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8:40 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Google Gphone still on the way, say sources  —  Google will definitely launch its own-brand handset but has yet to finalize the handset's specifications, OS, production contractor and operating partners, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.  —  Although market rumors previously stated …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBC Launching VOD Service — What about Hulu?  —  NBC will offer its top television shows as ad-supported downloads for up to a week after broadcast on a new service called "NBC Direct" that will launch this fall, the network is announcing today.  It seems we're not the only ones scratching …
Discussion: last100, WebProNews and Valleywag
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Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Letting Consumers Download Shows Free-of-Charge
Discussion: Bits and Download Squad
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
NBCU To Launch Video Download Beta In October; 'NBC Direct' Downloads …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch's Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch hasn't completed his purchase of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, but already Mr. Murdoch and Dow Jones executives are debating a key strategic question: Should the Journal fall in line …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC (GE) Gets Break: Fox (NWS) Aims At Wrong Audience
Discussion: Associated Press
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earth to Newspapers: Abandon Fort Business.
John Spooner / ChipLand:
Intel wants you to put the Internet in your pocket  —  San Francisco—The next big thing for Intel is little.  The company has used its Developer Forum, here, to extol the virtues of its forthcoming handheld device platforms for allowing consumers to connect to the Internet.
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InfoWorld:
Laptop vendors to offer Centrino with WiMax next year  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Several laptop vendors plan to announce support for an upcoming version of Intel's Centrino platform that uses WiMax wide-area networking technology — but Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple are not expected to be among them.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Supermicro debuts super quiet server blade
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
DIGG: New Digg Profiles Launch  —  The Digg team is excited to launch new Digg user profiles later tonight, the first of many cool new features rolling out this year.  —  We've completely revamped our profiles from the ground up - making it easy for you to share your favorite stories …
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg Goes Deeper with Social Networking  —  With its audience expanding and interests diversifying, the popular site is launching new features to help users find like-minded friends  —  When Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose launched Digg three years ago, the Web site attracted a community of like-minded people.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Does Digg Want To Be Facebook?
Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
SAP A1S Morphs into Business ByDesign  —  Business ByDesign is the new on-demand application suite from SAP, geared towards mid-market companies.  —  NEW YORK—After perhaps the biggest build up in recent memory, at least in the business applications sector, SAP unveiled its on demand suite built …
Discussion: The Register
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
SAP Business ByDesign: first analysis
Discussion: Computerworld, WSJ.com and Zoli's Blog
Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet:
ByDesign, SAP introduces on-demand business
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone GPS Hack Works!  —  Whoa, the iPhone just got GPS.  Well, assisted GPS, but still.  It actually works.  This morning, the Navizon GPS app showed up in Installer.app.  After creating a username and login (get this: email NOT required), the free app started up …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Uses Outdoor Billboards To Promote Goog411  —  Photo by Mike Blumenthal.  Used with permission.  —  Mike Blumenthal took a picture of a billboard ad in upstate New York for Google's free directory assistance alternative, Goog411.  This is interesting and amusing for a number of reasons.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Yahoo Image Search Loves Flickr  —  Search Yahoo Images for [google], and 70% (14 of 20) of the results are from Yahoo-owned Flickr*.  Search for [google reader], and 100% of results are from Flickr.  [horse], 25%.  [matt cutts], 70%.  [blogoscoped], 35%.
Discussion: Natural Search Blog
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Promoting Your Own Services in Search Results
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients  —  Names, addresses and phone numbers also at risk  —  Layered Technologies has been targeted by malicious hackers who may have stolen passwords and other personal details on as many as 6,000 of its clients, the Texas-based web host provider warned.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Afraid of Online Advertising?  —  A new McKinsey & Co. report called " How Companies Are Marketing Online" draws the astonishing conclusion that many advertisers are reluctant to shift dollars online — despite the massive shift of consumer attention online — because of the …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Techcrunch40: Conference Review, How did Mint win? and many Thank You's!  —  Now that the first TechCrunch40 conference is complete, this post will serve as my final conference review and recap.  Some of the startups asked me about full, in-depth reviews.  I am going to do my best to review each …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why a Recession Will Help Google Rule The World  —  As start-ups and investors pee in their britches over the thought that the U.S. economy is headed for a recession, Google and other cash rich companies are sitting pretty.  Why?  Because a recession would make their cash flow, cash piles …
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yahoo's Kay Skeptical about Local Verticals  —  Verticals are important to Yahoo! and others on a national basis, but they really aren't the way to go at the local level because of the limited resources for local sales, says Warren Kay, managing director, strategic alliances, Yahoo Search Marketing.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
 
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Sprint: 700 MHz Spectrum Not All That Important for WiMax
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BBC:
Time for Apple to face the music?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple's fight against iPhone unlocks may result in expensive bricks
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Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Secret of Intel's name revealed
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Always wait for something better. ALWAYS.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
P2P sites ridicule MediaDefender takedown notices in wake of e-mail leak
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
TGS 2007: Rumble Confirmed
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune 2 "source" leaks launch date and specs
 

 
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