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9:15 AM ET, September 20, 2007

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Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
ABC's AOL Pact Marks Web's Growing TV Allure  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ABC became the latest major network to strike a deal with AOL allowing its full-length prime-time shows to be available free on the Time Warner Inc.-owned portal.  —  ABC shows will be available on AOL starting today …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is Hulu Doomed? NBC To Begin Offering Free Downloads
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Saul Hansell / Bits:
NBC Brings the Most Popular Word to TV Downloads: Free
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NBC.COM TO OFFER USERS FREE, AD-SUPPORTED DOWNLOADS OF POPULAR SHOWS
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Americans giving up friends, sex for Web life  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Surfing the net has become an obsession for many Americans with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web.
Discussion: WebProNews and broadstuff
Nokia:
Nokia answers convergence call with Nokia 6301 UMA phone  —  Espoo, Finland - With a sleek stainless steel design, the Nokia 6301 phone launched today is not only stylish, but offers consumers seamless voice and data mobility across GSM cellular and WLAN networks via Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shared Stuff  —  Google's social side is more visible every day.  A new service called "Shared Stuff" lets you share interesting links with your friends and the entire world.  You need to drag a bookmarklet to your browser's link bar or to click on the "Share" button from a web page …
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
Ignoring open source is costing us dear  —  Firefox, the browser that dared to challenge the supremacy of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, has just reached 400m downloads - and deservedly so.  It now claims a market share of nearly 20% in the UK and 30% in Germany.
Discussion: Open Source
kottke.org:
Gems from the archive of the New York Times  —  Now that the NY Times has discontinued their Times Select subscription program and made much more of their 150+ years of content available for anyone to read and link to, let's take a look at some of the more notable items that the non-subscriber has been missing.
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Doc Searls Weblog:
Earth to Newspapers: Abandon Fort Business.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Netscape's Propeller is Changing More Than You Might Think  —  AOL's social news site relaunched today under the new name Propeller.  No longer "the new Netscape", Propeller seems on face like a clone of a clone.  There may, though, be much more going on underneath the surface.
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
DIGG: New Digg Profiles Launch
BBC:
Time for Apple to face the music?  —  Columnist Bill Thompson asks whether the time has come for Apple to be put under the EU microscope in the same way as Microsoft has.  —  Microsoft was humiliated by the European Union's Court of First Instance on Monday when it rejected almost all elements …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zillow Gets Mo Money  —  Earlier this week we were joking about Fundinistas or companies that the ones who raise venture capital relentlessly.  One of them happened to be Zillow, which had raised $57 million.  Well, today they called to let us know that they had raised another $30 million, bringing the total to $87 million.
Discussion: Things That
USA Today:
Cities turning off plans for Wi-Fi  —  CHICAGO — Plans to blanket cities across the nation with low-cost or free wireless Internet access are being delayed or abandoned because they are proving to be too costly and complicated.  —  Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities are putting proposed Wi-Fi networks on hold.
Discussion: Hear 2.0
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Semantic Web: Difficulties with the Classic Approach  —  Summary: The original vision of the semantic web as a layer on top of the current web, annotated in a way that computers can "understand," is certainly grandiose and intriguing.  Yet, for the past decade it has been a kind of academic exercise rather than a practical technology.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Anti-Piracy Tools Leaked  —  Similar to the previously released e-mails, tracking database and phone call this leak is also spread by the group that goes by the name "MediaDefender-Defenders".  In the .nfo that was posted with the torrent we read:
Discussion: Slyck
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Commercial Software Will Include Open Source, Gartner Says  —  IT organizations will have to manage open-source software along with commercial software, Gartner says.  —  LAS VEGAS—At least 80 percent of all commercial software products will include elements of open-source code by 2010 …
Discussion: The Open Road and Inquirer
BBC:
Old mobile spectrum to be freed  —  Old mobile phone frequencies in the UK could get a new lease of life thanks to proposals by regulator Ofcom.  —  The telecommunications watchdog wants to loosen restrictions on who can use the portion of spectrum currently reserved for second-generation mobiles.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Big trend coming out of TechCrunch40: data normalization services  —  Big trend coming out of TechCrunch40: data normalization services like Mint, Cake, TripIt, and Clickable.  —  DMS is a new category (I think I just named it) in which companies pull in data from 3rd parties, normalize (clean) it, and then leverage it.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Roam4free
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Ameritrade leak looks to have started in late '05, much earlier than reported  —  E-mails obtained by Network World show that Ameritrade received explicit and repeated warnings from an IT security expert starting Jan. 9, 2006 that its customer data had apparently been compromised …
Discussion: Inquirer and Valleywag
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
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google plugs hole in Presentations after e-mail addresses leak out
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SCO Group admits it may fold
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
A game of cat and mouse: The iPhone, Steve Jobs and an army of blind hackers
Janak Parekh / Pocket PC Thoughts:
Upcoming Samsung Pocket PC with Mouse Pointer?
Discussion: the::unwired and IntoMobile
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
TAKE THAT, SOUTHWEST! PASS-A-MATIC ANSWERS THE WEBWARE CALL
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Josh White / Washington Post:
Hacker Decries U.S., Israel On Vietnam Memorial Site
Discussion: Computerworld
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why a Recession Will Help Google Rule The World
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::Business 2.0 Closed Due to Corporate Neglect, Ad Woes
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone GPS Hack Works!
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Afraid of Online Advertising?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients
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