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11:35 PM ET, September 13, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Google/Intuit Partnership  —  Google and Intuit are announcing a partnership today at 1:15 pm California time.  The meat of it seems to be that they are building Google services directly into Intuit's QuickBooks, so small business users will be able to list themselves on Google Maps …
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web.intuit.com:
Intuit and Google Forge Alliance  —  Combines the Power of QuickBooks with Google's Reach to Help  —  Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced today a strategic alliance designed to help millions of small businesses promote themselves online using a variety …
Discussion: AccMan
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Intuit & Google Announce Major Local Search Marketing Partnership  —  In a development with potentially sweeping implications for local search and small business online marketing, Intuit has announced a partnership with Google that integrates AdWords campaign management and other Google-related …
Discussion: deal architect and Screenwerk
Microsoft:
Microsoft Hardware Brings to Light First Rechargeable Wireless and Backlit Desktop  —  New hardware desktops and mouse combine style and performance.  —  Microsoft Hardware is evolving and transforming the desktop computing experience with the industry's first wireless rechargeable and backlit desktop …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Gizmodo
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Digital Communications Line With Notebook LifeCam Featuring Industry's Highest Video and Still Resolution  —  Consumer demand drives new VoIP accessories optimized for Windows Live.  —  With laptop sales up 37 percent1 in 2005 and more than 30 million U.S. households expected to use VoIP …
Discussion: Gizmodo and LiveSide
Microsoft:
Go, Go Gadget Mouse: Microsoft Unveils Innovative Four-in-One Device  —  Microsoft puts mobile productivity in the palm of your hand.  —  Are you a road warrior?  Tired of having so many gadgets to carry while on the road?  Consider the problem solved by the revolutionary industrial design …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Hardware Advances Ergonomic Leadership With First Natural Ergonomic Mouse
Discussion: Bink.nu
Nina Shapiro / Seattle Weekly:
Coming Zune  —  Once again, Microsoft is chasing Apple in the hipster hardware game.  Will it make sweet music this time?  —  "Wicked!" exclaims Richard Winn, as he stands on Seattle Center's Broad Street Lawn during Bumbershoot, expressing appreciation for the French band Nouvelle Vague.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Say hello to my little Zune: official launch tomorrow
Discussion: Alpha.CNET.com
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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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Kevin Rose on the state of Digg  —  I spent some time today at the Future of Web Apps Summit at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  Gavin Clarke of The Register called the event the Web equivalent of Star Trek convention.  Some of the main actors in the theatre of Web 2.0 held forth on stage …
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Wiredblogs / Monkey Bites:
Kevin Rose: Netscape's Model 'A Bad Idea,' New Digg API Soon
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Tim Greene / Network World:
Regulation could stifle video over 'Net, says VON speaker  —  As video on the Internet takes hold, proponents of the technology should beware the potentially stifling effects of government regulation, warned the keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary VON show in Boston Tuesday.
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 …
Steve / Ideas are Worthless Unless Acted Upon:
Socializr Revealed - Jonathan Abrams of Friendster-fame launches free web service for sharing event and party information with your friends  —  I'm not sure when the "Gamma" version of Socializr.com went live, but it appears from comments within the system that September 7 was when Gamma users gained access.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Zoli's Blog
Susan Rush / Wireless Week:
Amp'd Reveals Hybrid Pricing Plans  —  Amp'd Mobile is aiming to connect with its core subscribers (18- to 35-year olds) by offering hybrid pricing, which will enable customers to access the advanced features of 3G without having to sign a long-term service contract, the company explains.
Nokia:
Intuitively easy to use, stylish Nokia 6085 brings balance to a busy life  —  New folding camera phone offers classic style, excellent usability and compelling features at an affordable price  —  Espoo, Finland - Expanding its highly popular portfolio of folding mobile phones …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Phone Scoop
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Live.com and Yahoo! bulk up for local search brawl  —  A hefty list of new features were added to both Microsoft's Live Local Search yesterday and just tonight to Yahoo! Local.  As both rivals get stronger, you can't help but wonder what's going to come after coupons for Google's local search.
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Introduces 4GB miniSDHC Flash Card for Mobile Phones  —  Industry's Highest Capacity Card For Cellphones Will Enable High-Resolution Photography, Digital Video, Music, Games and Data Storage  —  SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced a 4-gigabyte (GB)1 miniSD High Capacity …
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:
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
 
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Apple video move divides industry
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Mike / Techdirt:
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SLHamlet / New World Notes:
HACKING UP A STORM  —  So last week, there was a black hat breach …
Discussion: Valleywag, GigaOM and reBang weblog
Jensenh / Jensen Harris:
Beta 2 Technical Refresh Available Tomorrow
Sprint:
Sprint Announces Plans To Expand EV-DO Revision A-Capable Device Portfolio
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Apple iTV prototype
New York Times:
Apple Plans to Inhabit Living Room
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Cingular bans the word "engadget" from its customer forums
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
NBC and Its Stations Venture Into Online Video Market