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10:40 PM ET, August 17, 2006

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David Pogue / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Picture - Zune In The Wild!  —  Thanks to our awesome tipsters, we scored this exclusive picture of the Microsoft Zune.  Yes, it looks almost exactly like the images we've shown you before on Gizmodo.  The player also comes with a pair of magnetic headphones …
Discussion: Gadgetell and PalmAddicts
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Zune interface, features detailed  —  If you've been wondering how the Zune's user interface will compare with the iPod's, we have some real answers for you this morning: the similarities are significant, but Microsoft has made a number of changes that range from cool to not so cool.
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details  —  After lots of quality time groping the Zune like blind man on his wedding night, our people give us the lowdown on the player's functionality.  Get the scoop after the jump!  —  First off, that scroll wheel you see?  That's not a wheel.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The skinny on desktop Linux pros, cons and adoption  —  There are all sorts of stories whirling around the Internet regarding the pros and cons of desktop Linux as well as its chances of adoption (or track record so far) that I thought I'd try to connect the dots to form a more coherent picture (well, perhaps a confusing picture).
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ongoing:
Back to the Mac  —  It took nearly two weeks to get the PowerBook fixed, but for now I'm a Macboy again.  On balance, the Mac experience is better.  But Ubuntu is not that far behind, and it's catching up.  I'm thinking about the endgame.  —  Where OS X Wins
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Linux' achilles heel: fonts
Discussion: StrayPackets
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Open source guru advocates ideological shift
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Caterina / Caterina.net:
BizDev 2.0  —  When another blogger notices something you said, and points out its blogworthiness, the temptation is strong to scoop them.  And so I'm scooping Fred, who contacted me about a small startup that wanted an introduction, but I said we (that is, Flickr) probably didn't have the space …
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Fred / A VC:
Business Development 2.0  —  It used to be that web companies needed to hire one or more smart networkers and set them loose on all the other web companies in search of deals that bring traffic, users, additional functionality, revenue, and a host of other good things.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Will Cable Have to Spend Big to Compete with Verizon?  —  The Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant got a hold of a leaked CableLabs report and the result is a page one article that no doubt has cable chieftains sputtering with rage this morning.  The industry's R&D arm prepared a paper …
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Pradeep Sethi
Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator  —  German phone maker Road has announced its answer to Nokia's Communicator.  Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI.  It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too.
Dharmesh Shah / OnStartups.com:
Hindsight 2.0: Lessons From A Failed Web 2.0 Startup  —  Certain circles are buzzing with the news that Kiko is on sale on eBay.  I first heard the news last week, but it wasn't public until today so I didn't want to write about it.  —  For those that don't know who/what Kiko was …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Roundup: The VC Carwash, Popsugar, Khosla's latest, Facebook opens, Decentral.TV, Blotter  —  Siteler Wash, a high-end car wash start-up, get's $1.5 million — Dave Whorton, a former protege of Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr, and partner at TPG Ventures, is now at his own firm Tugboat Ventures …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Create an API for any site with Dapper
Discussion: David Galbraith
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boeing Boeing .... Gone  —  Is it a case of don't trust the early adopters?  Boeing's Connexion "broadband in the sky" service received rave reviews from most of the early adopters who wrote long paeans about the service, and how they could Skype and work in the sky.  —  The mass market thought otherwise.
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Viral Marketing: Gaming Hardware?  —  Another day, another sad attempt by Microsoft for a viral marketing campaigh.  Yeah, that I Love Bees campaign worked really well for them, but since then they have a new gig every damn week.  This one can be found at www.notfornoobs.com.
Zack / SnapStream Blog:
Project Hoover: Suck up every TV show in the new fall season, be your own TV critic  —  Each fall, the avid television watcher faces the daunting task of sorting through all of the new shows to decide what to watch.  The traditional method would be to trust a reviewer to suggest a few new shows …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims  —  Apple has denied claims that the company is getting ready to offer a wireless iPod - an unusual move for a firm that usually refuses to comment on unannounced products.  —  According to a report at DigiTimes, Apple Taiwan dismissed the claims of …
Jen / The Writely Blog:
Writely registration is now open!  —  This week, we have finished inviting everyone who's been patiently on the waiting list, and have reopened registration to the public.  If you haven't already, now is the time to sign up for the Writely beta!  —  Why have we reopened now?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HelloWorld to take on YouTube?  Nope says "BlinkTest"  —  When people send me stuff I give it the "BlinkTest."  Named after Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" book.  —  What is my impression after the first 10 seconds?  Especially in comparison to something I already know about.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Jenstar / JenSense:
Third party downloads triggered by viewing Google AdSense  —  Several days ago, reports starting coming through about people being prompted to download third party applications on pages containing AdSense, prompting publishers to receive complaints from site visitors about the warnings of applications trying to auto-install.
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Wireless Works Wonders in Tibet  —  DHARAMSALA, India — Across the border from Chinese-occupied Tibet, the tech infrastructure in this high mountain village is a mess.  —  But a former Silicon Valley dot-commer and members of the underground security group Cult of the Dead Cow are working …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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 Earlier Items: 
David Pogue / New York Times:
Old Records Go In, CD's Come Out
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Apple retains huge lead in music player market
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
AOL Search Queries Open Window Onto Users' Worlds
Discussion: Valleywag
CRN Australia:
Red Hat a no-show at LinuxWorld
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Jeffrey Selingo / New York Times:
Back to School, With Cellphone and Laptop
BBC:
YouTube aims to show music videos