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Scott M. Fulton, III / Tom's Hardware Guide:
HD DVD support a last minute switch, Microsoft says  —  Redmond (WA) - In an exclusive interview with Tom's Hardware Guide, one of Microsoft's lead representatives on the DVD Forum Steering Committee said that decisions regarding whether his company and Intel would back and promote HD DVD …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What's Google learning from their Wifi network?  —  Motley Fool: Why I Fear Google WiFi.  —  I fear Google's WiFi for a whole nother reason: I fear they are using their Wifi to build a better search engine.  —  Here's what I'm thinking.  You know TV networks?  How do they know a TV show's rating?
Discussion: ben barren, IP Democracy and OpsanBlog
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google expected to build campus at NASA Ames 1 million-square-foot complex envisioned as heart of Valley  —  Google Inc. is expected to announce plans today to build a 1 million-square-foot campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, sources familiar with the plan said Tuesday.
Evesham Voyager C720 with 7800 GTX Go  —  It's roughly a year since NVIDIA launched their GeForce Go 6800 Ultra GPU for notebooks.  Over the course of the last year, notebooks have transitioned quickly from being a poor second fiddle for gaming, to some of the most desirable gaming rigs around.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Wikibooks takes on textbook industry  —  If you found yourself needing an old biology textbook and couldn't locate your battered copy from college, you'd have a few options.  —  You could go to a university bookstore and snag a used copy; you could drop a few dollars on a new one at …
Edward W. Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
The Pizzaright Principle  —  Lately, lots of bogus arguments for copyright expansion have been floating around.  A handy detector for bogus arguments is the Pizzaright Principle.  —  Pizzaright — the exclusive right to sell pizza — is a new kind of intellectual property right.
Discussion: Techdirt
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Music service to target at-home high-end listeners  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - MusicGiants Inc. will launch a new music download service on Wednesday hoping to stand out from the crowded digital audio market by appealing to high-end at-home listeners, the company said.  —  "We're highly focused on home audio.
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Updated Mac minis arriving, details revealed [updated]  —  September 27, 2005 - One week after Think Secret first brought word of pending Mac mini revision, the new models have started arriving.  —  One source reported receiving a 1.5GHz Mac mini Tuesday, although the box still featured the old 1.42GHz label.
Discussion: MacInTouch, Gizmodo, and MacSlash
Gregory M. Lamb / Christian Science Monitor:
We swim in an ocean of media  —  The media "ecosystem" surrounding Americans - not just TV, radio, and newspapers but also the Web, PDAs, MP3 players, cellphones, video games, and more - keeps getting more widespread, personal, and diverse.  —  The world is seeing "a Cambrian explosion" …
Discussion: and Get Real
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Did you say dogging or blogging?  Brits confused  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Proponents of the latest Web trends were warned on Tuesday that the rest of the world may not have a clue what they are talking about.  —  A survey of British taxi drivers, pub landlords and hairdressers …
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim and IT Facts
Michael Singer / ZDNet:
Five reasons for Palm's slide … When Palm ruled the handheld-computing market, few thought it would ever have to partner with Microsoft.  —  But a series of missteps, from manufacturing gaffes to strategic blunders, eventually made Palm's partnering with its longtime rival seem like a possibility …
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Yahoo! Testing New Branding Metrics for Search  —  As part of its effort to make search marketing more appealing to brand marketers and other traditional marketers, Yahoo! has begun offering its larger advertiser and agency partners more advanced tools for choosing keywords.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Verizon's Muddy TV Picture  —  A push by telcos into the territory ruled by cable operators may take a decade to break even.  Will investors lose patience?  —  From Long Island, N.Y., to the outskirts of Dallas, phone-service giant Verizon Communications (VZ ) is making deeper inroads into the TV market.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Employee and customer debate state of Windows Media Center  —  I learned a lot about the Media Center after Charlie Owen, who works on the Windows Media Center team, and Thomas Hawk, a blogger who writes a lot about digital media debate each other.  Thomas writes back here.  Charlie answers back here.
Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
Free the Cell Phone!  —  Last week, I was contacted by a small company that I'll call Unlocko.  Unlocko sells software that "unlocks" mobile phones so owners can select different cellular providers on the same handset.  The company had received a cease-and-desist letter from a large mobile phone provider, which I'll call CellPhoneCo.
Discussion: Techdirt

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