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11:00 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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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
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 …
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SHARP World Index:
Sharp Develops and Will Mass Produce New System LCD with Embedded …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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
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
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?
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
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Casio Digital Camera Could Take 60 FPS Images, 300 FPS Video  —  Casio is using this year's IFA trade show to almost unveil an experimental new digital camera.  Preliminarily part of the Exilim line, Casio claims the camera will be able to shoot six-megapixel images at 60 frames per second.
Discussion: PC World and Boing Boing Gadgets
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Researchers develop a 360-degree holographic display  —  Researchers at USC have taken another step towards that holiest of sci-fi dreams: the 3D holographic display.  Using a spinning mirror covered with a "holographic diffuser," a special DVI implementation, and a high-speed projector …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Family Challenges Verizon Wireless Deal to Sell Bob Marley Ring Tones  —  It looked like a public relations coup when, on Tuesday, Verizon Wireless announced that it had signed an exclusive deal with the Universal Music Group to sell its customers ring tones from the catalog of Bob Marley, the famed reggae singer who died in 1981.
Discussion: ALLIED and mocoNews.net
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Eolas settle big patent dispute (Updated)  —  Microsoft and Eolas Technologies Inc. have settled their high-profile patent dispute over technology in Internet Explorer, according to a letter to Eolas shareholders from Mark Swords, the company's chief operating officer.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Microsoft, Eolas Settle: It's Still Cheaper To Pay Up Than Fight Bogus Patents
 
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USA Today:
TiVo takes hit from HDTV growth
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Will update drive Vista use?
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
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
HP Delays MediaSmart Home Server to Wait for OS Tweaks
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY MICROSOFT SHOULD BUY FACEBOOK
Discussion: OnoTech
 Earlier Items: 
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!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Race of Also-Rans: French Video Sharing Site Dailymotion …
Business Week:
Deaf to Music Piracy
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Gadgets that Talk to Each Other
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Are Microsoft Execs So Active on Facebook?  Plus: Is Bill G. Hot, or Not?
Discussion: Todd Watson