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9:30 PM ET, September 4, 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!
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).
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:   Yahoo Expands Online-Ad Reach
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo To Acquire Online Behavioral Ad Network BlueLithium For $300 Million
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Internet radio iPods due Wednesday?
Discussion: Scripting News
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
NBC says shows will stay in iTunes
Discussion: Digital World and Hacking NetFlix
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"
Reuters:   Microsoft says a Zune phone 'not unreasonable'
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.
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
ISO votes to reject Microsoft's OOXML as standard  —  (InfoWorld) - Microsoft Corp. has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization.
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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 …
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
iPhone Becomes Leading U.S. Smart Phone Model in July  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone outsold all smart phones in the United States during July, and equaled the sales of the most popular feature phone, according to iSuppli Corp. The iPhone accounted for 1.8 percent of all mobile-handset unit sales to U.S. consumers during July.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist  —  The tech giant's startup investments are narrowing opportunities for VCs.  Other corporations are upping their venture investing, too  —  Just as it has done to companies in the software, publishing, and advertising industries, Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists.
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.
Discussion: WebProNews, SMC, Maxconsole, Gawker and Digg
Gary Weiss / gary-weiss.com:
Wikipedia Bans Overstock.com  —  This appears to be a two-items-on-Overstock.com day.  Well, it's not for nothing that they call this sleazy Internet retailer "the gift that keeps on giving."  —  It seems that one of Judd Bagley's "black ops" targets, Wikipedia, is getting sick and tired of being abused and spammed by this company.
 
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
$15 Million For VideoEgg As They Redefine Their Business
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
New PlayStation 3 Firmware 1.92 Released
Discussion: TechSpot News and Joystiq
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Should Yahoo outsource search to Google?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuill: Super Stealth Search Engine; Google Has Definitely Noticed
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?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
The fun never ends: another Dell up in flames
Discussion: Tech Blog and Digg
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
HBO buys film made in Second Life
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Aldamiz / MyStrands Blog:
Introducing MyStrands.TV! Your free, personalized, Internet music TV
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Next 'Great Pyramid' made in Germany?
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Web Strategy: What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter
Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile …
Lisa Sounio / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr Receives Funding from Premier International Team: Varsavsky …