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8:55 AM ET, September 14, 2007

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins Read/WriteWeb  —  I'm very pleased to announce that Marshall Kirkpatrick is joining Read/WriteWeb as a Lead Writer, starting this Monday.  Marshall teams up with Josh Catone in this role, meaning that Read/WriteWeb now has three daily writers (including myself).
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Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Japan, Google head for the moon  —  Everyone is going to the moon.  Japan has launched its first lunar probe, Selene, and the X-Prize foundation has persuaded Google to put up a $30m fund to reward any private enterprise that manages to land a probe in lunar-land.
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Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Google Offers $20 Million X Prize to Put Robot on Moon  —  Editor's Note: Google will award $20 million to the first private team to put a robot on the moon, the company and the X Prize Foundation announced at Wired NextFest in Los Angeles Thursday.  Members of the public will also get the chance to send digital mementos to the moon.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Moon  —  Google has revamped their Google Moon maps site.  It's not loading too well here, but maybe you're more lucky.  You can now see little astronaut icons with info bubbles for specific moonlanding sites.  Also, as Pau in the forum notes, the "cheese surface" easter egg …
Reuters:
Verizon Wireless files suit over FCC auction rules  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless has asked a federal court to overturn open-access rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is imposing on the winner of valuable wireless airwaves to be auctioned this winter.
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Chris Sacca / Google Public Policy Blog:
Consumer choice is always the right answer
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon unhappy with 700MHz open access requirements, sues FCC
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: It's all about the UI  —  Salesforce.com on Friday announced a new offering dubbed Force.com, an on-demand platform that gives companies the backend infrastructure as well as the tools to design their applications.  —  The Force.com platform, which is headlined by Visualforce …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Present At TechCrunch40  —  We just got permission to post this - On top of everything else we've got planned, Google will present something at TechCrunch40 next week.  Like the AOL and Yahoo product launches, it will not be eligible for the $50,000 top prize awarded to the best new startup product.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Baffling New Phenomenon: Customized Ringtones  —  At last week's presentation for journalists in California, Apple unveiled a refreshed iPod lineup and several secondary developments.  One of them, which I didn't have room to cover in my iPod review today, involves the availability of custom ringtones for the iPhone.
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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
Prince to sue YouTube, eBay over music use  —  LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Prince plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."  —  The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain," "1999" and "When Doves Cry" …
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Inquirer:
Google readies PowerPoint killer  —  Slideshow program will be with you, Presently  —  SURE AS EGGS ARE EGGS, it's been known for a long while that Google will at some point take on PowerPoint with a web-based presentations package.  The breaking news is that the coming-out party for the software is any day now.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 59: Yahoo Buys BuzzTracker  —  Now, we're cooking with some gas over at Yahoo, closing in on the two-thirds point of Jerry Yang's declared 100-day March to Happiness.  —  Today, the Internet giant will announce the purchase of a clever Web site called BuzzTracker, which uses a combination …
Discussion: WebProNews, TechCrunch and A VC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Viacom And Social Project Launch Broad Decentralized Social Network Called Flux  —  It turns out the rumors of a Viacom investment and partnership with social network Tagworld were accurate.  Viacom invested a reported $40 million in the company for a minority stake (Tagworld was previously funded …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
IS MTV WORKING ON A BRANDED SOCIAL NETWORK?
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BBC:
BT set to study internet novices  —  BT is setting up an initiative to find out why some people resist using the internet.  —  The project will employ psychologists to closely study a small group of people to reveal what stops them joining the net-using majority.
Discussion: Inquirer
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Counting Clicks  —  Given that most of Google's $13 billion in revenue comes from clicks on ads, you would think the words "click fraud" would inspire fear in Shuman Ghosemajumder, the company's senior product manager and resident click-fraud czar.  But the problem—publishers …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Peggy O'Crowley / NJ.com:
What do we think of Wii?  —  We received responses to our Question of the Week about the new gun-like remote wand that Wii is planning to unveil for its first-person shooter games.  —  Most people think it's a bone-headed idea.  —  "Great, this is what we need.  Children with guns learning how to aim and shoot.
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
TG Video: Electric motorcycle inventor crashes at Wired NextFest  —  Recommend article:  —  Los Angeles (CA) - The inventor of the "KillaCycle" electric motorcycle almost killed himself during a demonstration at the Wired NextFest conference.  Bill Dube, a government scientist during …
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