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10:45 AM ET, September 26, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spinoff Wallop Launches  —  Wallop, previously a semi-forgotton Microsoft Research "sandbox" social network and photo sharing project, was spun off into a new, independent, venture backed business earlier this year (details here).  Tonight at 9 pm California time, Wallop is launching a semi-public beta.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Wallop, the social network where you pay for pretty  —  The "important" social network I mentioned in my post about Piczo is launching at DemoFall on Tuesday, and going into limited beta tonight.  It's called Wallop.  A lot of Wallop was developed inside Microsoft, but it's been spun out into a separate …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Jajah's Mobile Ambitions  —  The company hopes to become the Skype of the cell-phone world, and has introduced a service allowing users to call overseas on the cheap  —  You might call Jajah the clunkier Skype.  Since February, the Mountain View (Calif.)-based startup has allowed people …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jajah Just Launched Killer VOIP Product  —  VOIP company Jajah just announced an exceptional new consumer service that will let many cell phone users access Jajah's very low calling rates through their cell phone (and without using data services).  —  Ok, it's true.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Stephan / JAJAH:
JAJAH Goes Mobile!
Associated Press:
AOL Subscribers Sue Over Release Of Search Data  —  NEW YORK - Three AOL subscribers who suddenly found records of their Internet searches widely distributed online are suing the company under privacy laws and are seeking an end to its retention of search-related data.
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Juan Carlos Perez / PC Advisor:
Refined searches in time for Christmas  —  Google plans to extend the product search capabilities on its main Google.com search engine in the fourth quarter, in time for the holiday shopping season.  —  A Google official shared the news with attendees of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Froogle; Hello Google Product Results In Web Search
Discussion: ComparisonEngines.com
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Introducing ScobleShow  —  It's 1 a.m. and the engineering team, me, and Valerie, are still working at the office.  But the show is slowly coming up.  The URL is at http://www.podtech.net/scobleshow/   —  Stuff is still broken, and probably will be for a little while longer.
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch  —  Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US' largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple's forthcoming phone, sources report.  Apple's iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Suit filed against AOL; seeks to block search history storage  —  A class action lawsuit was filed in California today against AOL for last month's disclosure of thousands of users' search results.  The suit (PDF) seeks no less than $1000 in damages per user effected and $4000 more per user in California.
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biz.yahoo.com:
AOL Members Sue AOL LLC for Privacy Violations, Berman DeValerio …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
CinemaNow's Internet Cliff-Hanger  —  The online movie business hopes downloadable DVD services will start an industry-wide trend.  But studios want to see strong sales first  —  The movie download business just got more fast and furious.  On Sept. 26, online movie distributor CinemaNow announced …
Discussion: IP Democracy and paidContent.org
electricsistahood.com:
Do the Math: Will Sony Go Broke?  —  For video game players, the competition among the three game console manufacturers must seem like a Dead or Alive tournament.  There's always a winner and a loser, but someone else is always lined up for another bout with the winner.
Mike / Techdirt:
Limewire Hits Back Hard: Sues RIAA For Antitrust And Consumer Fraud  —  from the this-may-get-interesting dept  —  Last month, the RIAA sued Limewire after Limewire wouldn't agree to simply roll over and pretend the RIAA's interpretation of the Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case was actually what the Supreme Court said.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google to Push for More Electrical Efficiency in PC's  —  Google is calling on the computer industry to create a simpler and more efficient power supply standard that it says will save billions of kilowatt-hours of energy annually.  —  In a white paper to be presented Tuesday on the opening …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
Arrival of 'dotmobi' domain raises concerns  —  New "dotmobi" internet domain names will go on general sale on Tuesday in an attempt to drive the use of mobile devices as platforms to surf the web.  —  More than 13,000 names have been registered in an initial period reserved for trademark holders …
Jack Loftus / searchopensource.techtarget.com:
Open Source News:  —  Open source router on par with Cisco, users say  —  The price and flexibility of an open source router is sometimes enough to lure in users, despite the router's reputation for having support and usability issues.  —  That reputation may be old news …
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
American Venture Magazine News Feed:
Ecast Secures $20M Financing Round  —  Investment Led by Focus Ventures.  —  San Francisco, CA /PRNewswire/ - Ecast, Inc., the leading out-of-home interactive media company that operates the largest network of broadband-enabled, digital touch-screen jukeboxes, today announced the completion of a $20 million financing round.
 
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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia N95 - HSDPA, WiFi, 5MP Camera, GPS at 90cc
Official Google Blog:
About the Google News case in Belgium
Discussion: WebProNews and E-Media Tidbits
Phil Wainewright / Software as services:
Liveblogging SaaScon: Tim Chou and the end of software
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Hoping to Be a Model, I.B.M. Will Put Its Patent Filings Online
Discussion: All Points Blog and Furdlog
Gordon Finlayson / The Digital Music Weblog:
Digital Music Profile: The EFF's Gwen Hinze
Discussion: digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A new Microsoft-commissioned anti-Linux study debuts
Discussion: Bink.nu and digg
Phil Wainewright / Software as services:
Billion dollar SaaS sectors
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Number of browser vulnerabilities rising
Discussion: The PC Doctor and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Mythical 40-Hour Gamer
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Joystiq
Derek / 5ThirtyOne:
Breathe new life into OS X Front Row
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Vodafone's Treo 750v gets an actual launch date
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Veeker Buys ThumbJive, & Other Mobile Deals
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Cross-site Request Forgery
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Howard Stern's Ad Rates on Sirius Slump to Low of $5,000
Discussion: Techdirt, Orbitcast and AdJab
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Symbol Technologies WT4000 series wearable computer
Discussion: 21talks and digg
PR Newswire:
VideoEgg Launches the Eggnetwork Helping Marketers Reach Millions …
Discussion: Mashable! and ben barren