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9:20 AM ET, September 14, 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 …
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 …
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Microsoft:
All Systems Go: Microsoft Hardware Is Ready for Windows Vista
Discussion: Bink.nu and Gearlog
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Showtime: The Big Picture  —  Apple came into yesterday's "Showtime" special event with an awfully high set of expectations to meet.  First, the entire show pretty much had to be about movies — adding major motion pictures to the iPod Music Store, providing them in a high-enough quality format …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Apple's iPod Success Won't Be Repeated With iTV  —  At yesterday's Apple Showtime event, Steve Jobs announced upgrades to iPod/iTunes, the addition of movies to iTunes, and an upcoming product called iTV.  Movies on iTunes had been predicted and much discussed before the event …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Apple video move divides industry
Discussion: paidContent.org
Seth Schiesel / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Nintendo gets Wii ready for holidays  —  Company plans to put console on market Nov. 19  —  In a move that may allow Nintendo of Japan to take advantage of stumbles by its main rival, the company plans to announce today that it will release its new Wii video-game console in North and South America …
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Kotaku:
Wii Launch And Price Details For Japan  —  Today in Tokyo, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata delivered what Japanese gamers had been waiting for: Wii pricing and a launch date.  The next-gen Nintendo machine will retail for 25,000 yen (US $ 212.50) and will hit store shelves on Monday, December 2nd.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wonderland
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
HP leak probe extended to employees  —  Hewlett-Packard's probe into news media leaks extended to the company's own employee ranks, the company's chairman said this week.  —  In a videotaped message to employees, Chairman Patricia Dunn said the same techniques that were used to obtain details …
Discussion: Techdirt, GrokLaw, Valleywag and TechSpot
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.
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: Mashable!, TechCrunch and Zoli's Blog
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Abrams' Socializr, an event site, launches; will it match Renkoo, others?
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
The Missing Sony Exhibit  —  The Canadian Sony rootkit class action settlement heads to court next week amid mounting questions about the deal.  The EFF calls attention to a number of missing provisions, including no security reviews and no ongoing obligations to provide uninstallers for the rootkit.
Discussion: Boing Boing and robhyndman.com
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Smartpox - Create and Share Mobile Codes  —  Smartpox, which is currently in beta, is a social site that allows users to share URLs, email addresses and phone numbers in the real world.  The data is converted into a "smartpox code" (aka QR code) which can appear on posters, stickers, business cards and other real-world items.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Free Roaming
Phone Scoop:
HTC Libra To Support EVDO Rev. A  —  At the CTIA show in LA this week, a new Windows Mobile device from HTC was revealed and HTC executives confirmed several key details about the device.  The phone, code-named Libra has both a traditional numeric keypad and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Final Public Office 2007 Test Build Due Thursday  —  Updated: Microsoft will post the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (TR) bits for download by more than 3.5 million testers on September 14.  The new build is primarily a bug-fix patch.  —  Microsoft plans to make the final public test build …
Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Associated Press, MSNBC Video to Support Macs, Firefox  —  There is nothing more frustrating for Macintosh users or those who use the Firefox browser than going to a video site and hitting a wall demanding Windows and the Internet Explorer browser.  But when the Associated Press' Online Video Network …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Podango Launches Public Beta  —  Podango, which we wrote about last month, went into public beta today, so anyone can access the site and, if they care to, apply to be a station director.  —  Podango aims to combine multiple podcasts, which may only be publishing weekly, into a 3-5 shows per day channel with a single RSS feed.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Mail Beta Release - Exclusive Podcast With Ethan Diamond  —  Today Yahoo is releasing the new Ajax-powered version of Yahoo Mail to all users in the US and across 18 international markets.  Previously Yahoo Mail Beta (as it is known) was only available to a relatively small group of people.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Alex Watson / bit-tech.net:
Top 10 unique game controllers  —  Despite the fact that video games are a young medium, we as an audience already have many fixed expectations for our virtual worlds.  Points should be awarded, progress must be saveable, and no matter how evil and dastardly the enemy, they should always lock doors with correctly colour coded keys.
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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 …
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Market  —  Firm's Niche Deals Point to a Strategy of Measured Expansion  —  When Google Inc. quietly bought a software shop called Android Inc. a year ago, neither the suitor nor the quarry revealed much about the terms of their attraction.  —  Google never said how Android …
 
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Associated Press:
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft pitches InfoCard for businesses
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Local Updates With Tagging & Photos
Discussion: Screenwerk
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Live.com and Yahoo! bulk up for local search brawl
Wiredblogs / Monkey Bites:
Kevin Rose: Netscape's Model 'A Bad Idea,' New Digg API Soon
Tim Greene / Network World:
Regulation could stifle video over 'Net, says VON speaker
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
DHS releases Cyber Storm report
Nokia:
Intuitively easy to use, stylish Nokia 6085 brings balance to a busy life
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Phone Scoop