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12:40 AM ET, September 5, 2007

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The Official Palm Blog:
A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers  —  As many of you are aware, we are in the process of building our next generation software platform.  We are very excited about how this is coming together.  It has a modern flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment.
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Palm kills the Foleo dead  —  We are seriously not going to take credit for this, but holy crap, Palm just cancelled the Foleo, just like we asked them to!  Palm CEO Ed Colligan just posted a message to the company's official blog stating that they've decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Palm cancels first-generation Foleo
Discussion: Mashable!
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
After ditching Apple, NBC opts for flex pricing and more DRM with Amazon  —  With a market cap of$34 billion, Amazon isn't exactly the smallest company in the world.  But they are certainly smaller than Apple when it comes to power and influence in the downloadable entertainment scene.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
NBC says goodbye to Apple, hello to Amazon  —  NBC Universal didn't waste any time replacing Apple.  —  Episodes of The Office and Heroes will begin appearing at Amazon's Unbox starting next Monday, according to a statement released by the companies.  —  Amazon customers can download …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC in Deal With Amazon to Sell Shows on the Web
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire BlueLithium  —  Important Next Step in Yahoo!'s Mission to Lead the Transformation of How Advertisers Connect To and Engage With Their Customers  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) …
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Todd Teresi / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! to acquire BlueLithium  —  Advertisers seek essentially three different outcomes when they buy display (or graphical) ads online — either to build brand awareness, promote something new, or drive some kind of transaction (a lead, a sale, a new customer).
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo To Acquire Online Behavioral Ad Network BlueLithium For $300 Million
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:   Yahoo Expands Online-Ad Reach
Brad Stone / Bits:
Business 2.0 RIP  —  We're sad to report that employees of Business 2.0 magazine were told today that the monthly publication will close next week, after finishing its October issue.  —  As we wrote in July, executives at Time Inc. were weighing whether to shutter the seven-year old business …
Think Secret:
Touch-screen iPod to take center stage  —  Apple will at last unveil a touch-screen iPod with a 3.5-inch display at its media event Wednesday, sources have confirmed, some 20 months after Think Secret first broke word of the device's development.  —  The new iPod will feature similar dimensions …
Zune Insider:
Price Drop  —  Some of you may have already heard, but tomorrow we're dropping the suggested retail price for Zune to $199.  It's part of the normal product lifecycle, something we've had on the books for months.  We just got some research back and customer satisfaction with the 30GB device is really high …
Jeff Kearns / Bloomberg:
Yahoo May Attract Microsoft Bid, Bear Stearns Says  —  Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc. rose the most since May after it was named a ``top pick'' by Bear Stearns & Co., which said shares of the most-visited U.S. Web site may rise on speculation it will be acquired by companies such as Microsoft Corp.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Should Yahoo outsource search to Google?
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Panel Rejects Microsoft's Open Format  —  A panel of software experts yesterday unexpectedly rebuffed Microsoft's bid to have its open document format, Office Open XML, recognized as an international standard.  The decision complicates the company's effort to extend its dominance to the emerging field of open documents.
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Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Loses Bid in Europe For Office Standard
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft exec: Zune gets a B-; Xbox profitability; Windows Mobile's future  —  Mindy Mount, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft's entertainment and device division, gave the Zune a grade of a "B-" and dropped a series of notable nuggets about potential plans for Windows Mobile.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft exec: Zune phone "not unreasonable"
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
HBO buys film made in Second Life  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - HBO said on Tuesday it has acquired the rights to a short-form documentary shot entirely within Second Life, as entertainment companies increasingly turn to virtual worlds as a source for new content.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps  —  Rumors of an online storage solution from Google have been circulating for years.  These rumors became stronger in July last year when references to Platypus and GDrive were accidentally made available on the writely.com domain.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony edits Wikipedia, downplaying Halo 3's graphics  —  The Internet sees everything.  It used to be you were safe to strike out at your enemies via Wikipedia edits, but with the advent of WikiScanner, those days are over.  Which is why we're discussing a small edit made to the Wikipedia page of Halo 3.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Breaking: Microsoft Makes "Flashy" Hollywood Debut with Silverlight......and Extends Support to Linux  —  Microsoft just released Silverlight 1.0, the cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in for streaming video, games and other multi-media content.  The company has a number of content partners …
 
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Pushing the impossible  —  Movie studios believe they can create …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
MySpace: Hot or Not?  —  MySpace is responsible for putting social networking on the map.
Discussion: ExperienceCurve and WIS-TV
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Virtual Iron goes 4.0
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
$15 Million For VideoEgg As They Redefine Their Business
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuill: Super Stealth Search Engine; Google Has Definitely Noticed
Erik Larkin / Today @ PC World:
A Nice Facelift for Free E-mail Apps
Discussion: Compiler
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Is Comcast's BitTorrent filtering violating the law?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost: Sending Promo Emails Because It Needs To?
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
The fun never ends: another Dell up in flames
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Aldamiz / MyStrands Blog:
Introducing MyStrands.TV! Your free, personalized, Internet music TV
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone
Gary Weiss / gary-weiss.com:
Wikipedia Bans Overstock.com
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist