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2:20 PM ET, September 12, 2007

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Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Microsoft sneaks 1GB of memory into new laptop mouse  —  Microsoft has a handful of new laptop mice the company wants you to know about this morning.  And while Microsoft isn't usually the first brand name that springs to mind when you think of computer hardware (software's another story) …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft unleashes 2 LifeCams and 3 Mice, we've got the hands-on to prove it
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Office Ultimate 2007: Just $60! (for students)  —  Starting in 59 minutes, 35 seconds, Microsoft will begin offering Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for students for the amazing price of just sixty dollars.  This special offer for students only represents a $620 discount off the retail price of $680, a 91% savings.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft pushing Office 2007 with promos galore
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iUnlock released: the first free, open source iPhone SIM unlock software  —  It looks like the battle's officially over between iPhoneSIMfree and the numerous unique groups of open source hackers trying to software SIM unlock the iPhone.  As we've been following in our previous post on the topic …
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Journalism.org:
THE LATEST NEWS HEADLINES—YOUR VOTE COUNTS  —  If someday we have a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like?  How would citizens make up a front page differently than professional news people?  —  If a new crop of user-news sites …
Palm - Company:
Palm Launches Treo 500v on Windows Mobile 6 for Vodafone Customers  —  Mobile High Speed 3G/UMTS Internet Access and Multiple Forms of Communication Combined in One Compact Handset  —  Palm Europe Ltd today announced the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 500v smartphone which combines multiple forms …
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Palm Announces Treo 500V With WM6
Discussion: PC World
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google secures GoogleDrive.com and updates name servers  —  Google already owns GDrive.com, but it's unlikely that will be the final name of the service.  Like Gmail is technically "Google Mail", the real name for GDrive will likely be "Google Drive".  So that got me wondering about the domain "GoogleDrive.com".
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
BBC:
Phone cancer doubts remain  —  The long-term cancer risk of mobile phone use cannot be ruled out, experts have concluded.  —  A major six-year research programme found a "hint" of a higher cancer risk.  —  But the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHRP) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hulu Makes First Acquisition; Chinese Video Startup To Form Backbone Of New Service  —  We haven't heard much about Bejing-based startup Mojiti before this week.  They popped up in the TechCrunch Forums in January and are notable because the founder, Eric Feng, was previously at Microsoft Research Asia.
Business Wire:
Idearc Media Acquires LocalSearch.com URL; Makes Strategic Investment in AmericanTowns.com  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Idearc Media Corp., home to Superpages.com® and publisher of the Verizon® Yellow Pages, has acquired the LocalSearch.com URL and made a strategic investment in AmericanTowns.com …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Disgruntled investors aim to derail Acer-Gateway deal  —  Some investors aren't so excited about Acer's acquisition of Gateway, as evidenced by a pair of lawsuits filed since the deal was announced late last month.  Both of the lawsuits seek to keep the merger from going forward …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
cabel.name:
Coda Toolbar and the Three Pixel Conundrum  —  (Which, by the way, would make a great band name.)  —  The toolbar in Coda — it doesn't seem so special, does it?  In fact, you might not have even noticed that it's any different than any other toolbar on the Mac.  But oh, my friend, you would be ever so wrong.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Report: MMORPGs revenues to explode over next few years  —  The online gaming space is growing.  While some analysts are saying that games with strong online components make more money than games without, the "Online Games: Global Market Forecast" report by Strategy Analytics goes further …
Discussion: EMAC
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Sun Expand Strategic Alliance  —  Sun to become Windows Server OEM and companies to collaborate on cross-platform virtualization.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT") and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq "JAVA") today announced that Sun has signed on as a Windows Server® OEM.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
NYT: August Ads Drop -3.2%  —  The New York Times (NYT) ad business is still dwindling away, but the rate of decline actually moderated slightly in August.  And thanks to a circulation price hike, overall revenue increased 0.6%.  —  Overall, the story remains the same.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
 
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Karl / dslreports.com:
Cable Wins Some, Loses Some At FCC
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Paul Hales / Inquirer:
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Windows Vista Crippled By WGA (Again)
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fairlight's $28,000 XYNERGI keyboard makes Optimus look Minimus
Discussion: Crave
Ian Morris / Crave: The gadget blog:
Say hello to CH-DVD and a 51GB HD DVD
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia Gaming Launches With 250,000 Articles
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 Earlier Items: 
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Flip Video Ultra Camcorder Makes Love To YouTube
PC World:
Square Enix Endorses Xbox 360
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Appeals Court: Hacking your DirecTV not the same as commercial piracy
Discussion: LawGeek
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ways in Which iTunes's Just-Released Official Ringtone Support …
Discussion: Wired News and Infinite Loop
Nokia:
AT&T and Nokia deliver speed and elegance with the Nokia 6555 phone
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Graph: Concepts and Issues
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Amazon dangles seed money for Web services start-ups
John Schwartz / New York Times:
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