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11:25 AM ET, September 13, 2006

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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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WhoseSpace is MySpace  —  Peter Chernin, Chief Operating Officer of News Corp., according to Multichannel News dropped the proverbial hammer on those who he sees are leaching off the MySpace ecosystem. … There is a good chance, a lot he said was left on the cutting floor, but if (and only if) …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MySpace: We don't need Web 2.0
Discussion: robhyndman.com and Mathew Ingram
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.
Discussion: Ted Leung on the air
Jonathan Zuck / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Which way, open-sourcers?
Discussion: AC/OS
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: IP Democracy and BuzzMachine
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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 …
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
How To: Back up your music using iTunes 7  —  iTunes 7 has really breathed some new life into that venerable jukebox software.  One of the most useful new features is 'Back Up to Disc,' which is located under the 'File' menu of iTunes.  This feature allows you to back up all your tracks to either CD or DVD.
Discussion: digg
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Ageitgey / Uninnovate:
Apple's iTunes 7.0: A Lesson on User Trust
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 …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
My Last Day at SAP  —  In case anyone noticed, I have been 1) blogging less these last few weeks, and 2) increasingly difficult to get in touch with.  The reason is that I resigned from SAP a couple of weeks ago and Thursday will be my last official day as an employee of the company …
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
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #23 - iTunes Movies on a UMPC  —  Watch jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #23 here (WMV format, 640 x 480, 60.6 MB, 11:02 minutes)  —  With the new Apple announcements today, it became apparent to me that the new iTunes Movies would be a nice marriage of Microsoft Windows based hardware and Apple software.
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 …
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 …
 
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