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7:15 PM ET, October 3, 2007

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
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
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Reveals .Net Source Code
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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 …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
PUBLIC TRANSIT ARRIVES (LATE) ON GOOGLE MAPS  —  Google Transit has been around since late last year, and as early as this February, public transit stops started to pop up on Google Maps, alongside other landmarks and locations, indicating the service was slowly moving into the mainstream.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Christoph Oehler / Google LatLong:
Google Transit Graduates from Labs
Discussion: Download Squad and webmapper
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Kevin Anderson / Guardian Unlimited:
You only think you own your music, you thief
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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.
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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.
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 …
New York Times:
The Verizon Warning  —  We have long been concerned about the potential threat to free speech and a free press as communications migrate from old-fashioned telephone lines, TV broadcasts and printing presses to digital networks controlled by unregulated private companies.
 
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Kindle Edition e-books appear on Amazon — reader launch imminent
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Live customer service going the way of the dodo bird
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