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9:10 AM ET, October 1, 2008

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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
StumbleUpon 2.0: Good-bye, software toolbar  —  On Tuesday night StumbleUpon is changing the way users interact with the service, ditching the need for a software-based browser toolbar in place of a small frame that loads on top of the Web site you're on.  Users with the toolbar installed …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
StumbleUpon tears down the plug-in wall, lets in the masses
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Inquisitr
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Will StumbleUpon's New Web Look and Feel Give It Web Wings?
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Apple's digital music showdown  —  A ruling this week could force online music sellers to pay publishers more money - as an Apple threat to close iTunes looms.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — For five years, Apple's iTunes Music Store has been the Internet's most successful music store.
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Apple threatens to shut down the iTunes Store over royalty rate increase
Discussion: The Register
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Would Apple really shutter iTunes? Unlikely
Discussion: Guardian
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft still paying people to search  —  Microsoft's latest effort to get people to use its search service is something called SearchPerks, which gives people points for using the search engine that can later be redeemed for prizes.  —  Users who agree to download a small program to track …
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search Perks - more rewards for using Live Search  —  It all started with Live Search Club, the somewhat maligned program to reward users for playing games using Live Search (and somewhat skewing search share counts, causing a bit of a scramble by Compete.com and others).
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches SearchPerks; Like Credit Card Rewards, Except for Search
Discussion: Techland
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Skype 4.0 beta 2 gives you more say  —  Skype 4.0 beta 2 (download when available) has done a lot of growing since the first beta for Windows rolled out this past June.  While that release showed some success reorganizing Skype's services, we predicted that folks would protest the gawky layout.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Skype 4.0 beta 2  —  This evening Skype has Tomorrow Skype will release the second beta of Skype 4.0.  Skype 4.0 is an ambitious attempt by the company to redesign the Skype UI to better expose the features of Skype to end users, and to reduce confusion around how to use those features.
John / What They Play:
New Wii due by 2011  —  What They Play has heard from multiple sources in the game development and publishing community that Nintendo is currently showing early presentations of its next home console hardware.  Apparently set to hit the market “by 2011” the new device is said to be the true …
Reuters:
Nasdaq probing possibly “erroneous” Google trades  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The operator of the Nasdaq Stock Market said it was investigating “potentially erroneous transactions” involving shares of Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which appeared to plunge as low …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Try Google Search As It Was in 2001  —  In honor of their tenth birthday*, Google brought back their search engine the way it was many years ago, in January 2001.  Below an old-school Google logo (in 2001 they were actually already using a newer one) the input box invites you to search through “1,326,920,000 web pages”.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Bezos, Benioff invest in appointment-booker ZocDoc  —  There are some big new names backing ZocDoc, a start-up that lets you book doctor's appointments online (currently just in New York).  Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has contributed an undisclosed amount to the company, as has Bezos Expeditions …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix API Launches Tomorrow - Here's What it Will and Won't Include  —  The much-awaited Application Programming Interface (API) for movie site Netflix will launch tomorrow, according to an email from the company.  As HackingNetflix found out last week, the launch event will occur at the AJAX Experience conference.
Patrick Foster / Times of London:
ITV plots future in which there is no escape from ads  —  Television viewers who like to fast-forward through advertising breaks may want to look away now.  ITV is developing a new form of unavoidable advertisement that can be embedded in television programmes.
Discussion: The Register
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pandora, Webcasting see victory in Senate  —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday afternoon passed the Webcaster Settlement Act, the legislation that lays the groundwork for Web radio stations to negotiate reduced royalty rates for the songs they stream over the Web.
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Tim Westergren / Pandora:
WEBCASTING BILL PASSED !!
Luke Dittrich / Esquire:
The Google Diaspora  —  The next big idea to come out of Google may not come out of Google.  Luke Dittrich looks as the computer giant's offspring.  —  “Regroup (The Google Diaspora)” by R. Justin Stewart; fleece, rope, paint, PVC cap, hose barb, metal hardware; 8 1/2' X 21' X 13'; commissioned for Esquire, June 2008.
Gene Marks / Business Week:
Again!  Tech That Doesn't Work Won't Let Us Work  —  Companies that can't do things the old-fashioned way are out of luck when their business technology falters.  Need I say Palm?  Skype?  Word?  —  Yes, I am an angry guy.  —  I yell at other drivers.  I roll my eyes when I have to stand in line for more than two minutes.
Discussion: The Blog known …
Jens C Brynildsen / Flash Magazine:
FLASH FOR THE IPHONE CONFIRMED AT FOTB  —  At the Flash On The Beach (FOTB) conference in Brighton, Sr. Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems Paul Betlem, confirmed that Adobe is indeed developing a Flash Player for the iPhone.  However, Apple calls the shots as to when it'll be available.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Adobe Speaks of Flash Player for iPhone
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Microsoft to maintain licensing fees for Windows Mobile  —  Microsoft plans to continue charging licensing fees from handset makers for Windows Mobile operating system and not follow the free offerings of Google and Nokia, reports Reuters.  —  Microsoft charges $8 to $15 per phone …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Toxic Mac Pro's emitting benzene?  —  Mac Pro owners, listen up.  —  A french newspaper Liberation.fr has published a report (English translation) stating that Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer.
 
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Woz words  —  The co-founder of one of the world's iconic …
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