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9:45 AM ET, October 1, 2008

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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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft tries to lure more searchers with another giveaway  —  If you can't beat 'em, pay 'em off.  —  That seems to be the Microsoft Live Search team's motto these days.  On October 1, Microsoft rolled out another search-rewards program, designed to get more searchers to try its distant No. 3 search engine, Live Search.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:   Live Search Perks - more rewards for using Live Search
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches SearchPerks; Like Credit Card Rewards, Except for Search
Discussion: Techland
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?
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Why Palm needs Android  —  The new Treo Pro runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile - but Palm may get even more mileage out of embracing Google's Android for future phones.  Image: Palm  —  Unless you're Google, these look like rough times to launch a mobile operating system.  —  That puts Palm (PALM) in an awkward position.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Windows Mobile licensing fees to remain intact  —  Microsoft plans to continue charging handset makers licensing fees for use of its Windows Mobile operating system, not responding to the free offerings of Google and Nokia, Reuters reports.  —  Microsoft charges $8 to $15 per phone …
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 …
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: Hardware 2.0 and The Register
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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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Oracle buys maker of 3D retail software  —  Oracle is adding to its retail software lineup by acquiring Advanced Visual Technology, a maker of 3D space planning software for retailers.  —  AVT, based in Hertfordshire, England, sells a product called Retail Focus, which lets retailers plan store floors and shelf space.
Discussion: All Points Blog
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Studios Sue to Bar a DVD Copying Program  —  Six major movie studios sued RealNetworks, the Seattle-based digital media company, on Tuesday over its new $30 software program that allows people to make digital copies of their DVDs.  —  As the opening warning on every DVD indicates, Hollywood has bitterly opposed such copying.
Discussion: Reuters, DailyTech, Gizmodo and CinemaTech
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.
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.
Discussion: Inquirer, Ars Technica, Feeds and AppScout
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Tim Westergren / Pandora:
WEBCASTING BILL PASSED !!
Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Magazine:
XOHM WiMAX In Baltimore: Speed Tests With XOHM ExpressCard  —  We went to Baltimore today to check out America's first fully-functional XOHM city for ourselves.  Earlier today, we had a hands-on experience with XOHM using a Nokia N810 WiMAX tablet.  Since then, we've gone out and purchased …
Discussion: DSLreports, Gearlog, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold training on AT&T cancelled due to launch delays  —  For realz, y'all.  October 2nd was about as concrete as we were going to get, but the powers that be (RIM's lack of focus on the OS) have interjected.  We've been working on this story over the past couple days …
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
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 …
 
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