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8:50 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC to End iTunes Sales of Its Shows  —  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 …
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
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 …
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
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: GottaBeMobile.com
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Techomical
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Gadgets that Talk to Each Other  —  You could say that widgets (or gadgets, as Google likes to call them) are small applications that bring together a lot of information relevant to you.  Now what if these gadgets would communicate with each other by sending small messages?
Discussion: Snipperoo and Mashable!
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   IGoogle's New Gadget-to-Gadget Communication
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Race of Also-Rans: French Video Sharing Site Dailymotion Raises $34 Million; More To Come  —  If Veoh can raise $25 million, and Metacafe can up the stake to $30 million, then why not Dailymotion?  The France-based online video sharing site has raised $34 million in its second round of funding, reports WSJ.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
DailyMotion Raises $34 Million; Another Copyright Infringing Success Story
Discussion: alarm:clock euro and NewTeeVee
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
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: Inquirer and The Raw Feed
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 …
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
HP Delays MediaSmart Home Server to Wait for OS Tweaks  —  Hewlett-Packard says it's delaying the release of its HP MediaSmart Home Server by possibly months to give Microsoft more time to fix and make small improvements to the Windows Home Server operating system.
Ryan Block:
An open letter to friends and colleagues on keyword popovers  —  Dear every site advertising with keyword popovers,  —  You know who you are, and many of you are people I consider friends and colleagues in the industry.  You're smart, independent businesspeople carving out your niche in the new media landscape.
Discussion: WinExtra and Digg
 
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Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY MICROSOFT SHOULD BUY FACEBOOK
Discussion: OnoTech
Tony Smith / The Register:
Daewoo demos 'Blu-ray Disc 2.0' player
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom Accuses Guy Of Copyright Infringement For Showing Video …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and NewTeeVee
Associated Press:
Sony ditching proprietary music format and store in favor of Windows Media
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets an API, Becomes Widget Platform
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Mashable!
Business Week:
Deaf to Music Piracy
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft lays down smack on AutoPatcher service, users not pleased
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Updated: Helio Cuts 100 Jobs
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Epicenter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DesignMyRoom - Very Useful Tool For Virtual Interior Design
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
SocialMedia Opens Self-Serve Facebook Advertising For All
SunbeltBLOG:
Breaking: Bank of India seriously compromised
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Are Microsoft Execs So Active on Facebook?  Plus: Is Bill G. Hot, or Not?
Discussion: Todd Watson
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Can data be stored on single atoms?
Discussion: Macsimum News
Business 2.0:
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