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2:25 PM 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 …
Associated Press:
Microsoft launches social networking site  —  Wallop testing premise that you're willing to pay extra to look good  —  SEATTLE - Wallop, a startup spun out of Microsoft Corp.'s research lab, is launching the test version of an online social networking site with the premise that people will want to pay extra to look good.
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
$10 million in venture capital to help Wallop build social network  —  Wallop, the social networking startup that was spun out of Microsoft Research Labs earlier this year, has landed $10 million in venture capital that it will use to create a new competitor to MySpace, Friendster and Facebook.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Wallop Shows Up to Party
BBC:
Mobile web shake-up gets started  —  The mobile web is about to receive the biggest shake-up in years with the start of open registration for mobile phone-specific website addresses.  —  The general public can now register websites ending with .mobi (dotmobi) as the backers of the mobile net hope to overturn consumer apathy.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechSpot and Slashdot
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jajah Just Launched Killer VOIP Product
Discussion: JAJAH and Free Roaming
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Hoping to Be a Model, I.B.M. Will Put Its Patent Filings Online  —  I.B.M., the nation's largest patent holder, will publish its patent filings on the Web for public review as part of a new policy that the company hopes will be a model for others.  —  If widely adopted, the policy could help …
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
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Judgment for the plaintiff: 1,000 hours of AOL FREE!!!!!
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.
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 …
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
It's Official: SIRIUS Announces the Stiletto  —  Well, this is the day we've been waiting for.  SIRIUS Satellite Radio has officially announced the Stiletto 100 featuring WiFi, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, the ability to save music, and more notably this is Sriius' first live portable radio.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia bumps the stakes to 8GB on their N91  —  The HDD-based, music playin' N91 might've been panned by the critics, but a 4GB musicphone still isn't nothing to scoff at, and now the phone is doubling up the memory with 8GB, for even less scoffing opportunity.
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista  —  Today, I'm pleased to announce the availability of the beta of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1.  —  Based on your feedback, Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer reports …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft admits WGA failures "coming up more commonly now"  —  Scrolling through the posts on Microsoft's official WGA Validation Problems forum is like reading accident reports from a multiple-car pileup on Interstate 5.  Many of the victims are completely innocent and have no idea what hit them …
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 …
 
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Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
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New York Times:
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Official Google Blog:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Jack Loftus / searchopensource.techtarget.com:
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Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
British Library calls for digital copyright action
Mike / Techdirt:
Limewire Hits Back Hard: Sues RIAA For Antitrust And Consumer Fraud
Discussion: SuperGeek
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia N95 gets real
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
World's most easily misplaced cellphone?
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Mythical 40-Hour Gamer
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Joystiq