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12:20 PM 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
Discussion: PC World and The Tech Report
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  —  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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Contentinople
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Moves to Blip.tv
Discussion: Paul Colligan's …
Mike / the blip.tv blog:
Rocketboom debuts on blip.tv
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Dembot
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."
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
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, Compiler, /Message and TechCrunch
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Blyk launches ad-based mobile network
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: InfoWorld, Engadget and Infinite Loop
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Virgin unplugs music download service
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
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 …
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Updated Leopard requirements to exclude 800MHz systems  —  Just weeks ahead of its public launch, Apple Inc. has updated the minimum system requirements for its next-generation Leopard operating system to exclude 800MHz PowerPC-based Macs, AppleInsider has learned.
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" …
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
 
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USA Today:
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Steve Jobs proves you can't please all the people all the time
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Kelli B. Grant / Wall Street Journal:
When to Hold Off on Latest Gadget
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Key to Web-Video Advertising
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Your Truman Show's Portable Video-Blogging Network
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
DEMOfall 2007 Preview - Companies to Watch
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Dell to sell PCs through China retailer
Nick Mathiason / Observer:
Microsoft in row over lobby tactics
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning passes 100,000 social networks
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