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12:10 PM ET, September 12, 2006

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Microsoft:
Windows Live Services Reach Key Milestones  —  Live Search, Live.com 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 Live.com in 47 markets worldwide, and final availability …
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Windows Live Local:
New Live Local Features launch
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft to unveil new search engine
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Microsoft Live Search Test Drive
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 …
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Tom Krazit / ZDNet:
Apple taking iTunes to the movies?
Discussion: TechSpot
Gizmodo:
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?
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Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple's agenda for the media event?  —  Ok, it's time for some last-minute rumor mongering.  A little birdie just flew into TUAW headquarters (a little birdie who wishes to remain anonymous) and told us the following.  Remember, this is all rumor, folks, but it sounds like it could be legit to us.
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: TechBlog and Colin's Corner
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Leon Lazaroff / Bloomberg:
William Ziff, Who Built Ziff-Davis Empire, Dead at 76 (Update2)
Discussion: Between the Lines
Samsung:
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 …
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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.
Jeffrey L. Wilson / laptopmag.com:
Panasonic Announces Three New Toughbooks  —  The CF-W5, CF-T5, and CF-Y5 offer durability and high-speed connectivity in lightweight packages.  —  Today, Panasonic added three new business-rugged notebooks to their Toughbook laptop line: the CF-W5, the CF-T5, and CF-Y5.
Discussion: Engadget, Alpha.CNET.com and Gizmodo
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
VON-Rumors to Reality News and No Hype  —  Yesterday Yahoo and Vapps confirmed their doing the conference thing at VON.  Yahoo also had a dinner which I skipped in favor of a dinner that I organized around wine and food for friends, colleagues and some online writing pals.
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 Facebook.com 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 …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Goes for Bigger Pond
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
Patricia Dunn to Remain HP Chairman Through January 2007 Board Meeting  —  Board Appoints Mark Hurd As Successor  —  HP (NYSE:HPQ - News; Nasdaq:HPQ - News) today announced that Patricia Dunn will remain as chairman through the company's Jan. 18, 2007, board meeting.
Discussion: Techdirt and Paul Kedrosky's …
rightmedia.com:
Right Media Launches Publisher Media Exchange (PMX) Auction-Based Media Management Solution for Online Publishers  —  Right Media (www.rightmedia.com), creator of the Right Media Exchange, today launched a new solution for large online publishers to create their own white label media exchange …
Gizmodo:
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
Colin Gibbs / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel begins to wade into mobile marketing waters  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is expected to become the first Tier 1 carrier to officially step onto the mobile marketing playground this week, tapping Enpocket in an effort to generate revenues by delivering advertising messages through its wireless Web service.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Latest AOL giveaway — insurance  —  Subscribers will get free coverage for identity theft, PC damage  —  NEW YORK — Free insurance coverage for identity theft and computer damage is among the premium security offerings AOL is making available to its dwindling base of paying subscribers.
Discussion: Techdirt
ThePCSpy.com 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: Download Squad, Lifehacker and digg
 
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Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skypenomics at VON?  —  I've been looking through the VON …
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MySpace: The Business of Spam 2.0 (Exhaustive Edition)
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
House Panel and U.S. Attorney Join H.P. Inquiry
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Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Game Makers Court 'Casual' Players With Shorter, Less Lethal Fare
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Cheatsheet: What is pretexting?  —  This week's tech news is all about …
Discussion: Biz Bytes
 Earlier Items: 
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Hello from SAP's unplanned, but cool, community conference
Discussion: AccMan and Ryan Stewart
Fred Bierman / New York Times:
Are You Breaking Up? A Cellphone Original Comedy Is Calling
Discussion: IP Democracy