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6:05 PM ET, September 26, 2007

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Up next for Apple: the return of the Newton  —  Apple Inc, which helped spawn the PDA market with its Newton MessagePad line in the early '90s, plans to give the concept another go with a modern day reincarnation of the old fan favorite based on the company's new mutli-touch technology, AppleInsider has learned.
David Gainer / Microsoft Excel:
Calculation Issue Update  —  Yesterday we were alerted to an issue in Excel 2007 (and Excel Services 2007) involving calculation of numbers around 65,535.  The Excel team would like to provide a description of the issue and explain what we're doing about it.  —  Background
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! to Close Its Podcasting Site  —  Two years to the month after launching its large podcast search and listening site, Yahoo! has announced that Yahoo! Podcasts will cease operation on Halloween, October 31st.  The site never came out of Beta before the plug was pulled.
Discussion: Mashable!
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple sends takedown notice to iPod hacker's ISP  —  Yesterday, Erica posted in her state of the iPod touch jailbreak that a hacker named "Martyn" had obtained a broken iPod touch, and was planning to dive in and download every bit of code on it in the increasingly complicated effort to put 3rd party applications on the iPod touch.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: MSN Has Built the Video Site of the Future  —  There are big changes underway over at MSN Video, some of which represent a real look forward for the industry.  It's hard to believe, and it isn't pretty, but this is a site you've got to check out.  The site's design, full screen player and advertising model are big.
Discussion: MSN Video
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
MSN Video Gets Update
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks  —  I've had it with all the hype about mobile being the next big thing — more to the point, I've had it with the mobile web.  Here are five reasons why the web on the go still has a long way to go.  —  1. Wireless carrier networks are SLOW
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Growth of web applications in the US: Rapid adoption, but only when there's a real benefit  —  Status and implications for the tech industry September 25, 2007 Summary: Adoption of web applications is moving faster than most observers realize The rise of web applications …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Ars Technica
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
MIT students turn famed Harvard statue into 'Halo' chief  —  It goes without saying that in addition to a stellar reputation for academic innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is renowned for its geeky pranks.  The best-known of these was perhaps the time when students decorated …
Discussion: Joe Duck and CNET News.com
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Online Health Firm Waterfront Media Raises $25 Million In Fourth Round  —  NY-based online health company Waterfront Media has raised $25 million in a fourth round of funding led by Scale Venture Partners.  Other participants were Foundation Capital and existing investors Rho Ventures …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
When wireless > DSL: Sprint, Motorola show off WiMAX on the Chicago River  —  On a muggy early-autumn evening, I set sail down the Chicago River with a group of Motorola and Sprint executives, marketing people, analysts, and journalists.  Everyone was there to see one thing: Mobile WiMAX …
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
AOL IM Security Hole Unplugged?  —  Researcher Aviv Raff said he has found a way to defeat the patch that AOL issued to address an IM vulnerability.  —  A day after users of AOL's instant messaging service were advised to upgrade to address a vulnerability uncovered by Core Security Technologies …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Core Security:
REMOTE COMMAND EXECUTION, HTML AND JAVASCRIPT INJECTION VULNERA …
Discussion: Aviv Raff On .NET and Profy.Com
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Free Wi-Fi Still an Elusive Goal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The same forces slowing development of single-city wireless Internet networks are now overwhelming their supersize versions that cover thousands of square miles and scores of municipalities.  —  A telling example of the malaise can be found …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Bud.tv Pours On  —  Anheuser-Busch (BUD) is standing behind its much-maligned online video network Bud.tv, keeping it alive at least through 2008.  Tony Ponturo, the beer giant's VP of global media and sports/entertainment marketing, said while at a conference that the company can still learn …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage: How Low Can You Go?  —  Vonage (VG), the Holmdel, NJ-based VoIP service provider has been on the ropes for so long that you think it can't get any worse.  But it does!  Earlier this year the company lost a patent infringement case to Verizon, and was asked by the courts to pay Verizon …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court To Determine If Patent Holders Can Shake Down Entire Supply Chain  —  from the more-judicial-patent-reform dept  —  While Congress continues to fight over patent reform (often missing the bigger issues for those that the lobbyists are most interested in) …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Halo 3 Arrives, Rewarding Gamers, and Microsoft  —  Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, is the richest man on earth.  R. J. Bollard, a freshman at the University of Washington, said he would have 73 cents in his bank account as of midnight.  And that's one reason Mr. Gates is likely to be the richest man on earth for quite a while.
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
A Car In Every Garage, Fast Internet On Every PC  —  It's a slow, but moving boulder.  Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) called on the Bush administration to make a commitment to making high-speed Internet access more widely available to small businesses and all Americans.
 
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Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
TJX Encryption, Data Retention Details Trickle Out
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Schizophrenia: NBC Adds Two New Series to iTunes, Makes Us Go WTF
Discussion: paidContent.org and iLounge
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Pondering Google 2.0: How will it get to $100 billion in revenue?
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Picnik One Point Oh!
The Age:
Bloggers go armed with mobile phones
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sharp Blu-ray Recorders Include 1TB Storage
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Details Charges Against Media Companies
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Linksys shows off two new Media Center Extenders
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
IBM CoScripter Simplifies Web Experience
Discussion: Computerworld and Mashable!
Miguel Helft / Bits:
What's in Google's Name?
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Microsoft's Plan To Bring In Outside Talent
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More on the Amazon MP3 Store
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