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12:20 PM 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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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.
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.
Discussion: Macsimum News and BloggingStocks
Ryan Block / Engadget:
NBC cancels iTunes contract
Discussion: WinBeta
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
LET'S DANCE BABY
Discussion: Digital Trends and Contentinople
CNNMoney.com:
NBC to pull shows from iTunes
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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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
Sydney Morning Herald:
Watchdog presses ISPs to clamp down on illegal net use  —  The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft is pressing ahead with its proposal to have internet service providers send warning notices to customers who have been identified as illegal downloaders, and disconnect the services of repeat offenders.
Discussion: Ars Technica, p2pnet and dslreports.com
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.
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
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?
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
 
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Amy Kazmin / Financial Times:
Thailand lifts YouTube ban
Discussion: Webware.com
Tony Smith / The Register:
Cowon strikes at Archos with Wi-Fi media player
Discussion: Anything But iPod
Vpilieci / Bits and Bytes:
Cracked iPhones on way to Canada, Rogers Wireless welcomes them with open arms.
Tnevinsmsft / Software Licensing …:
Server is on track for RTM tomorrow
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Casio Digital Camera Could Take 60 FPS Images, 300 FPS Video
Business Wire:
D-Link and DivX Sign Agreement to Release First DivX Connected Device
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Computerworld:
Microsoft admits Swedish employee promised incentives for Open XML support
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Researchers develop a 360-degree holographic display
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY MICROSOFT SHOULD BUY FACEBOOK
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: Insider Chatter, WinExtra and Digg
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Portable Media: First Zune 2 and Zune Flash Shots