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10:00 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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is Hulu Doomed?  NBC To Begin Offering Free Downloads  —  NBC will start offering its top television shows as ad-supported downloads this fall (autumn) from the NBC Direct website.  —  The announcement is a major setback for the NBC/ News Corp joint venture Hulu, which was originally set up to offer this very content.
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Saul Hansell / Bits:
NBC Brings the Most Popular Word to TV Downloads: Free
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Technovia
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Shared Stuff  —  Google has just quietly launched a new social link sharing service called Google Shared Stuff.  —  According to this help file, you can add links to your "shared stuff page" by adding a bookmarklet to your web browser's "Links" or "Bookmarks" bar or by clicking this button …
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
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
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.
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 and Compiler
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 …
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Apple and music groups fight claim that iTunes pricing is bad for Britons
Discussion: Coolfer
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
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.
Peter Galli /
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
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 and John Furrier
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Xobni: Turn Outlook Into A Social Network  —  Xobni is one of the cool startups to come out of the TechCrunch 40 conference, and after installing their software, I've come off pretty impressed.  Xobni produces a free Outlook add-in (Xobni is inbox backwards) that appears as a sidebar while reading emails in Outlook.
Discussion: Instigator Blog
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
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PC World:
Sony to Expand PS2 Business, But No PS3 Price Cut
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google plugs hole in Presentations after e-mail addresses leak out
Old mobile spectrum to be freed
David Meyer / Technology news:
SCO Group admits it may fold
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Ameritrade leak looks to have started in late '05, much earlier than reported
Discussion: Inquirer and Valleywag
Chris Soghoian / CNET
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google phone rumors heat up
9-volt flashlight: a simple, bright idea
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Forever Geek
Josh White / Washington Post:
Hacker Decries U.S., Israel On Vietnam Memorial Site
Discussion: Computerworld
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Netscape's Propeller is Changing More Than You Might Think
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Big trend coming out of TechCrunch40: data normalization services
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Roam4free
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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients