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3:55 AM ET, October 3, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft's new Zunes: officially in 80, 8, and 4GB sizes  —  We love a good non-mystery around here, and Microsoft's new Zunes are about as un-mysterious as they get.  But we also love a good product refresh, and now that the cat's officially out of the bag we can really dig into the new Zunes …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Highlights: Microsoft overhauls its Zune lineup  —  Microsoft released details of its new Zune devices Tuesday.  They're due for release in November.  Analysts say some of the new features are interesting, such as wireless synching with the PC.  But Microsoft is playing catch-up to Apple's iPod …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CrunchGear
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: Yep, New Zunes.  And DRM-Free Music?  —  Our spy in Seattle (actually, 20 minutes or so outside of Bellevue) tells us that Microsoft did indeed show off new Zunes today - a $149, 4 gig version and a $199, 8 gig model, both of which use flash memory, and an $249, 80 gig version that uses a hard drive.
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor  —  Microsoft has revamped its slow-selling Zune digital music players and created a MySpace-style social-networking site in its drive to compete with Apple's market-leading iPod player.  —  In large part, the Microsoft moves announced Tuesday …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft beefs up Zune music and community experience  —  As we noted in our Zune launch post, with the new Zune announcements, Microsoft intends to do more than just launch hardware.  The Zune crew has apparently done a complete overhaul of the Zune desktop software so it's no longer …
Discussion: Coolfer and Channel 9
Microsoft:
Zune Drives Next Generation of Digital Music Experience With Community Web Site Built Around Music  —  Microsoft unveils Zune Social, new Zune devices, innovative Zune software and redesigned Zune Marketplace — all geared toward discovering and sharing new music.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Ballmer still doesn't understand social networking  —  A few years ago I wrote to Microsoft's leadership and asked them why they weren't involved in the new Web 2.0 space.  I got an answer back that was about 2,000 words long and included the words "business value" 13 times.
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Gemma Soames / Times of London:
Ballmer: Facebook risks being 'a fad'
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
First RIAA trial gets under way with jury selection, opening statements  —  Duluth, Minnesota — Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas (the name of the suit changed after the RIAA dropped the sole Virgin recording from the case) got under way this morning in Courtroom One of the Federal Building in Duluth.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's chief anti-piracy lawyer: "Copying" music you own is "stealing"  —  Duluth, Minnesota — Testimony today in Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas quickly and inadvertently turned to the topic of fair use when Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, was called to the stand to testify.
Discussion: Digg
Threat Level / Wired:
First RIAA Filesharing Trial Underway in Duluth
Discussion: Christopher Null and TechnoLlama
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google to $2,000 a Share?  —  A reader complained that we've been nothing but negative of late—recession, Microsoft, Yahoo, newspapers, music, dying TV ads, etc.—so we'll brighten your afternoon with some rip-roaring positivity.  —  Remember a couple years back when some analyst floated …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To $2000/Share?  Somebody Muzzle Blodget  —  Henry Blodget made his name by predicting outlandish price increases for Internet stocks in the late nineties.  A lot of people lost a lot of money (or, all their money) by listening to his recommendations.
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Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
Adobe expands online services, woos designers with Thermo  —  Attendees at Adobe's Max developer conference check out Thermo, the code name for a design tool that enables designers to construct Web applications without writing code.  —  (Credit: Martin LaMonica/CNET News.com)
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
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Financial Times:
Yahoo ponders Kelkoo's future  —  By Maija Palmer in London, Chris Nuttall in San Francisco and Pan Yuk in Paris  —  Yahoo said on Tuesday it was considering "strategic options" for Kelkoo, including a possible sale of the online shopping comparison service that it acquired only three-and-a-half years ago.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Justin.tv Wins Funding, Opens Platform  —  Justin.tv, a startup that will forever risk coming off as a prolonged publicity stunt rather than a business, is rolling out the platform it's been saying was the point all along.  Starting out with founder Justin Kan broadcasting his life 24/7 …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Brain drain  —  As if the mainstream media didn't have enough trouble navigating the uncharted realm of digital innovation, they are losing many of the young, technologically astute employees who could be their guides.  —  "What am I doing here?" a talented young designer and programmer working …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
 
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Nancy Vogel / Los Angeles Times:
State Internet services shut down over hacker intrusion
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple, Jobs, AT&T named in ridiculous $1 million iPhone lawsuit
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL SUBPOENAS FACEBOOK OVER SEX OFFENDER DATA
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Times of London:
Apple sued for $1m over $200 iPhone discount
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Gina Piccalo / Los Angeles Times:
BoingBoing.net bounces into TV territory
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo's Revival Meeting
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet
Brad Stone / Bits:
Bubblewatch: The Industry Standard Is Coming Back
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Increase Ad Business
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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