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2:15 PM ET, September 24, 2007

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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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Blyk And MySpace: Will Ad-Subsized Mobile Services Fly?
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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).
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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.
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Leah Culver pownces on Digg  —  I realize that the headline on this post will make no sense whatsoever to 99 per cent of the population, but I'm not about to let that stop me It appears that Leah Culver of Pownce took a shot at the folks behind Digg over a new social-networking feature …
Discussion: Valleywag and Pronet Advertising
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: Engadget, TechCrunch UK and CrunchGear
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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is FeedHub the answer to information overload?
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
We need a real handheld computer, who will build one?  Apple of course  —  It's a great time to be a handheld PC enthusiast, not because there are so many good devices to choose from, because I don't think there are, but because public awareness of handheld PCs are at an all-time high.
Discussion: Channel 9 and GottaBeMobile.com
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
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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."
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Think tank to EU: Unbundle Windows on PCs  —  The Globalization Institute, a Brussels-based EU think tank, has recommended the European Union require all PCs to be sold without pre-loaded operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.  —  There is no reason why computer operating systems …
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
VCs & Tech Lawyers: INNOVATE, AUTOMATE, SIMPLIFY  —  i'll have a lot more to say about this in the future, but at the moment i just want to observe that for a group of folks who hang around startups & talk about technology & innovation all day long, most VCs & lawyers i know really need to eat some of their own [startup's] dogfood.
 
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