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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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
NBC says bye to iTunes, hello to piracy and lost revenue  —  In news that comes just weeks after iTunes' loss of Universal Music Group, NBC has officially canceled its contract with iTunes, citing the need for stricter piracy controls and higher pricing that Apple was unwilling to provide.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Michael Gartenberg:
NBC leaves iTunes - First Take
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Ryan Block / Engadget:
NBC cancels iTunes contract
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
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
APPLE, LABELS PITCH 'TONES  —  Steve Jobs is getting into the ringtones business, The Post has learned.  —  Apple is in the midst of developing an offering with the major music labels to sell ringers to iPhone users via iTunes, multiple sources familiar with the situation said.
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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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon.com's Music Service Coming Next Month?
Discussion: Reuters
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Reports: Apple plans to sell ringtones through iTunes
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Spamhaus off the hook for $11 million judgment  —  Last year, Spamhaus found itself on the wrong end of a $11.7 million default judgment awarded to online marketing firm e360insight after it decided not to fight the case due to its belief that US courts had no jurisdiction over the group because of its location in the UK.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:   Court tosses $11 million judgment against Spamhaus
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 …
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 …
Colin Barras / BBC:
File-sharers forced to play fair  —  Researchers have found a way to enforce good manners on file-sharing networks by treating bandwidth as a currency.  —  The team has created a peer-to-peer system called Tribler in which selfless sharers earn faster upload and download speeds but leeches are penalised.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's Rolly, revealed  —  It's weird and it's hot and we likey... a lot.  —  Here it is, Sony's Rolly which looks (and appears to act) just like a mini robotic Miuro.  You'll know as much as we do about it once you disco on through to the video.
Discussion: Switched, Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
 
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Cowon strikes at Archos with Wi-Fi media player
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