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11:40 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC Will Not Renew ITunes Contract  —  NBC Universal, unable to come to an agreement with Apple on pricing, has decided not to renew its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on iTunes.  —  The media conglomerate — which is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Apple's online store …
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CNNMoney.com:
NBC to pull shows from iTunes  —  The No. 1 supplier of digital video to the online store, decides not to renew contract to sell downloads of its shows over pricing, piracy concerns, according to report  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — NBC Universal has decided not to renew its contract …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
NBC cancels iTunes contract  —  Ouch.  Another in a long line of disagreements with Apple about the pricing of content on iTunes, another somewhat unexpected blow to the internet's largest digital media etailer.  NBC Universal, iTunes's number one seller, apparently backed out of renewing …
Discussion: WinBeta
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:   NBC says bye to iTunes, hello to piracy and lost revenue
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Yahoo's new social job network: Kickstart  —  Yahoo is looking to change the game with their new social job network, Kickstart.  They are currently conducting research surveys among college students to find out what they think of this new service.  Yahoo asks this question to the participants …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The 2008 iPhone display?  Sharp's next gen multi-touch LCD revealed  —  Want to see the glass behind the iPhone's multi-touch panel?  Well this ain't it, it's better.  Sharp — one of Apple's iPhone panel providers — just unveiled their newest 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution multi-touch panel …
Discussion: Mobility Site
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SHARP World Index:
Sharp Develops and Will Mass Produce New System LCD with Embedded Optical Sensors to Provide Input Capabilities Including Touch Screen and Scanner Functions  —  Enables New User Interfaces for Mobile Devices  —  Sharp Corporation has successfully developed a new System LCD equipped with touch screen and scanner functions.
Discussion: CrunchGear and GottaBeMobile.com
David Willis / BBC:
'Flying saucer' nears US take-off  —  It has been called the vehicle of the future and the ultimate way to beat the rush hour commute.  —  It is the M 200G, otherwise known as a "flying saucer", which is being built by a company in Davis, California called Moller International.
Discussion: Guardian, Ben Hammersley and Slashdot
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Easy Way to Find Recent Web Pages  —  Now that Google indexes pages extremely fast and saves the date of the first indexing, it would be nice to have more options for restricting search results to a date range.  Google only provided three options in the advanced search …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Security researcher stumbles across embassy e-mail log-ins  —  Security consultant Dan Egerstad has managed to snag usernames and passwords for over 100 e-mail accounts belonging to embassy employees around the world.  According to Computer Sweden, which was able to check that some of the data was accurate …
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Inquirer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Twitter Visualization Tools Coming: First Is Twitter Blocks  —  The Twitter team must have had a Red Bull machine installed at the offices, because suddenly they're launching new stuff left and right.  —  They recently added search and Gmail import features to the service.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Enhanced Tools and New Options  —  Write Ads Right(er)  —  Let's admit it: Writing has gotten a whole lot easier in the last couple of millennia or so.  I mean, would you write at all if you had to scratch out marks on a clay tablet with a wooden stylus?  Fill your quill with ink from an ink pot every two lines?
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Portable Media: First Zune 2 and Zune Flash Shots  —  Here are the first shots of the Zune 2 and Zune Flash.  The images reveal an 80GB version and a 4 and 8GB flash model.  —  Not sure what's going on with that interesting controller, but it looks like a real button …
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Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
iPod to Zune: Heads, I win; tails, you lose
Discussion: Bink.nu
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Thailand reopens YouTube access, but with limits  —  Thailand has lifted a ban on YouTube about five months after videos mocking King Bhumibol Adulyadej prompted the military-installed government to block domestic Web surfers' access to the site.  —  But there's a catch, of course.
Discussion: Financial Times
Tnevinsmsft / Software Licensing …:
Server is on track for RTM tomorrow  —  It's been cooking for the better part of two days now.  (Stress tests) Just got an e-mail from our ever optimistic default release manager.  Dilip Pai.  Last week about this time we had some memory leaks and some other hard to debug issues that were preventing our stress run from completing.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
 
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Colin Barras / BBC:
File-sharers forced to play fair
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Casio Digital Camera Could Take 60 FPS Images, 300 FPS Video
USA Today:
TiVo takes hit from HDTV growth
Business Wire:
D-Link and DivX Sign Agreement to Release First DivX Connected Device
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Computerworld:
Microsoft admits Swedish employee promised incentives for Open XML support
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
TellThem: MySpace Kills Another Startup
Discussion: The Social Web and Digg
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Family Challenges Verizon Wireless Deal to Sell Bob Marley Ring Tones
Discussion: ALLIED and mocoNews.net
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
HP Delays MediaSmart Home Server to Wait for OS Tweaks
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Researchers develop a 360-degree holographic display
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY MICROSOFT SHOULD BUY FACEBOOK
Discussion: broadstuff and OnoTech
Business Week:
How To Make A Microserf Smile  —  While Google was turning heads …
Discussion: Mini-Microsoft
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out The MPAA Did Get Access To TorrentSpy Execs' Email
Ryan Block:
An open letter to friends and colleagues on keyword popovers
Discussion: WinExtra and Digg
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets an API, Becomes Widget Platform
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Mashable!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Gadgets that Talk to Each Other