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11:05 PM ET, August 31, 2007

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store To Stop Selling NBC Television Shows  —  Apple® today announced that it will not be selling NBC television shows for the upcoming television season on its online iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).  The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Apple slaps back at NBC in iTunes spat  —  Disagreements between Apple and NBC Universal escalated Friday as Apple announced that it won't sell NBC's shows for the upcoming television season.  —  The move comes a day after The New York Times reported that NBC Universal would not renew …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Apple Retaliates; Says NBC Wanted Double The Wholesale Price; Will Stop in September  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has come out swinging after reports last night that NBC has told the company it won't renew the TV downloads contract beyond December: Apple said in a release that …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU's Response: Never Asked To Double Price; Shows Will Be On …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:   An Open Letter to NBC re: Leaving Apple's iTunes Store
Michael Gartenberg:
NBC leaves iTunes - First Take
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ross Levinsohn And Jonathan Miller To Announce New Buyout Fund Next Week  —  This news has been simmering for a while.  When Ross Levinsohn (pictured left) resigned as the President of Fox Interactive Media late last year it was rumored that he intended to raise a large fund to acquire Internet startups.
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and HipMojo.com
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Pat Hedley / PR Newswire:
Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn to Serve as Advisors to General Atlantic's Media and Consumer Sector  —  GREENWICH, Conn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity firm, today announced that Jonathan Miller, former Chairman and CEO of America Online …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Jon Miller and Ross Levinso's Fund To Be Announced Next Week …
Discussion: PE HUB
Marco / Marco's Blog:
Google Earth Flight Simulator  —  Some time last week, Google expanded Google Earth with Google Sky.  As fascinating as Google Sky is, that's not the focus of this post.  Along with the latest update comes a hidden feature of which I cannot seem to find any other information about.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Earth Easter Egg: Flight Simulator
John Markoff / New York Times:
Who Founded Facebook?  A New Claim Emerges  —  Mark Zuckerberg is considered the founder of Facebook, the popular social networking Web site estimated to be worth upward of $1 billion.  —  Three Harvard classmates, the founders of ConnectU, have long claimed that Mr. Zuckerberg stole the idea from them …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google News Now Hosting Wire Stories & Promises Better Variety In Results  —  Today, Google News will begin offering articles from several major wire services and news agencies hosted on its own site, rather than sending readers away from Google.  The move is part of licensing agreements that have been stuck over the past year.
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Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Original stories, from the source  —  Today we're launching a new feature on Google News that will help you quickly and easily find original stories from news publishers — including stories from some of the top news agencies in the world, such as the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cuts Deal With AP: Blow To Other News Sites
Discussion: Associated Press
Economist:
Who's afraid of Google?  —  The world's internet superpower faces testing times  —  RARELY if ever has a company risen so fast in so many ways as Google, the world's most popular search engine.  This is true by just about any measure: the growth in its market value and revenues …
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Economist:
Inside the Googleplex  —  It is rare for a company to dominate its industry while claiming not to be motivated by money.  Google does.  But it has yet to face a crisis  —  IN AMERICA a phenomenon might claim to have entered mainstream culture only after it has been satirised on "The Simpsons".
Discussion: Epicenter, VoIP Blog and Clickety Clack
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worse than Vogon poetry: bogus DMCA takedowns stun sci-fi lovers  —  Viacom isn't the only organization involved in sending out "bass-ackwards" DMCA takedown notices; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (abbreviated, for complicated reasons, as the SFWA) is in on the fun as well.
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
LET'S DANCE BABY  —  UNDERDOG AMAZON SET TO CHALLENGE ITUNES  —  Apple boss Steve Jobs is about to have another new challenger for dominance in the digital music business: Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos.  —  The online retail giant has tentatively set a mid-September target for the launch …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft cooking up some BlackBerry pie?  —  Amid strong rumors of an impending buyout by Microsoft, stock in Research In Motion (RIM), the company that produces the BlackBerry line of push e-mail devices, has surged up to an all-time high of $85.  According to a story from Reuters …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mashable!
 
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