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3:35 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
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Wallop Shows Up to Party
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.
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.
Discussion: Techdirt, TechEffect and Joe Duck
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Associated Press:
AOL Subscribers Sue Over Release Of Search Data
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Judgment for the plaintiff: 1,000 hours of AOL FREE!!!!!
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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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 …
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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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 …
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.
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
Info rings save us from hassle of human interaction  —  You gotta love technology designed to remove as much human interaction as possible from our days, moving us closer and closer to the dream of everyone existing in private spheres, completely cut off from any legitimate human contact.
Discussion: Gizmodo, technology filter and digg
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 …
ShanghaiDaily.com:
Report: Tom.com to buyout eBay China, PayPal  —  HONG Kong-listed Tom.com is going to announce its takeover of eBay's China division and its PayPal service, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing a well-informed source.  —  Tom Group is the distributor of Skype, eBay's online telephone service in China.
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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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Cancelling Vonage Difficulties
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
New Slingbox AV at Best Buy. Symbian Support!
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire and digg
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TiVo Series3 + plasma TV = big problems
Discussion: PVRblog and Lost Remote
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
WebEx expands platform with workflow and apps
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Photowalking with Thomas Hawk
New York Times:
Two Involved in H.P. Spying Are Summoned by Congress
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Sony Reader PRS-500 hands-on + Connect Reader screenshots
Official Google Blog:
About the Google News case in Belgium
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Phil Wainewright / Software as services:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Just Launched Open Registrations
Jack Loftus / searchopensource.techtarget.com:
Open Source News:
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
American Venture Magazine News Feed:
Ecast Secures $20M Financing Round
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, Slashdot and Joystiq