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9:25 AM ET, September 13, 2006

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microsoft.com:
Microsoft Open Specification Promise  —  Microsoft irrevocably promises not to assert any Microsoft Necessary Claims against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing or distributing any implementation to the extent it conforms to a Covered Specification ("Covered Implementation"), subject to the following.
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Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
Microsoft's Open Specification Promise  —  Red Hat commends Microsoft's efforts to reach out to the open source community and its willingness to make modifications in response to their comments  —  Posted on Tuesday 12 September 2006  —  Today marks a major milestone for Mike Jones and myself.
Jonathan Zuck / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Which way, open-sourcers?  —  (The GPL 3) no longer works in the "fairness" sense.  It's purely a firebrand, and only good for the extremist policies of the FSF.  It's no longer a nice balance that a lot of people can accept, and that a lot of companies can stand behind once you explain it to them.
Discussion: AC/OS
Phil Windley's Technometria:   Digital Identity in BC Government
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:   Delivering on the identity promise
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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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace: We'll Crush YouTube  —  As if we needed more proof of MySpace's intolerance of outside development, News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin told investors at an industry conference today that since much of YouTube's traffic comes from MySpace, it's time to cut out the middle man.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Virtual Economics
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MySpace: We don't need Web 2.0  —  News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin told company investors today that, "If you look at virtually any Web 2.0 application, whether its YouTube, whether it's Flickr, whether it's Photobucket or any of the next-generation Web applications …
Ageitgey / Uninnovate:
Apple's iTunes 7.0: A Lesson on User Trust  —  Today, Apple released iTunes 7.0, among other things.  In earlier versions of iTunes, Apple did its best to prevent users from being able to copy music from an iPod back to a desktop computer.  Now, Apple has changed course and is marketing "Reverse Syncing" as a new feature of iTunes 7:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Steve Jobs, Bill Gates 2.0?  —  Yet another masterful Emmy winning performance by Steve Jobs, which met most if not all the expectations of the Mac faithful.  GigaOM readers were once again proven right, and Apple launched a movie download service, albeit a watered down version than what most had expected or imagined.
Discussion: The TNL.net weblog
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.
Jemima / paidContent.org:
VON Round-up: Predictions & Suggestions For Growth, Impending Regulation  —  Some of the buzz from the 10th annual Video on the Net conference in Boston:  — 2006: the year of web TV: Veoh CEO Dmitry Shapiro said much more is to come.  Web video will eventually deliver longer pieces in high quality …
Wall Street Journal:
Will Wikipedia Mean the End Of Traditional Encyclopedias?  —  Wikipedia, the community-edited online encyclopedia, has blossomed.  It has thousands of volunteers that have created more than five million entries in dozens of languages on everything from the Elfin-woods warbler to Paris Hilton.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Rival behind Schwarzenegger Web flap  —  The Democratic rival to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged Tuesday that his aides were responsible for obtaining a controversial audio file in a move that has led to allegations of Web site hacking.  —  But the campaign manager …
Martin Geddes / Telepocalypse:
OPINION://TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS  —  Sometimes, I'm glad my brother came up with the slightly corny title of this humble blog.  You stumble across something utterly Telepocalyptic, and you've got the volcabulary right there to describe it.  —  I was being badgered before the conference …
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: A VC and IP Democracy
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Firm behind eDonkey to pay $30 million to avoid piracy claims  —  LOS ANGELES - The firm behind popular online file-sharing software eDonkey has agreed to pay $30 million to avoid potential copyright infringement lawsuits from the recording industry, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
Phishers catch on to the Net's 'long tail'  —  The number of brands exploited by online con artists grew to a record 154 in July, according to a report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.  —  The study, released on Monday, showed that the number of brands under attack from phishing …
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
Sony's Answer to Xbox Live Revealed  —  How does Sony intend to compete with Xbox Live?  Here's how.  —  UPDATE II: Sony Computer Entertainment America responded to the below report with the following statement: "We can confirm that Sony Online Entertainment is in talks with Viacom and Xfire for a single, specific PS3 game.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and DigitalBattle
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Marketing Outpaces Ad Spending, Money Follows Shift To ROI, Pursuit Of 18-34 Demo
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AppleInsider:
Showtime event 'just the start' of Apple CE push
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
New Nano from Apple
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Ruby Performance Revisited
Reuters:
News Corp to buy ringtone firm Jamba
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Roundup of the other new iTunes 7 features
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
The future of MMOs, post-Warcraft
Discussion: MSNBC
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
The coming RIA wars: A roundup of the Web's new face
Discussion: Slashdot
USA Today:
Silicon Valley starts to party like it's 1999
Discussion: Valleywag
May Wong / Associated Press:
TiVo unveils its first high-definition DVR