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2:40 PM ET, October 3, 2007

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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.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
'Zune' Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor
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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TechCrunch And Huffington: Who Will Buy The Big Blogs?  —  The name brand blogs.  The big ones.  Huffington.  TechCrunch.  GigaOm.  Boing Boing.  Ars Technica.  SeekingAlpha.  —  AOL has already bought Weblogsinc.  It owns popular blogs including flagship Engadget.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
CNET to buy TechCrunch — why not?
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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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Takes Another Step Towards The Web OS With Dynamo
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 …
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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.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Preps Postini For Business World
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google beefing up Google Apps
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
It's a Database.  It's a Spreadsheet.  It's Zoho DB.  —  Zoho is adding another weapon to its arsenal today - Zoho DB - raising its total number of online office applications to 13 (not including four additional "utilities", or lightweight apps).  —  Zoho DB is meant to provide developers …
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Introducing Zoho Database & Reports
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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.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Palm admits new OS 18 months away  —  Palm CEO Ed Colligan has confirmed the new Palm OS won't be finished until the end of 2008.  Originally scheduled for release by the end of this year, the operating system's launch date has continued to be pushed back, despite the added attention …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Voyager heads up newly official fall lineup  —  Verizon isn't kidding around this fall, with four new fashionable phones, a couple of which might divert a few iPhone dollars from archrival AT&T. It's those exact four that Engadget Mobile got the scoop on last weekend, the Juke, Pearl, Venus and Voyager.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft posts more Vista pre-SP1 'wonder patches'  —  Whilst Service Pack 1 is still expected to be the major update to Windows Vista fixing the widespread bugs and issues, at the same time Microsoft is not holding back on these reliability updates I'd like to call 'wonder patches' which seems …
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Antonio Regalado / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cuts Ads From Orkut Service  —  Facing complaints in Brazil about offensive content, Google Inc. in August removed ads from its social-networking service called Orkut.  —  Google said advertising appeared on only 1% of Orkut pages and represented a "test" of online marketing …
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HTC Shift video - UK launch hands-on  —  The Shift is a fantastic bit of design work.  Its got the optimal form factor for both keyboard and slate working, its got powerful enough hardware to run most applications, a bright screen, built in 3G and a price that is very competitive indeed.
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 …
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Releasing the Source Code for the .NET Framework Libraries  —  One of the things my team has been working to enable has been the ability for .NET developers to download and browse the source code of the .NET Framework libraries, and to easily enable debugging support in them.
 
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Bigger, better photos of the Vii, the cheaper, crappier Wii
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USA Today:
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Nick / Rough Type:
The BlackBerry vine  —  James Governor wrote something …
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AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Sued Over Competitive Bidding Patent
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