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12:25 PM ET, September 16, 2008


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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Zune Owners Get Free Wi-Fi at McDonald's  —  Microsoft signs three-year deal with Wayport for old and new Zune owners alike: This is a nice win for Zune users, Wayport, and McDonald's, each in their own way, and it's something Microsoft can simply write off as useful marketing …
The Official Google Blog:
The future of online video  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chad Hurley On The Future Of YouTube: We Will Conquer Every Screen  —  YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley wrote a post this morning about the future of online video and YouTube specifically.  Hurley reveals that currently 13 hours worth of videos are uploaded every minute to YouTube.
Discussion: WebProNews
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Porn passed over as Web users become social: author  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.  —  Bill Tancer, a self-described …
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Google-Based Phone Nears  —  T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the first smart phone powered by Google Inc.'s new mobile software late next month, according to people familiar with the matter, facing off against Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry with a device that blends aspects of both.
Business Wire:
Dell Sees Further Softening in Global Information Technology Demand  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—When Dell (NASDAQ:DELL - News) announced Q2 financial results on Aug. 28, 2008, it reported continued conservatism in IT spending in the U.S., which had extended into Western Europe and several countries in Asia.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google audio search graduates to lab project  —  Google has elevated the profile of its attempt to make videos searchable through speech recognition technology, a move that portends a potentially more financially successful YouTube division.  —  The speech recognition technology was used …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Audio Indexing
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and AppScout
Blaise Alleyne / Techdirt:
Is Firefox Missing The Point In Its Response To Google Chrome?  —  Seth Godin thinks Firefox is missing the point by launching new features in response to Google Chrome.  He says the problem now is that “when your friends switch to Firefox, your life doesn't get better.”
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Siobhan Chapman / Computerworld:
Lehman Brothers invested in IT despite credit crunch  —  It spent $309M on technology and communications in the past quarter  —  Computerworld UK) Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. was boosting its investment in IT even as it headed toward bankruptcy.  —  In the quarter ended Aug. 31 …
Discussion: Open Sources
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flixwagon Offers White Label Mobile Video Broadcasting  —  Last week in California, one of the most popular discussions I engaged in was comparing mobile video broadcasting services Flixwagon and Qik.  In my opinion, Qik appears to be going for the consumer market while Flixwagon is going after media and entertainment.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beet.TV
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple's Capricious Rules for iPhone Apps  —  Alex Sokirynsky spent two months, working nights and weekends to write an application for the Apple iPhone called Podcaster, which allows people to listen to and watch Podcasts on their phones.  —  He was encouraged because he had written …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Drudge Report: News Site That Sends Readers Away With Links Has Highest Engagement  —  There are two main reasons why news sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content.  First, you shouldn't send people away or else they won't come back to your site.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Digital music - who can beat iTunes?  —  Every day seems to bring a new announcement from the world of digital music.  Yesterday it was the ailing Napster subscription service being bought by Best Buy (sorry, too much alliteration).  —  Today it's the UK's 7digital trumpeting deals …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Bill Hambrecht, Legendary Silicon Valley Banker  —  Last night I watched with morbid fascination as a group of talking heads on CNBC discussed the fall (and subsequent bankruptcy) of Lehman Brothers, the 158-year-old firm that survived the Great Depression, two world wars …
Discussion: metarand
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Nintendo makes more profit per employee than Goldman  —  The programmers of Super Mario Galaxy will generate more profit this year than the average Goldman Sachs banker has ever managed.  —  According to calculations by the Financial Times, the average employee at Japanese video games maker Nintendo …
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Matthew Sparkes / PC Pro:
Android handset hits London
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Engadget
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Magnify MVP merges self-uploaded video with the best of the web
Discussion: The Inquisitr
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google to World Association of Newspapers: Sure Your Acronym's Not ‘WAAAGH!’
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Maps announces Quality Guidelines & Reinclusion Option
Warcraft add-on gets release date
Mr. Jose L. Aguilar / Access To Medicines Project:
Secret Counterfeiting Treaty Public Must be Made Public, Global Organizations Say
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
HP surprises Wall Street with size of EDS job cuts
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Huffman / The Official Google Blog:
Search evaluation at Google
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook shipments begin ahead of ‘sharp ramp’
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
We Should Be More Worried About Our ISPs Than Google When It Comes To Abuse
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Backblaze makes it dead simple to backup your files online
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
DECE - Lipstick on the DRM pig
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Researcher Conjures Warcraft Terror Plot
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Twilight of the GPU: an epic interview with Tim Sweeney
Discussion: Blue's News, Slashdot and Digg
Rafat Ali /
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDb