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8:55 AM ET, September 26, 2006

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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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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Structured Data Search Play
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Froogle; Hello Google Product Results In Web Search
Discussion: ComparisonEngines.com
iab.net:
INTERNET ADVERTISING REVENUES CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE WITH A 36% INCREASE FOR FIRST HALF OF '06  —  First Six Months of '06 hit $7.9 Billion and Q2 Exceeds $4 Billion  —  Today, during the MIXX Conference and Expo, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) …
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
PR Newswire:
VideoEgg Launches the Eggnetwork Helping Marketers Reach Millions within Leading Social Networks  —  Network Enables Advertisers to Tap Into User-Generated Video  —  SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ — VideoEgg, Inc., an online video-enabling platform …
Discussion: GigaOM and ben barren
Derek / 5ThirtyOne:
Breathe new life into OS X Front Row  —  Continuing the "Breathe new life into OS X" series including Breathe new life into OS X Safari & Breathe new life into OS X iChat, our focus will be on Apple's Front Row application.  Out of the box, Front Row taps into your current media library composed …
Discussion: Lifehacker and PaulStamatiou.com
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Veeker Buys ThumbJive, & Other Mobile Deals  —  Recently we've been noticing more friends using video messaging via cell phones — a three-second video message sent to party-goers trying to find a beach bonfire, or a midmorning clip snapped in a cubicle to say "I'm bored."
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia N95 gets real  —  So it's not official official yet, but we know enough to say with some confidence that Nokia's oft-rumored N95 (alias N83) dual slider will be announced today.  What does that mean?  For one thing, it means we can move past the frustratingly blurry spy shots and onto …
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 …
Discussion: IR Daily, Lost Remote and MocoNews.net
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Symbol Technologies WT4000 series wearable computer  —  We wouldn't exactly call this wearable computer svelte, in fact, calling it a strap-on is more apropos wouldn't you say?  Still, it's pretty much what we'd expect from a company that specializes in ruggedized handhelds.
Discussion: 21talks and digg
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.
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
For One Publisher, the Life of Every Comic Book Starts on the Web  —  Scott Rosenberg, left, and Dylan Squires intend to make the Web the first outlet for Platinum Studios' comic books.  Print versions may come later.  —  For generations of Americans, comic books were the first real page-turners.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Howard Stern's Ad Rates on Sirius Slump to Low of $5,000  —  Audience Measurement Issues Cited as Barrier to Buyers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Eight months into his reign at Sirius Satellite Radio, the King of All Media's advertising rates are a fraction of what they were on terrestrial radio.
Discussion: Techdirt, Orbitcast and AdJab
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Mike / Techdirt:
Limewire Hits Back Hard: Sues RIAA For Antitrust And Consumer Fraud
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World's most easily misplaced cellphone?
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Billion dollar SaaS sectors
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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