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NBC programs available for download on iTunes  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal and Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday said they would make several NBC-owned television shows, such as "The Office" and "Law & Order," available on the iTunes music store.
ESPN mulls Apple deal, eyes double digit growth
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Kanoodle Pays for Cookie Distribution  —  In a twist on the ad network concept, Kanoodle has launched a program that will pay publishers to distribute Kanoodle's targeting cookies, whether they show Kanoodle ads on their site or not.  —  The BrightAds Cookies program aims to increase …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Can there be another Google?  —  Internet search is reaching an important pivot point, where market leaders are rewarded by Wall Street, laggards are punished, and start-ups try to fill niches left empty by the major players.  —  Though the market has seen a few leaders come and go over the last decade …
Helena Spongenberg / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Group: Online content cannot remain free  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium — European publishers warned Tuesday that they cannot keep allowing Internet search engines such as Google Inc. to make money from their content.  —  "The new models of Google and others reverse the traditional permission-based copyright model …
C.K. Sample, Iii / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iTMS $1.99 price point shifting with new shows  —  In case you missed David's earlier post, there are some new shows on the iTMS, and along with them there would appear to be a bit more wiggle room with the pricing.  —  Conan O'Brien is expensive!  $27.94 for 6 episodes.
Jeremy Wright / Ensight:
Web 2.0 Companies NEED To Scale  —  I'm not sure when building a scaleable web app became optional.  But Feedster, Technorati, Delicious, Google Analytics (and numerous other Google apps of late), BlogPulse and many of the other "big apps" have "suddenly" been hit by scaleability issues.
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Let Your PC Do the Investing  —  As a stock-futures trader, George Pruitt used to spend the day hovering over his computer screen.  —  Now, he just stays within earshot.  When his computer identifies an attractive time to buy or sell, it emits a horn blast.
Games Digest / The Register:
Xbox 360 vs PS3  —  Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that's cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.  —  Blu-Ray and PS3, Xbox 360 and DVD - the real battleground for the next generation of consoles from Games Digest
Jenn Shreve / Wired News:
Fido's First Cell Phone  —  Lost dog?  As of next March, pet owners will be able to drop the photocopier and staple gun and pick up the phone instead.  That's when PetCell, the first cell phone for dogs, is due to hit pet-store shelves.  —  Hung off Fido's collar, the PetCell …
The Doc Searls Weblog:
The costs of asymmetry  —  In the shower this morning I was thinking about the unstarted businesses that can only thrive in online markets made possible by symmetrical broadband — markets we have never seen, because broadband to the home (and even to many businesses) has been provided in asymmetrical form from the beginning.
New York Times:
Virtual Stars Compete for Real Money  —  Fatal1ty and Vo0 stood on opposite sides of a darkened theater while an announcer boomed their introductions to an appreciative crowd.  Their faces magnified on giant overhead monitors, the two stared straight ahead while artificial smoke swirled around them.
Adam L. Penenberg / Slate:
The Right Price for Digital Music  —  Why 99 cents per song is too much, and too little.  —  In the early 1900s, jazz musicians refused to record phonograph records because they feared rivals would cop their best licks.  We can laugh at their shortsightedness, but it's reminiscent …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Two Alternative Local Search Services  —  Local search from the major players is steadily improving, but meanwhile, two smaller players are making impressive advances in providing search results from your own neighborhood.  —  Metrobot  —  Metrobot, a graphically-oriented service …
Damian Kulash Jr / New York Times:
Buy, Play, Trade, Repeat  —  THE record company Sony BMG recently got in trouble after attempting to stem piracy by encoding its CD's with software meant to limit how many copies can be made of the discs.  It turned out that the copy-protection software exposed consumers' computers to Internet viruses …
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