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11:10 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).
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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.
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 …
Discussion: PC World and The Tech Report
Steve Hamm / Business Week:   Give a Laptop and Get One  —  Nicholas Negroponte hopes …
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.
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Yi-Wyn Yen / The Startup Game:
Halo 3 hits stores at midnight  —  Fall has arrived, so it's time to start thinking of the biggest hit seller this holiday season.  At midnight, Microsoft (MSFT) will release Halo 3 exclusively for the Xbox 360, which means gamers from coast to coast will be lining up at Wal-Marts and Gamestops everywhere.
BBC:   Gamers gear up for Halo 3 launch
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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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 …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Company Will Monitor Phone Calls to Tailor Ads  —  Companies like Google scan their e-mail users' in-boxes to deliver ads related to those messages.  Will people be as willing to let a company listen in on their phone conversations to do the same?  —  Pudding Media, a start-up based in San Jose …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
New service eavesdrops on Internet calls
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Today's Terrible Idea: Pudding Media
Reuters:
Starbucks to give away music as new service starts  —  Starbucks on Monday said it will give away millions of songs via downloads starting next month, as it launches a wireless music service with Apple.  From October 2 to November 7 at more than 10,000 U.S. Starbucks locations, customers can receive …
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
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Tony Smith / The Register:   Virgin unplugs music download service
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: PDA, /Message and TechCrunch
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Blyk launches ad-supported mobile network
Discussion: CrunchGear and Compiler
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
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, PDA and TechCrunch
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."
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Victorious RIAA defendant gets attorneys' fees, turns to class-action plans  —  Calling the RIAA's case unjustified "as a reasonable exploration of the boundaries of copyright law," a federal magistrate judge late last week awarded former RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen attorneys' fees …
Discussion: Inquirer
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: PDA and WebProNews
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Dell to sell PCs through China retailer  —  BEIJING - Dell Inc. announced a deal Monday to launch a retail presence in China by selling computers through the country's biggest chain of electronics stores as it struggles to capture a bigger share of the booming market.
Discussion: Between the Lines and DailyTech
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell launches retail presence in China
Discussion: InfoWorld
 
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