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12:00 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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against AOL Over Search Data Release  —  TechCrunch reports in Suit filed against AOL; seeks to block search history storage that a class action lawsuit has been filed against AOL seeking $1,000 in damages for each person whose search records were released last month.
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: JAJAH
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.
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Froogle; Hello Google Product Results In Web Search  —  Froogle, Google's shopping search engine that launched with big hopes back in 2002, is to be deemphasized in place of product listings integrated into regular Google search results.  —  The news has come out through Google's participation …
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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, CrunchGear and digg
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Vaio UX, now with 32GB of Solid State Disk
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Sony Reader PRS-500 hands-on + Connect Reader screenshots
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft admits WGA failures "coming up more commonly now"
Official Google Blog:
About the Google News case in Belgium
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Just Launched Open Registrations
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A new Microsoft-commissioned anti-Linux study debuts
Discussion: Bink.nu and digg
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
World's most easily misplaced cellphone?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Number of browser vulnerabilities rising
Discussion: The PC Doctor and Slashdot
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Mythical 40-Hour Gamer
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Joystiq
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Veeker Buys ThumbJive, & Other Mobile Deals
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Howard Stern's Ad Rates on Sirius Slump to Low of $5,000
Discussion: Techdirt, Orbitcast and AdJab
PR Newswire:
VideoEgg Launches the Eggnetwork Helping Marketers Reach Millions …
Discussion: ben barren and Mashable!