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8:20 PM ET, September 18, 2006

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Newsweek Columnists:
Make Room on the Couch for Steve  —  Our computers have become great media devices for songs, pictures and now TV and movies.  —  Newsweek  —  Steve Jobs's talk last week was nearing an end and coming dangerously close to a letdown.  The stuff he introduced—a freshening-up of the iPod line …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google and Apple talking video?  —  It's the stuff fanboy dreams are made of: Google and Apple, sittin' in a tree.  In fact, if you nearly passed out when Stevie J. walked onto the stage the other day sans mock turtleneck, or started into hysterics when Larry Page rode into CES on the back of that SUV …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Video could be headed to Apple's iTV
Valleywag:
Scoop: Apple is about to break big into ad sales
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Warner to send videos through YouTube  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Warner Music Group Corp. has agreed to distribute and license its copyrighted songs and other material through online video trendsetter YouTube Inc., marking another significant step in the entertainment industry's migration to the Internet.
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
"Hotel Minibar" Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines  —  Like other computer scientists who have studied Diebold voting machines, we were surprised at the apparent carelessness of Diebold's security design.  It can be hard to convey this to nonexperts, because the examples are technical.
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Chip That Can Transfer Data Using Laser Light  —  Researchers plan to announce on Monday that they have created a silicon-based chip that can produce laser beams.  The advance will make it possible to use laser light rather than wires to send data between chips, removing the most significant bottleneck in computer design.
Discussion: Engadget, Digital Download and Slashdot
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Intel:
Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser  —  Chip that Emits and Guides Light Could Drive Silicon Photonics Into Wide Use in Future Computers and Data Centers  —  Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) …
PR Newswire:
Napster Engages UBS to Assist in Evaluation of Strategic Alternatives  —  LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Napster (Nasdaq: NAPS - News) announced today that in response to recent third party interest in establishing strategic partnerships or potentially acquiring the company …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why I Invested in Dogster  —  Some readers may have noticed that Dogster, the social network for dogs (along with sister site Catster), closed a $1 million round of financing last week.  See TechMeme to catch up on the discussion if you missed it.  —  I was one of the investors in the round …
Alan Breznick / blog.cabledigitalnews.com:
Cable Racks Up Over 1 Million VOIP Subs in Q2  —  Shattering their old quarterly record for VOIP subscriber gains, North American cable operators signed up more than 1 million IP phone customers for the first time during the spring, according to the latest figures compiled byCable Digital News.
Wall Street Journal:
IPod, TheyPod: Rivals Imitate Apple's Success  —  After years of watching Apple Computer Inc.'s success in digital music, rivals are ripping a page from the company's playbook.  —  RealNetworks Inc. today plans to announce a deal with SanDisk Corp. to sell a digital music device that's specifically designed …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Not in the Real World Anymore  —  At MTV, reality has always been a moving target.  Sixteen years ago, the network heralded the era of reality television with "The Real World."  Three years ago, it pushed the genre further with "Laguna Beach: The Real OC," in which the mundane lives of a clique …
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: 15 ways to get more out of Pandora  —  There's just so much you can do with music discovery engine Pandora: create your own personalized radio stations, find new, original music and share your stations with friends, just to list a few.  But listening to Pandora can be a drag on your system …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Pipeline Worm Floods AIM with Botnet Drones  —  Proactive research on security threats is the key to catching hidden threats before they can collect confidential data, deliver adware, or take down a network.  When researchers grab a threat, it's usually been doing the rounds for some time.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod nano (second-generation)  —  Return of the iPod mini?  —  iPod nano  —  Manufacturer: Apple (product page)  —  System requirements: Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, USB 2.0 port; Windows PC running Windows 2000 SP4 or Windows XP SP2, USB 2.0 port; iTunes 7.0
Discussion: The Digital Music Weblog and digg
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Satellite TV's 3-Headed Rival: Cable Plus Internet Plus Phone  —  For two decades, Rupert Murdoch worked to become king of the cosmos, launching a ring of satellites that hover over five continents.  He wanted to make sure he could beam his movies, networks and sports programming directly …
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wal-Mart leaks Zune price — $284?
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista: The "choose your own adventure" UI
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Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
An In-Depth Look at Netscape vs. Digg-Part 5
Darren Murph / Engadget:
The iPod dock for value-driven consumers
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Dan Bell / CD Freaks.com:
Amazon quickly sells out pre-orders for Nintendo Wii
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle and digg
Hard Reg / The Register:
TDK samples 32GB Flash disk
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley loses its sheen
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo Inc. defending its Internet turf
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where's the bloggers on new Acrobat?
Mike / Techdirt:
How Dare Google Send Belgian News Sites Traffic!  Court Orders Them To Stop
Gizmodo:
Rumor: Touchscreen iPod Before Christmas?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
8020: American Idol of Digital Photography?
Steven Schwankert / LinuxWorld News:
Google Losing Users In China: Study
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
First Impressions: 24-inch iMac
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Authenticated and private feeds
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Nickelodeon Web Site Is Seeking Loyalty of a Parent Generation
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