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2:20 PM ET, September 24, 2007

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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.
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:
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
Discussion: Valleywag and Pronet Advertising
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is FeedHub the answer to information overload?  —  I've been playing with mSpoke's FeedHub, releasing today at the Demo Conference.  I'll have a video up later today demonstrating the product.  —  Dan Farber has a review and info up on his ZDNet blog.  —  I've been interested i this topic for some time.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedHub Launches - Individualized RSS Feeds
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."
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
ongoing:
Flat Rate Considered Harmful  —  Lots of people, including for example my CEO, say that the hand-held mobile is going to be a crucial, maybe a dominant, way for people to experience the Net; particularly on the other side of what we now call the digital divide.  Only there's an economic problem.
 
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Mark Anderson / Wired News:
Sci-Fi, Freaks and Supergeeks Take Over TV Screens
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Yahoo! Presidential Mashup Scores 1m Viewers in Two Weeks
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Breaking: Acebucks Raises 1.5 Million
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
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Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
In venture capitalism, a growing rift over blogs
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Washington Post:
Contractor Blamed in DHS Data Breaches
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Phil Hochmuth / Techworld.com:
Linux and open source software pay off for PayPal
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Updated Leopard requirements to exclude 800MHz systems
 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Steve Jobs proves you can't please all the people all the time
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Victorious RIAA defendant gets attorneys' fees, turns to class-action plans
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Kelli B. Grant / Wall Street Journal:
When to Hold Off on Latest Gadget
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Porn Industry Infighting As Pirate Bay Takes On Big Media
Discussion: Inquirer
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning passes 100,000 social networks
Discussion: PDA, Insider Chatter and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Online Backup Startup Mozy Acquired By EMC For $76 million
 

 
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