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9:05 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 …
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) …
Discussion: Bits, Tech Trader Daily and Mashable!
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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
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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
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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 …
Discussion: Webomatica
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
NBC says shows will stay in iTunes
Discussion: Digital World and Hacking NetFlix
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft exec: Zune phone "not unreasonable"  —  Perhaps eying the success of the iPhone, a Microsoft executive said that the software giant hasn't ruled out the possibility of offering a Zune phone at some point in the future.  Speaking at the 14th annual Citigroup Technology Conference …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft exec: Zune gets a B-; Xbox profitability; Windows Mobile's future
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Why Microsoft deserved to lose the OOXML standards vote
Aldamiz / MyStrands Blog:
Introducing MyStrands.TV!  Your free, personalized, Internet music TV  —  We are happy to present MyStrands.TV... a free, personalized, Internet music television, with countless channels featuring great music videos and concert footage just for you.  —  Get ready to spend hours and hours in front of your computer.
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.
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.
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications  —  Site's Growing Ranks  —  Seen as Potential Source  —  Of Revenue, Customers  —  Another online gold rush is on.  Entrepreneurs are scrambling to create small software programs for Facebook Inc.'s social-networking site and grab footholds in its emerging economy.
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.
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
 
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
New PlayStation 3 Firmware 1.92 Released
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Should Yahoo outsource search to Google?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Live from Moscone Center with Apple Wednesday morning
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Source code standoff in breathalyzer case
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
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Adam Pasick / Reuters:
HBO buys film made in Second Life
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Mass Firings: Estimating Financial Impact
Discussion: Valleywag
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile …
Lisa Sounio / Dopplr Blog:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPod is growing up  —  reporter's notebook If Apple …