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7:40 AM ET, September 24, 2007

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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
'$100 laptop' to sell to public  —  Computer enthusiasts in the developed world will soon be able to get their hands on the so-called "$100 laptop".  —  The organisation behind the project has launched the "give one, get one" scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Mashable!
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James Sherwood / The Register:
OLPC to offer consumers $400 two-laptop bundle  —  The group behind the third-world oriented $100 (ish) laptop will also offer consumers in developed countries the chance to buy its machine later this year.  —  OLPC's XO laptop  —  Dubbed Give 1 Get 1, the programme will run from 12 November …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning passes 100,000 social networks  —  As I've previously discussed, my new company Ning exists to give everyone the ability to create your own social network for anything — in less than two minutes, for free — with the ability to customize your network any way you want.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and TechCrunch
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  —  Newspaper publishers who partnered with Yahoo are seeing such significant online sales increases that they could start producing positive over-all revenue gains as early as 2009, says one Wall Street analyst.  —  That would be a welcome change for an industry …
Discussion: WebProNews
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
A Social Network for Google Earth?  —  Arizona State University's students have the opportunity to test a new product "that will be publicly launched later this year".  The invitation page mentions that the product is developed by "a major Internet company" and there are hints that the application …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Two new Gmail features in the queue  —  After discovering that Google is testing a new version of Gmail yesterday, I decided to take a closer look at more of the snippets that need to be translated for Gmail.  Most of them seem to be straight forward and correspond to existing features …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
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Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Myspace to launch ad-supported cell phone  —  LOS ANGELES - The social networking Web site MySpace is launching a free, advertising-supported cell phone version Monday as part of a wider bid by parent News Corp. to attract advertising for mobile Web sites.  —  Fox Interactive Media …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Online Backup Startup Mozy Acquired By EMC For $76 million  —  Online storage startup Mozy, headquartered in Utah, has been acquired by EMC Corporation, a public storage company with a nearly $40 billion market cap.  EMC paid $76 million for the company, according to two sources close to the deal.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The 10 rules of Twitter (and how I break every one)  —  If you follow the talk over on Twitter you'll see that there are some unwritten "rules" and that I am breaking lots of those rules and pissing lots of people off.  —  I break the rules so you don't have to.  —  So, what are they?
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The year of the social network
Discussion: TechBlog and Joe Duck
Nick Mathiason / Observer:
Microsoft in row over lobby tactics  —  Microsoft is at the centre of an embarrassing row over an attempt by a lobby firm strongly linked with the Seattle computer giant to rally opposition against rival Google's proposed acqusition of internet marketing firm DoubleClick.
Wendy A. Lee / New York Times:
As the Fall Season Arrives, TV Screens Get More Cluttered  —  Kyra Sedgwick, star of "The Closer" on TNT, walks under a police tape and scans the screen with her flashlight.  And every time she does, she makes Gretchen Corbin, a technical writer in Berkeley, Calif., irate.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TVNewser
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Online advertisers may gain from downturn  —  Online advertising spending is widely predicted to continue its strong growth even if a US economic downturn squeezes the advertising sector as a whole.  —  Indeed, pressure on companies to cut costs if the economy softens could even hasten …
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Finishing the fight: Ars reviews Halo 3  —  The Halo generation  —  Halo 3  —  After a three-year wait and the birth of a brand new console generation, Halo 3 is set to hit stores on September 25.  Halo 3 marks the final part of a long-standing tradition for Microsoft's gaming platform.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile Releases Blackberry Curve 8320, First Hands On  —  RIM fans can further rejoice with the launch of the Blackberry Curve, available later this month from T-Mobile.  This Wi-Fi-enabled world phone has a full QWERTY keyboard and 2-megapixel camera with microSD support.
 
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Linux-Watch.com:
Coming soon: automatic Linux driver upgrades
Discussion: Inquirer and Digg
Reuters:
Armani to launch mobile phone with Samsung
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
DRM advocates getting nervous about consumer backlash
David Carr / New York Times:
TV Remote Moves Over for a Mouse
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feeling tinfoilish? $5 billion suit against Google over privacy, terrorism
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops new Leopard build, may be release candidate
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The Ultimate con  —  Even if the Windows Ultimate team has fled …
George Johnson / New York Times:
An Oracle for Our Time, Part Man, Part Machine