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8:10 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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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
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 …
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Preps Postini For Business World  —  As enamored as the tech world can be with the business to consumer relationships of Web 2.0 applications, Google understands what companies like Microsoft and IBM do - the real money is in business to business relationships.
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWEEK.com
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google boosts corporate e-mail service  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is sprucing up its corporate e-mail service by adding new security tools and more than doubling the storage capacity of e-mailboxes, underscoring the online search leader's ambition to enlarge its role in the business software market.
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.
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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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google to $2,000 a Share?*
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Bradley Steinbacher / Slog:
Anatomy of a Blog Rumor  —  Yesterday, Jacob Metcalf of the website 8bitjoystick (and occasional Stranger contributor) posted that Bungie, creators of the insanely popular Halo series, is parting ways with its parent company Microsoft.  Citing a friend of a friend who was in the know …
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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.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and CrunchNotes
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.
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Microsoft as Media King?  —  The software giant sees its future in advertising and mobile and is taking the message to Europe—and to Google and Yahoo!  —  Most people still see Microsoft primarily as a software company, but on Oct. 2 at a media event in Paris, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer painted …
Discussion: gapingvoid and Clickety Clack
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 …
 
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The Jeff Pulver Blog:
I come to Praise Skype, not to Bury Them.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Voyager heads up newly official fall lineup
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget Mobile
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Managing both local and global audiences
news.uns.purdue.edu:
Nanotube forests grown on silicon chips for future computers, electronics
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and rb.trends
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
HTC Touch Dual Video Demo
Discussion: IntoMobile, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
Sidekick LX OS Walkthrough
Discussion: Gizmodo and IntoMobile
Nancy Vogel / Los Angeles Times:
State Internet services shut down over hacker intrusion
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Brain drain  —  As if the mainstream media didn't have enough …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Take me out to the ballgame, then watermark it
Times of London:
Apple sued for $1m over $200 iPhone discount
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
New Episodes of Fox's House Won't Be on iTunes
Discussion: MacUser, NewTeeVee, Mashable! and Digg
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Fmail Brings Gmail to your Facebook
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo's Revival Meeting
Brad Stone / Bits:
Bubblewatch: The Industry Standard Is Coming Back
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Increase Ad Business
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Widget That Actually Makes Money
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

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Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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