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10:05 AM ET, September 12, 2006


 Top Items: 
Windows Live Services Reach Key Milestones  —  Live Search, and Live Local Search released from beta; Live Search to power search on MSN.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the release from beta of Live Search and of in 47 markets worldwide, and final availability …
Erica Ogg / CNET
Windows Live Search ready to go live  —  Windows Live Search is expected to go live Monday night after less than a year in beta mode.  —  Microsoft said its new online search portal will feature an improved user interface that fetches more accurate Web search results.
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft to unveil new search engine  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. plans Tuesday to officially launch its updated and renamed Internet search engine, the latest step in a massive effort to make headway against market leaders Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) and Google Inc.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
MSN Search's WebLog:
Live Search is Live  —  The best day to work on a large scale service like Live Search is the day when you launch new improvements.  By that measure, today is one of the best days our team has had in a long time J .  —  Some folks have had a sneak peak, but for the most part we've kept …
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Microsoft Live Search Test Drive  —  After reading that Live Search is Live I decided to go kick the tires a bit.  This is by no means a thorough test—it's more of a drive by. :-)  —  I performed a few common and not so common queries on each of the search vertical which have tabs: web, images, news, local, and QnA.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: leaving beta, replacing MSN search
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Movie Downloads, Coming Soon to An IPod Near You  —  It is not a stretch to say that the iPod changed, and helped save, the music business.  One in five Americans has owned one of Apple Computer Inc.'s sleek little iPods.  Consumers have filled their iPods with more than 1 billion songs …
Tom Krazit / ZDNet:
Apple taking iTunes to the movies?  —  When Apple raises the curtain on Tuesday's "special event," it will likely signal its deepest push yet into the living rooms of both Mac and PC users, according to a vast cadre of Apple watchers.  —  If the analysts and enthusiasts are on target …
Discussion: TechSpot
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Open Facebook  —  They'll let anyone in to Facebook these days.  —  Once the exclusive online stomping grounds of college students, social networking site is throwing open the doors to rest of the world.  The site is slated to announce in coming weeks that anyone can gain access to the site …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Goes for Bigger Pond
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook to Allow Open Registrations
New York Times:
William B. Ziff Jr., 76, Builder of Magazine Empire, Dies  —  William B. Ziff Jr., a publishing executive who made publications like Car and Driver and PC Magazine must reading among hobbyists and computer enthusiasts, died Saturday at his home in Pawling, N.Y. He was 76.
Discussion: Colin's Corner
Leon Lazaroff / Bloomberg:
William Ziff, Who Built Ziff-Davis Empire, Dead at 76 (Update2)
Discussion: Between the Lines
Apple Showtime: The Entire Event Leaked?  —  Alright, its late, I'm playing with the Camera that Sean Captain lent me for Apple Showtime tomorrow.  And then this lands in my inbox: … Jump to read the rest...  iTunes movies?  Nano?  Tubeport?  Video iPod?
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
"Atlas" 1.0 Naming and Roadmap  —  Over the last year we've been working hard on "Atlas".  It has evolved, changed, and grown because of the amazing amount of feedback and early adoption that we've seen.  We've had an unbelievable amount of interest and excitement around the product, with more than 250,000 downloads this year alone.
Dave Zatz / Engadget:
Hands-on with the TiVo Series3!  —  The world's first THX-certified, dual CableCARD DVR has finally arrived in the form of TiVo's Series3.  It doesn't come cheap with a price tag of $799 (don't forget service!), but it's a fine cable company DVR replacement if your budget allows it.
Who Needs a PSP When You Have A PalmPS2?  —  From the maker of the PalmPSOne comes the PalmPS2, a hand-held version of Sony's last, greatest console.  The PPS2 takes all the innards of a regular PS2 and mounts it into a "slim" case with a DVD drive an an LCD.
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and PSP Fanboy
SAMSUNG Introduces the Next Generation of Nonvolatile Memory - PRAM  —  Seoul , Korea - September 11, 2006 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced that it has completed the first working prototype of what is expected … General Feed:
What Slows Windows Down?  —  Introduction  —  Any computer user that's owned and installed software onto their computer knows that the more you install, the slower the beast runs.  Most also know that it's not just quantity and that what you install plays a large factor in how slowly your computer runs.
Discussion: Lifehacker, Download Squad and digg
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
SITE NEWS: SEARCHMOB IS LIVE!  —  Remember when I asked you all what you thought about the idea of turning over the reins and letting you post technology, search and media-related stories to Searchblog?  Inspired by Piers Fawkes, an FM author, who used Pligg to do Marktd …
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
House Panel and U.S. Attorney Join H.P. Inquiry
Discussion: IR Daily and
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
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Cheatsheet: What is pretexting?  —  This week's tech news is all about …
Discussion: Digital Rules
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Oh geez, we didn't sell any of those exploding laptops to the SEC, did we?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Loopt to make mobile presence usable
Discussion: Paul Graham and Screenwerk
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Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference
Discussion: AccMan and Ryan Stewart
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: IP Democracy
Google's Coke Habit: Exclusive photos of Pepsi-less Googleplex fridges …
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
The Winners Are...  Computer systems are notoriously finicky.
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Intel's Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield: Four Cores on a Rampage
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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