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11:30 AM ET, September 16, 2008

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Microsoft:
Zune Brings Powerful New Entertainment Features to Every Zune Portable Media Player With Software Release  —  Internet access provider Wayport enables wireless music downloads for Zune customers in Wi-Fi hot spots at more than 9,800 McDonald's restaurants.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end …
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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 …
Dell:
Dell Sees Further Softening in Global Information Technology Demand  —  When Dell 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.
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Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Dell sees ‘softening’ in IT demand
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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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDb  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally done what many have been asking it since the time the company bought IMDB: it has enabled video on the film and TV database/info site.  The company says users can now watch 6,000 full-length feature films …
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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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
DECE - Lipstick on the DRM pig  —  Over the past few hours there's been a lot of chatter about the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) consortium that everyone is a member of, except Apple.  Is DECE a genuine move to make digital content easier to handle for the end user …
Discussion: Today @ PC World, Gizmodo and GMSV
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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update
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
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.
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Maps announces Quality Guidelines & Reinclusion Option  —  Today Google Maps has introduced quality guidelines for business listings in the Google Maps.  Google has also now provided a reinclusion option.  Both are available via the Google Maps Help Center.
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
MICROSOFT AND CRAY TEAM UP TO BRING HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING MAINSTREAM  —  For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of what each company does best - - the Cray CX1!  What is the CX1, you ask?
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
We Should Be More Worried About Our ISPs Than Google When It Comes To Abuse  —  With the government gearing up to potentially go after Google for antitrust violations, we're seeing all sorts of press coverage of stories about how Google may be abusing its position, from supposedly hurting companies …
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.”
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Audio Indexing Gets Labs Page  —  GAudi is short for Google Audio Indexing, and it's the latest experiment to be added to the Google Labs.  This service lets you do a text search for spoken words in videos of YouTube's US politicians channels.  The functionality was previously already available as part of an iGoogle gadget.
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Backblaze makes it dead simple to backup your files online  —  Whenever I try to backup my computer files online, I get tripped up somehow.  It's inexplicably complicated, with most products unable to backup all my files simply — and to keep on doing that over time.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Warner Music Group:
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HP surprises Wall Street with size of EDS job cuts
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Steven Snell / Smashing Magazine:
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Sony Ericsson Xperia phones may not use Windows
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Big Blue claims virtualization breakthrough
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Twilight of the GPU: an epic interview with Tim Sweeney
Discussion: Blue's News and Slashdot
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
AT&T to link iPhone to U-verse video, Internet
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