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7:15 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 …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers Silverlight 1.0, Extends Support to Linux  —  "Entertainment Tonight" HSN and World Wrestling Entertainment showcase new online experiences; more than 35 partners commit to Silverlight Partner Initiative.  —  Microsoft Corp. today released to the Web (RTW) Silverlight™ 1.0 …
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Silverlight 1.0 Released and Silverlight for Linux Announced  —  Silverlight is a cross platform, cross browser plug-in that enables designers and developers to build rich media experiences and .NET based RIAs for the web.  I first blogged about Silverlight back in May after we announced it at our MIX conference in Las Vegas.
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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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 …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and Mashable!
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC in Deal With Amazon to Sell Shows on the Web
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gizmodo
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 …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:   Time Inc. to Close Business 2.0
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 …
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Daniel Drew Turner / eWEEK.com:
Apple Event May Ring In New iPods, iPhone Upgrades  —  Apple watchers predict that new iPods, new iPhone features and iTunes Beatles content may be in the offing.  —  Apple watchers are speculating that the company may introduce new iPods, Beatles content for Apple's iTunes store or perhaps …
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Code crack opens the iPhone floodgates  —  Australians are thumbing their noses at Apple's 2008 launch date for the iPhone, importing the device from the US and hacking it to work on local networks.  —  The hacks, unveiled just over a month ago and extensively documented online …
Discussion: Inquirer
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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Colin Smillie / Inside Facebook:
Following your money in Facebook  —  While the Facebook platform has taken off over the last three months, few personal finance apps have emerged with much early adoption.  While a few big brands have gotten into the game with basic portfolio tracking tools, most of the attention has been paid to lending, bill splitting, and games.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
 
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Inquirer
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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PC World:
Don't Ban Facebook at Work, Researchers Advise
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
A Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web
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Financial Times:
Japan to fight Google search dominance
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Yahoo May Attract Microsoft Bid, Bear Stearns Says
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
MySpace: Hot or Not?  —  MySpace is responsible for putting social networking on the map.
Discussion: WebProNews and ExperienceCurve
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuill: Super Stealth Search Engine; Google Has Definitely Noticed
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft exec: Zune gets a B-; Xbox profitability; Windows Mobile's future
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony edits Wikipedia, downplaying Halo 3's graphics
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications