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4:20 PM ET, September 13, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
NBC and Its Stations Venture Into Online Video Market  —  Hoping to profit from the fragmented market for video on the Internet, NBC Universal has created a new company that will distribute video programming to various Internet sites.  —  The new venture, called the National Broadband Company …
Discussion: B2Day and IP Democracy
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Fred / A VC:
NBBC  —  Lost in all the craziness about iTunes 7, iPod, iTV, and the other Apple announcements yesterday was a pretty signficant announcement out of NBC that may just be a bigger deal in the long run.  —  I don't think iTunes is going to be my video interface of the future.
Mike Farrell / multichannel.com:
News Corp. May Launch YouTube Rival  —  News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin told investors at an industry conference Tuesday that the media giant was considering creating a video component to its MySpace social-networking Web site that could rival the wildly popular YouTube.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Open and shut  —  At the heart of the commerical internet is a conflict between technological structure and economic interest.  The net's technological structure, developed without regard to the possible profit-making interest of any future commercial site owner, is one of openness …
Discussion: Werblog
Google:
Google Introduces Featured Content for Google Earth  —  Pilot partners include United Nations Environmental Program, Discovery Networks, and National Park Service  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today released Featured Content for Google Earth, a new showcase of multimedia overlays in Google Earth …
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New York Times:
Well, It Turns Out That Lonelygirl Really Wasn't  —  A nearly four-month-old Internet drama in which the cryptic video musings of a fresh-faced teenager became the obsession of millions of devotees — themselves divided over the very authenticity of the videos, or who was behind them or why — appears to be in its final act.
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Los Angeles Times:
Lonelygirl15 Is Brainchild of 3 Filmmakers  —  It turns out the people behind the wildly popular website lonelygirl15 are not studio executives, Internet moguls or, as some suspected, Satanists.  Instead, they are aspiring filmmakers who met at a mutual friend's birthday party in April …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Valleywag
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
New UI Showdown: Apple vs. TiVo  —  Although movie downloads and the iTV set-top box are hugely significant for Apple, an announcement of similar import has been largely overlooked — the new navigation scheme in iTunes.  —  As Steve Jobs demonstrated Tuesday, users of iTunes 7 can now flip through …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Site Previously for Students Will Be Opened to Others  —  Facebook, the popular social networking Web site that has mainly focused on college students, is preparing to open its membership to everyone.  —  The move is meant to help the site expand, but it risks undercutting one of its attractions …
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider
Discussion: David Card and Slashdot
Traci / blogs.feedburner.com:
A Peek Inside TechCrunch's 100k Subscriber Milestone  —  Seems like just yesterday we welcomed TechCrunch to the FeedBurner family (now 242,062 publishers strong).  Quite a bit has happened since June 15, 2005 when founder Michael Arrington was writing the first profiles of such companies as Flickr, Del.icio.us, Digg and Bloglines.
AnandTech:
What about Quad Core?  —  Later this year Intel will be introducing pin compatible upgrades to its Core 2 and Xeon lines, except instead of two cores these processors will feature four.  Codenamed Kenstfield (Core 2) and Clovertown (Xeon), Intel's new quad-core processors will dramatically increase …
Discussion: SuperGeek and digg
CNET News.com:
O2 Xda Stealth  —  DESCRIPTION:  —  Author: Asher Moses, CNET.com.au pda |  STEALTH |  smartphone |  xda  —  Scheduled for release in Australia towards the end of September, the O2 Xda Stealth is so new that, at the time of writing this story, the product is nowhere to be found on O2's global website …
Edvarcl Heng / CNET News.com:
iriver S10: The coolest and the tiniest  —  We loved the U10 to bits and gushed about the E10. iriver's D-Click interface always gets us flustered... in a good way.  Stunningly tiny, it's just 1.9g heavier than the new shuffle.  And unlike a lot of tiny MP3 players that fluff on the physical controls …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Apple iTV prototype  —  We're as surprised as you, but Apple actually put their iTV units on display right after the show!  Really, there isn't a whole lot here that we didn't already see in the keynote and up on their site, but it's definitely Mac mini sized in terms of footprint, and is a sexy little bugger.
Alexander Haislip / pewnews.com:
Flock CEO steps down  —  Bart Decrem in the hunt for a new startup to land at  —  Bart Decrem, founder of Web browser startup Flock, has stepped down as CEO and is looking to build another company, PE Week has learned.  —  Decrem says his departure isn't tied to anything wrong with the company.
Discussion: Mashable!, Mathew Ingram and Junto Boyz
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Cingular bans the word "engadget" from its customer forums  —  Oh, Cingular.  We know you're pissed at us — you stopped returning our phone calls a while ago after we posted that product roadmap we got our hands on — but banning all mention of our name, as well as our URL …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile, digg and Netscape.com
AnandTech:
FBD Revisited  —  Thus far the only real downside we've seen to the Mac Pro is its use of Fully Buffered DIMM (FBD).  As we mentioned in our initial article discussing the Mac Pro's specifications, the FBD spec calls for a serial interface between memory controller and memory modules …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Tech Report
Josh / Bokardo:
Digg's Design Dilemma  —  This past week's Digg controversy is one in a growing number of incidents that suggest that a small group of users are having an undue influence on the promotion of stories.  In response, Digg is changing the way that it handles votes by adding complexity to its ranking algorithm.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and digg
About Skype:
Skype Introduces Video Calling for Macintosh Users  —  Cross Platform Support lets Mac and Windows Users see each other with free video calls  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, has released the beta version of its popular communications software, Skype for Mac 2.0 …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks, VoIP Now and 21talks
 
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