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6:50 PM ET, October 3, 2007


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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Microsoft's Open-Source Trap for Mono  —  Opinion: Microsoft wants to destroy open-source by opening its code for examination, but not for use.  —  Microsoft is claiming that releasing the .NET Framework reference source code under the Microsoft Reference License will give developers the opportunity to understand more about .NET.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Microsoft Open Sourcing .NET
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft to release .Net as Shared Source
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
First-Gen Zune Getting All The New Features: This is How You Treat Your Customers  —  The first generation 30GB Zune—which 1.2 million of you already purchased—is getting all the new Zune's features.  All.  Sure, the new Zune is more of a half step forward than a completely new design.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune vs. iPod specification smackdown  —  The new Zunes are official so let's get to it: a spec-by-spec scrap between Redmond's new Zunes and Cupertino's formidable iPod foe.  Unfortunately, Microsoft failed to mention the all important battery performance of their new gear in addition to a few other minor details.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
An in-depth look at the new Zune lineup; Q&A with Microsoft  —  Yesterday brought the announcement of new Zunes from Microsoft, and we've already covered the basic launch details: new flash models, a black 80GB hard drive model, WiFi syncing, podcast and recorded TV support …
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
'Zune' Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry  —  No wonder expectations for Microsoft's Zune run so low-the company encourages them.  Touting the newest iteration of Microsoft's digital music player in an interview yesterday with the New York Times, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates …
Discussion: Bits
Joanna Stern / Mobile Technology News:
Exclusive: Zune Tattoo Guy Sounds Off on New Players
Discussion: CrunchGear
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wireless: What the new Zunes will and won't do
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch to Sell to CNET for $100+ Million?  —  Analyst Doug McIntyre at 24/7 Wall St doesn't have specific thoughts on the valuation, but he makes a persuasive case about why TechCrunch and other big blogs will eventually be bought for big numbers by big media.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Wow.  We're worth $100 million!  —  Not a day after I trash Henry Blodget for touting Google stock at $2,000 a share he write a post titled "TechCrunch to Sell to CNET for $100+ Million?"  —  So first of all I owe Blodget a big apology.  The guy is bright, insightful and dead on with his valuation predictions.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Reality check: CNET and TechCrunch  —  Pardon the interruption in our regular programming for some inside techland.  Henry Blodget is suggesting that CNET could acquire my friend Mike Arrington's TechCrunch sites for $100 million on the heels of analyst Douglas McIntyre's post explaining …
Discussion: John Furrier
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Amazon's Dynamo  —  In two weeks we'll present a paper on the Dynamo technology at SOSP, the prestigious biannual Operating Systems conference.  Dynamo is internal technology developed at Amazon to address the need for an incrementally scalable, highly-available key-value storage system.
Nick / Rough Type:
Inside Amazon's dynamo
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly considering Intel platform for iPhone  —  Apple reportedly is considering adopting Intel's Moorestown MID (mobile Internet device) platform processor in a new iPhone, according to OEM sources.  —  Intel revealed a Moorestown-based MID product with functions similar …
Kevin Anderson / Guardian Unlimited:
You only think you own your music, you thief
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Netvibes Launches Corporate Startpages - Will Companies Go For It?  —  Netvibes, the French startpage near the top of the startpage market, is launching a new service this morning called Netvibes Premium Universes.  The service allows companies to offer Netvibes functionality (reading feeds …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon unveils iPhone rival  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless unveiled three new cell phones on Wednesday for the holiday season, including a high-end handset named Voyager that will compete with Apple Inc's iPhone.  —  The Voyager, made by LG Electronics, trumps the iPhone by offering faster wireless Web access.
Rachel Konrad / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Fake Jobs plans real publicity tour  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The "Fake Steve Jobs" blogger who jealously guarded his anonymity for nearly a year will soon embark on a publicity tour to tout his forthcoming book.  —  Forbes magazine editor Dan Lyons had intended to publish "oPtion$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs" under a pseudonym.
Anne Broache / CNET
NBC chief urges all-hands assault on piracy  —  WASHINGTON—Copyright holders are "losing the battle" against piracy, at the expense of economic security and public health, and will never prevail unless a wide swath of governments and industries gets proactive, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker said Wednesday.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Voyager heads up newly official fall lineup