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12:55 PM ET, September 24, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free  —  One Laptop Per Child, an ambitious project to bring computing to the developing world's children, has considerable momentum.  Years of work by engineers and scientists have paid off in a pioneering low-cost machine that is light, rugged and surprisingly versatile.
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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).
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Building a critical mass  —  One Laptop Per Child seeks consumers' help  —  CAMBRIDGE - With orders for its rugged XO laptop falling short of its initial goal, the One Laptop Per Child project announced today that it would let consumers in the United States and Canada buy the cute computer for a limited time.
James Sherwood / The Register:
OLPC to offer consumers $400 two-laptop bundle
Discussion: PC World and The Tech Report
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
New service eavesdrops on Internet calls  —  NEW YORK - A startup has come up with a new way to make money from phone calls connected via the Internet: having software listen to the calls, then displaying ads on the callers' computer screens based on what's being talked about.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Today's Terrible Idea: Pudding Media  —  A new start-up called Pudding Media is offering free PC-based telephone calls—if users allow the company to listen in on their conversations and serve targeted ads based on what they're talking about (NYT).  This is one of the worst business ideas we've heard …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Prepping A Second Life Competitor?  —  Rumors of a Google powered virtual world based on Google Earth surfaced in January; today there is word that Google may be testing their virtual world at Arizona State University (ASU).  —  According to Google Operating System …
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Associated Press:
Starbucks to Give Away 50 Million Songs  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp. plans to give away 50 million free digital songs to customers in all of its domestic coffee houses to promote a new wireless iTunes music service that's about to debut in select markets.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Virgin unplugs music download service
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and CrunchGear
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
And The Halo 3 Reviews Trickle In...  Tomorrow is September 25th and at midnight, hundreds of thousands of gamers will flock to stores to purchase Halo 3, the year's most anticipated title.  But unlike the general mass of Halo fans, myself and others enjoy reading reviews first before plunking down $60 of our hard-earned cash.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Yi-Wyn Yen / The Startup Game:
Halo 3 hits stores at midnight
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedHub Launches - Individualized RSS Feeds  —  Personalization startup mSpoke is launching a new product to mashup and personalize RSS feeds today at DEMO [disclosure: Read/WriteTalk host Sean Ammirati works for mSpoke].  The product is called FeedHub and it creates an "individualized RSS feed" …
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Rocketboom Moves to Blip.tv  —  Rocketboom, the popular news and entertainment show which has pioneered a number of innovations for online video programs, has chosen Blip.tv as a publishing partner.  Besides taking on the duties of serving new and archived videos, Blip.tv will also be helping …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Moves to Blip.tv
Discussion: Paul Colligan's …
Forbes:
Stealing Clicks  —  The devil is in the data—and in this case, in the clicks.  Google and third-party auditors disagree on whether click fraud—the practice of inflating pay-per-click ad fees with automatic clicking software—is at bay or on the rise.  Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has dismissed click fraud as "immaterial."
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pownce vs Digg: Who Will Kevin Rose Back?  —  I've speculated previously on the growing conflict Kevin Rose has between his roles at Digg and Pownce, and now it would appear that we may finally be on the eve of Rose being forced to decide between the two.  —  Leah Culver, a co-founder …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Your Truman Show Takes Lifecasting To Widgets  —  Lifecasting startup Your Truman Show will present a Video Map Widget at DEMO today, bringing their life story focused video product to social networking sites.  —  VideoMap can be placed and accessed by anyone using Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, YourTrumanShow or other sites.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Porn Industry Infighting As Pirate Bay Takes On Big Media  —  The fallout from the MediaDefender debacle has seemingly reached every corner of the Internet, with sites springing up dedicated to the dissemination of every last detail of the leak, it seems everyone with an interest in BitTorrent has this hot topic on their lips.
Discussion: Inquirer
USA Today:
Account number, name not on this credit card  —  NEW YORK — U.S. consumers on Monday can begin signing up for the RevolutionCard, a new kind of "plastic" designed to be unlike any other card.  —  Among its features: a line of credit, the ability to store up to $15,000 on the card …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
DEMOfall 2007 Preview - Companies to Watch  —  The DEMOfall 2007 conference will be taking place in San Diego, CA this week, so Marshall Kirkpatrick and I decided to look through the list of companies and highlight the ones that we are most excited about seeing.
 
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Think tank to EU: Unbundle Windows on PCs
Peter Sanders / Wall Street Journal:
Coming Soon: A New Take On the Old Double Bill
Washington Post:
Contractor Blamed in DHS Data Breaches
Discussion: CNET News.com
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
We need a real handheld computer, who will build one? Apple of course
Phil Hochmuth / Techworld.com:
Linux and open source software pay off for PayPal
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Updated Leopard requirements to exclude 800MHz systems
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Steve Jobs proves you can't please all the people all the time
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
VCs & Tech Lawyers: INNOVATE, AUTOMATE, SIMPLIFY
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Victorious RIAA defendant gets attorneys' fees, turns to class-action plans
Discussion: Inquirer, TechSpot News and p2pnet
Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
ZONEALARM FORCEFIELD ARRIVES IN BETA
Ben Worthen / WSJ.com:
FBI: Cyber-Crime Outlook is "Bleak"
Kelli B. Grant / Wall Street Journal:
When to Hold Off on Latest Gadget
Wendy A. Lee / New York Times:
As the Fall Season Arrives, TV Screens Get More Cluttered
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning passes 100,000 social networks
Discussion: PDA, Insider Chatter and TechCrunch
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  —  Newspaper publishers who partnered …
Discussion: PDA and WebProNews
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Myspace to launch ad-supported cell phone
Discussion: PDA, Compiler, /Message and TechCrunch
 

 
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