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2:45 PM ET, September 17, 2007

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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online  —  Couldn't snag a ticket to this year's TechCrunch40 conference?  Head on over to techcrunch40.com to follow the action online.  —  We've put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening.
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Paul Boutin / paulboutin.weblogger.com:
TechCrunch40 List 2007  —  There are 39 companies in the TC40 so far.  I've got 38 of them (they're on banners at the Palace Hotel) and hopefully correct URLs for most.  But before you click through, be aware that the actual product launches aren't live yet.
BBC:
Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal  —  Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.  —  The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
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Business Wire:
AOL Realigns Business, Unveils Global Integrated Advertising Platform  —  The New Entity, Platform A, Will Offer Advertisers Access to the Largest Internet-wide Display Advertising Network and Most Sophisticated Tools; Builds on Success of Advertising.com and Integrates TACODA, Third Screen Media, Lightningcast and ADTECH
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Washington Post:
AOL Moving Headquarters to New York  —  AOL is moving its corporate headquarters from Dulles to New York, the company announced today, ending a saga that helped cement Washington as a center of the technology boom but also gave rise to corporate scandal and ill-fated dealmaking.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AOL Realigns Advertising Business; Creates 'Platform A' …
Discussion: WebProNews and Valleywag
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 40 Session 1: Search & Discovery  —  Session one as follows, including our live notes.  —  Powerset  —  Powerset is a natural language search engine that can use everyday phrases and grammer to conduct more accruate web searches by understanding the search query and the pages it indexes.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
TechCrunch40: Search and Discovery
Discussion: Digital Daily and CrunchGear
Sprint:
Sprint Customers in Select Areas of Denver and Indianapolis Get AIRAVE for Enhanced In-Home Coverage and Unlimited Calling  —  Sprint introduces industry-first femtocell that works with any Sprint phone for convenient, reliable wireless use at home  —  Media Contacts:  —  Emmy Anderson, Sprint, 913-707-0618
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint Airave signal booster goes on sale today — in Denver and Indy
Discussion: dslreports.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?  —  Venture capitalists invested about six percent more into Web 2.0 companies in the first half of 2007, but the increase was attributable to more deals in Europe and Israel.  —  Notably, early investors in Web 2.0 slowed their pace.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus  —  A batch of laptops pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium was found to have been infected with a 13-year-old boot sector virus.  —  Those of you with a long memory will vividly recall the year 1994: Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain died …
Yahoo! News:
China man dies after three-day Internet session  — China man dies after three-day Internet session  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Free online music service launches  —  LOS ANGELES - SpiralFrog.com, an ad-supported Web site that allows visitors to download music and videos free of charge, was scheduled to launch Monday in the U.S. and Canada after months of "beta" testing.  —  The music service, which has arranged …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
SpiralFrog's "free" music download service goes live
Discussion: Ars Technica
Agence France Presse:
Iran blocks access to Google  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has blocked access to the Google search engine and its Gmail email service as part of a clampdown on material deemed to be offensive, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.  —  "I can confirm these sites have been filtered," …
Discussion: Online Media Cultist and 901am
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 wins Apple iPhone deal - at a hefty price  —  Mobile operator O2 is preparing to unveil Apple's much anticipated iPhone in the UK tomorrow.  But serious questions are being raised in the City about how much ground it has had to give away to Apple in order to clinch the deal.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The iPhone Heads to Europe; Euros Head to Cupertino
Discussion: PC World
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet  —  [Title with sincere apologies to Mitch Albom and his wonderful book.]  —  One of the hottest of hot topics these days is the topic of Internet platforms, or platforms on the Internet.  Web services APIs (application programming interfaces) …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Roald Dahl Logo Was Pulled  —  Last Thursday, Google put up a special Roald Dahl logo to celebrate the birthday of the author of works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  Some hours later the logo was gone, not getting its typical 1-day period in the spotlight*.
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treo 500 Unboxed  —  As promised Palm has sent me a brand new Treo 500 to review and I have to admit that I have not had the opportunity to be this excited about a new Treo in quite a while - it's a very slick, slim and light smartphone that feels absolutely great in your hands …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Readers Endorse Switch to Apple  —  Former Windows Users Offer Tales  —  Of Why They Switched to a Mac  —  Last week's column on pondering a new PC, and the possibility of throwing over Windows for Apple, brought in a tidal wave of forum posts and email — and more evidence that the consumer-PC market is turning in Apple's favor.
 
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Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
A simple plan to slash the price of tunes for your iPod
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
BBC:
Hi-tech crime 'is big business'
Discussion: Inquirer
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Some new iPod nanos afflicted with tilted screens
Discussion: DailyTech and Zatz Not Funny!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Intel's MashMaker to launch this week
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia gets into mobile advertising
Discussion: WebProNews and InfoWorld
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Social networking sites breaking free from the PC
Discussion: VentureBeat
Evan Blass / Engadget:
AOL, HP extend search partnership to worldwide PCs
Discussion: WebProNews
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Business Wire:
T-Mobile Agrees to Acquire SunCom Wireless to Expand Network …
Ian Monroe:
iPod Classic Will Be Supported
James Rivington / Tech.co.uk:
Blu-ray and HD DVD formats set to co-exist
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Lisa Cornwell / Associated Press:
Flagging Shopzilla boosts marketing
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
UPnP approved as ISO standard
Discussion: Geek News Central
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
EMusic, a Song-Download Site, to Offer Audiobooks
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Leaked Media Defender e-mails reveal secret government project