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8:10 PM ET, September 17, 2006

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Citizendium: a more civilized Wikipedia?  —  Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has announced that his new knowledge sharing wiki project called Citizendium will launch at the end of this month or earlier.  The defining characteristic of the site is that topic experts will have final …
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Does Wikipedia need to be fixed  —  Marshall has a post up about Citizendium.  Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger is the founder and it will be a forked version of the popular site with experts who have the final say on whether or not changes will go through.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and StrayPackets
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
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
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
AOL, Intel link to bring movies to PCs and TVs  —  AOL will next week announce a deal with Intel that will let consumers download Gabe Kaplan's finest work to their PCs and watch it on TV.  —  Under the deal, AOL will let owners of Viiv PCs, an entertainment PC platform designed and promoted by Intel …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Screenwerk
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
"News" Flash: iPod and the iTunes Store are doomed  —  Taking a page from such journalistic luminaries as John Dvorak, the Observer was out there last week generating page views with a story on the coming iPodcalypse. … It goes on like that, trotting out the usual suspects for the iPod's future demise …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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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
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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:
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Keepin' it real fake, part XXXIIV: Zune ain't aloone  —  We thought the world record for the speed of knockoff went to TechFaith Wireless for their Q-before-the-Q, and their line of slick Windows Mobile-based knockoffs — but it would appear we've been proven wrong.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Netscape.com
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 and HD Beat
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.
 
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Kent / Newsome.Org:
The Demise of Radio  —  In the New York times article …
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