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4:50 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.
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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Joe / Techdirt:
Comcast Believes, This Time, That Customers Want Video Calling
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Comcast to Launch Video Telephony in 2007
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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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
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
New York Times:
Apple Plans to Inhabit Living Room  —  Steven P. Jobs, Apple Computer's chief executive, concluded a much-anticipated company event on Tuesday with his usual tease, noting that he had "one last thing" to introduce.  —  Then, in an unusual departure from Apple's practice of announcing …
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Leander Kahney / Wired News:
New UI Showdown: Apple vs. TiVo
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: Engadget, SuperGeek and digg
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.
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 …
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
HACKING UP A STORM  —  So last week, there was a black hat breach of Second Life's user database.  The revelation has often led to confusion and rage, among Residents, many of them threatening (yet again) to abandon SL for good.  (Then again, since the news, the peak number of Residents in-world has remained around 10,000, as before.)
Discussion: reBang weblog and GigaOM
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: Mathew Ingram, Mashable! and Junto Boyz
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.
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
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 …
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
 
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