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4:25 PM ET, September 17, 2006

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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
A Video Business Model Ready to Move Beyond Beta  —  VIDEO mania is in full swing.  Amazon is finally doing movie downloads.  Apple is touting a new wireless gizmo to beam movies from laptops to TV screens.  NBC is introducing a video syndication service that might pit it against Google and Yahoo …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Screenwerk
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wal-Mart prepping a download store, too?  —  We've heard rumblings for a while — and Wal-Mart's purported intense opposition to the iTunes Movie Store might've had something to do with it as well — but now the rumors are coming hot and heavy in regards to a movie download store from the retail giant.
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Parija Bhatnagar / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart moves on digital movie downloads  —  The No. 1 retailer is believed to be pushing to launch its own digital movie service later this year.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart, which has been eyeing the downloadable movie waters for some time, is now preparing to dive in.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Walmart preparing to offer movie downloads
BBC:
iPod fans 'shunning iTunes store'  —  Despite the success of Apple iTunes, few people stock their iPod with tracks from the online store, reports a study.  —  The Jupiter Research report reveals that, on average, only 20 of the tracks on a iPod will be from the iTunes shop.
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
For sale for £1,000: gadget that means you'll never lose at roulette again  —  Professional gamblers are rushing to buy £1,000 devices that they believe will enable them to win millions of pounds in casinos when the gambling industry is deregulated next year.
Discussion: Slashdot
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google will flex political muscles  —  PAC to raise money for causes, candidates; lobbyists on board  —  Under fire on Capitol Hill, Google Inc. has boosted its political muscle by creating its first political action committee while taking steps to reach out to Republicans.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and IP Democracy
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Syndicated Search coming soon  —  Google registered thirty variations of a domain on the 15th that hint at an upcoming "syndicated search" feature.  When I think syndication, I automatically envision blogs — but Google already has Google Blog Search.  Here is a list of the domains they registered on Friday:
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Kent / Newsome.Org:
The Demise of Radio  —  In the New York times article about the plight of traditional radio, Richard Siklos sums up the problem in one sentence, while talking about a particular commuter who has tuned out over the air stations: … It's a two-headed monster that is killing traditional radio.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bordee Creates Message Boards for Any Domain Name  —  Washington-based Bordee is preparing to launch a new free service, built with Ruby on Rails, that lets anyone create a topic-specific message board for any domain name.  Bordee isn't a new idea - there are lots of message board services out there.
Discussion: Squash
David Barboza / New York Times:
The Rise of Baidu (That's Chinese for Google)  —  IN the summer of 1998 at a picnic in Silicon Valley, Eric Xu, a 34-year-old biochemist, introduced his shy, reserved friend Robin Li to John Wu, then the head of Yahoo's search engine team.  —  Mr. Li, 30 at the time, was a frustrated staff engineer …
Discussion: IT Facts
ongoing:
Wikipedia: Resistance is Absent  —  What happened was, I went to check out the new Microsoft search engine at live.com (it's not bad), and I started by looking for myself.  I was kind of surprised when my Wikipedia entry came in ahead of ongoing.  (Wikipedia's #2 at Google and Yahoo.)
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Labnotes
New York Times:
Zeroing In on Sources H.P. Used  —  Prosecutors looking into the internal spying operation at Hewlett-Packard are beginning to link together a chain of investigators from the company down to the detective agencies that may have been involved in obtaining the phone records of its directors and a number of journalists.
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
TiVo Lying To VIP Customers About Series3 Orders  —  You know how TiVo released the new Series3 DMR on it's site a few days ago, apparently allowing people to get their hands on one earlier than they would be able to get one at retail?  Oh, and the whole "if you buy direct from TiVo …
Discussion: PVRblog, HD Beat and PVR Wire
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Mobility Electronics' Stowaway Sierra Bluetooth keyboard  —  Mobility Electronics has launched the latest in its line of Stowaway portable keyboards under its Think Outside brand, the Bluetooth-based Stowaway Sierra.  Ok, so it's not quite as catchily-named as the Stowaway Shasta …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and jkOnTheRun
Nick / Rough Type:
Sanger forks Wikipedia  —  The man who invented Wikipedia now wants to bury it.  Larry Sanger, the controversial online encyclopedia's cofounder and leading apostate, announced yesterday, at a conference in Berlin, that he is spearheading the launch of a competitor to Wikipedia called The Citizendium.
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Brad Ideas:
Please don't videoblog (vlog)  —  At the blogger panel at Fall VON (repurposed to be both video on the net as well as voice) Vlogger and blip.tv advocate Dina Kaplan asked bloggers to start vlogging.  It's started a minor debate.  —  My take?  Please don't.
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