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12:55 AM ET, September 20, 2007


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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 …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC to Offer a Free Video Download Service  —  NBC Universal, acknowledging that viewers are increasingly moving away from traditional television viewing, announced plans today for a service that will make popular NBC programs available to download free to personal computers and other devices.
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
NBC.COM TO OFFER USERS FREE, AD-SUPPORTED DOWNLOADS OF POPULAR SHOWS  —  New Service - "NBC Direct" - Sends Full Episodes Directly To Consumers  —  Free Subscription Feature Gives Fans A Full Season of Their Favorite Programming  — today announced the launch of its new service …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Letting Consumers Download Shows Free-of-Charge
Discussion: Bits and Download Squad
David Kaplan /   NBCU To Launch Video Download Beta In October; 'NBC Direct' Downloads …
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 …
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google phone rumors heat up
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Does Digg Want To Be Facebook?
Discussion: blognation and The Social Web
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.
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  After creating a username and login (get this: email NOT required), the free app started up …
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Propeller Lives...For Now  —  Yaaarrrrr!  It's International Talk …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Promoting Your Own Services in Search Results
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
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 …
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.
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Business 2.0 Closed Due to Corporate Neglect, Ad Woes  —  Business 2.0 Closed Due to Corporate Neglect, Ad Woes  —  When the dot-com boom fizzled, the business magazines that covered that huge story similarly flamed out.  The Industry Standard closed, Red Herring went south, and Business 2.0 was on death's door.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Portable Media: Zune Scene Predicts Zune 2 on October 16th
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
Renee Boucher Ferguson /
SAP A1S Morphs into Business ByDesign
Discussion: The Register
Time for Apple to face the music?
Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
BusinessByDesign: iPhone for ERP, Or AS/400 for 21stC?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC (GE) Gets Break: Fox (NWS) Aims At Wrong Audience
Discussion: Associated Press
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ourlikes, a more efficient matchmaking site
Discussion: blognation and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
CBS More Focused On Keeping Fans Happy
Discussion: Reuters
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple's fight against iPhone unlocks may result in expensive bricks
Discussion: CNET, Apple 2.0 and Digg
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yahoo's Kay Skeptical about Local Verticals
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Secret of Intel's name revealed
Discussion: WinBeta
John Spooner / ChipLand:
Intel wants you to put the Internet in your pocket
The Macalope / An Apple blog:
Always wait for something better. ALWAYS.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated