who want Office 2007, but don't want to pay Microsoft a fortune, the software maker is offering another option: Steal it.  —  Well, actually Microsoft isn't encouraging piracy.  Rather it is launching a promotion …
THE LATEST NEWS HEADLINES—YOUR VOTE COUNTS  —  If someday we have a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like?  How would citizens make up a front page differently than professional news people?  —  If a new crop of user-news sites …
Nick / Rough Type:
The people formerly known as informed  —  So what happens when "the people formally known as the audience," as the citizen journalism hypesters like to say, take charge of the dissemination of news?  A study released today by the Project for Excellence in Journalism provides a hint, and it's not exactly encouraging.
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Microsoft sneaks 1GB of memory into new laptop mouse  —  Microsoft has a handful of new laptop mice the company wants you to know about this morning.  And while Microsoft isn't usually the first brand name that springs to mind when you think of computer hardware (software's another story) …
Discussion: How To Split An Atom and Gizmodo
Microsoft Unveils First Notebook Mouse With 1 GB of Flash Memory Built …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
New York Times Launches Facebook App  —  The New York Times takes a step into the social networking realm today by launching a Facebook application called the New York Times News Quiz.  The simple application presents users with a daily (Monday-Friday) 5 question, multiple choice quiz …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
PCs: Ultra-Efficient Lenovo "Blue Sky" A61e PC Can Be Solar Powered  —  Ultra-Efficient Lenovo "Blue Sky" A61e PC Can Be Solar Powered  —  I don't care much for the green PC segment, as low power consumption usually equates to low CPU power production, but this one is pretty nifty.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
Gavin Clarke / The Register:   Sun turns Microsoft Windows server OEM
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google secures and updates name servers  —  Google already owns, but it's unlikely that will be the final name of the service.  Like Gmail is technically "Google Mail", the real name for GDrive will likely be "Google Drive".  So that got me wondering about the domain "".
Phone cancer doubts remain  —  The long-term cancer risk of mobile phone use cannot be ruled out, experts have concluded.  —  A major six-year research programme found a "hint" of a higher cancer risk.  —  But the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHRP) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hulu Makes First Acquisition; Chinese Video Startup To Form Backbone Of New Service  —  We haven't heard much about Bejing-based startup Mojiti before this week.  They popped up in the TechCrunch Forums in January and are notable because the founder, Eric Feng, was previously at Microsoft Research Asia.
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) …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
First free, open, GUI iPhone unlock software tested: it works!  —  HaRRo over on the iPhone Dev Team has already upped the ante — just hours after the release of the first free, open source iPhone SIM unlock software, he's already got an early beta version of the graphical one-click iPhone-based software cooking.
Business Wire:
Idearc Media Acquires URL; Makes Strategic Investment in  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Idearc Media Corp., home to® and publisher of the Verizon® Yellow Pages, has acquired the URL and made a strategic investment in …
2007 Online Journalism Awards - Finalists  —  Finalists for the 8th annual Online Journalism Awards, honoring excellence in digital journalism, have been announced by the Online News Association and the USC Annenberg School for Communication.  —  A total of 70 finalists ranging …
Mathew /
Google: Welcome to Privacy 2.0  —  Although Google's "Street View" visual search service isn't in Canada yet, federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart already has her hackles up about the idea.  Why?  Because the service involves taking millions of photos of street-level scenery …
Internal Linking On Some Tech Blogs Is Out of Control  —  It seems the more major bloggers tend to ask for the same rights, privileges and respect given traditional journalists, the more frequently I'm seeing some of them violate best practices for information sharing and news gathering.
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