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9:40 PM ET, September 7, 2007

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Josef Adalian / Variety:
Apple seeks TV price cut  —  Download costs could be chopped in half  —  Apple is mulling a plan to cut the price of TV show downloads in half — an idea that's not going over too well in Hollywood.  —  According to three people familiar with the proposal, Apple has told networks and studios …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steve Jobs Speaks the Truth About the iPhone Price Drop  —  I hate to say it, but I think Steve Jobs is telling the truth about the iPhone price cut.  —  We are so used to cryptic and seemingly disingenuous communication out of Apple that we miss it when Mr. Jobs says crassly what most businessmen try …
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Free Custom Ringtones in iTunes 7.4 (Updated)  —  Cleverboy posted instructions on our forums on how to "convert" AAC music files to ringtones in iTunes 7.4.  He states that ringtones and song files are only distinguished by file extension.  The file extension for Ringtones is "M4R".  —  Windows and Mac
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
UPDATED: RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry System Dies, Millions Without Email  —  Research In Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry mobile email system is down nationwide, according to our Sprint rep and confirmed by Boy Genius Report, which says the outage started around 10 a.m. for some T-Mobile and AT&T subscribers.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Widespread BlackBerry outage?  —  And we thought these things were a thing of the past....it seems that BlackBerry users on all networks are experiencing a complete data outage.  First reported around 10:00 AM this morning EDT, the outage is apparently blocking all email and web access to 'Berrys on all mobile networks.
Discussion: Engadget
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
ESPN Founder Hopes To Score With Sports Site  —  The Founder of ESPN, Bill Rasmussen, launched today CollegeFanz.com, an interactive site focused on college sports and their fans.  —  The site will be devoted to Division II and III schools and hopes to highlight sports and teams that have been largely under-represented.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Business Wire:
ESPN Founder Launches CollegeFanz.com
Discussion: alarm:clock
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen Tries For Another Lightning Strike With CollegeFanz.com
BBC:
US backing for two-tier internet  —  The US Justice Department has said that internet service providers should be allowed to charge for priority traffic.  —  The agency said it was opposed to "network neutrality", the idea that all data on the net is treated equally.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Justice Department Commenting On Net Neutrality?
Discussion: Financial Times and WinExtra
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Ads: Apple's iPhone Contextual Ad Was Fake  —  Remember the iPhone contextual ad yesterday that nudged the early adopters?  Turns out the ad wasn't from Apple at all.  It was from some guy from didntyouhear.com.  —  After seeing the Nokia ad—which WAS from Nokia—he decided to make a fake one, which caught Apple's eye.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
News: Apple locks TV Out in new iPods, breaks video add-ons  —  Apple locks TV Out in new iPods, breaks video add-ons  —  Did you buy an add-on display, dock, speaker system, car accessory or cable with video-out for your color 4G or 5G iPod?  Were you expecting it to work with the iPod classic or new iPod nano?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Apple Gazette and Engadget
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone Software Unlock Confirmed on Video  —  Despite confirmation from reputable sources like CNN and Engadget, there were still people unsure of whether iPhoneSIMFree actually worked.  The reason?  The lack of video proof of the unlock process.  Well, here it is, the first, exclusive video proof of the unlock process.
Spread Firefox:
Four Hundred Million Firefox Downloads  —  On November 9th, 2004, you all started a movement.  Spread Firefox, supported by tens of thousands of contributors, took just 99 days to deliver 25 million downloads of Firefox to a world of people desperate for a better Web …
Discussion: Ars Technica, TechCrunch and Digg
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox passes 400 million downloads
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Search Pages Could Include Richer Ads  —  When Google launched Universal Search, Marissa Mayer was asked if Google intends to include image or video ads.  She didn't rule out this idea and said it's natural to see ads evolving in the same direction as the organic search results.
Discussion: Epicenter and Mashable!
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Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Google Considers Video for Search Listings
Alex Woodson / Hollywood Reporter:
MTV Nets encircle the Web with slate of sites  —  Set to launch two dozen sites by Q1  —  NEW YORK — A new hub for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" headlines a slate of two dozen targeted Web sites that Viacom's MTV Networks will launch by the first quarter as it continues its "vertical" digital strategy.
Ken / Digital Common Sense:
Quechup - Rat Bastard Disease of the Internet  —  Ok, I wrote this the other day about these bastards.  See Social Networking VD  —  I immediately unsubscribed and sent them a screed demanding they not spam my address bok that they harvested.  This is an elegant use of social networking …
Reuters:
iTune Tagging Unveiled  —  The service lets listeners with HD Radio receivers containing a special tag button, to "tag" songs they hear on the FM dial for subsequent purchase via Apple's iTunes.  —  LOS ANGELES—Apple, iBiquity Digital, a developer of high-definition radio technology …
 
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Anne Broache / ZDNet:
House OKs revamp of patent system
Discussion: eWEEK.com and InfoWorld
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC proud to share touch vision with Apple
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calore / Wired News:
IPod's Next Killer App? Double Your Storage With ShrinkMyTunes
Discussion: Lifehacker, Switched and Digg
BBC:
MP3 users 'risking hearing loss'
Discussion: p2pnet and PalmAddicts
Ivan / Freelance Switch:
35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
SORRELL SPINS WEB TO 'AD' TO EMPIRE
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: Is it illegal to make my own ringtones?
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Shutting Down Big Downloaders