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2:40 PM ET, September 14, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 59: Yahoo Buys BuzzTracker  —  Now, we're cooking with some gas over at Yahoo, closing in on the two-thirds point of Jerry Yang's declared 100-day March to Happiness.  —  Today, the Internet giant will announce the purchase of a clever Web site called BuzzTracker, which uses a combination …
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Alan / Participate Media:
Joining Yahoo!  —  I am excited to announce that I am joining Yahoo! to run Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com) as Vice President and General Manager.  Yahoo! is also acquiring BuzzTracker.com and related technologies as well as bringing on all Participate Media staff.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Were Techmeme and Sphere too greedy?  —  Kara Swisher at All Things D reports that Yahoo has acquired a blog aggregator — or "meme-tracker" — called Buzztracker for the bargain price of $5-million or so.  Not a bad payout for a site that appears to have been founded and run by a couple of guys.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes Tiny Acquisition: BuzzTracker
Inquirer:
Google readies PowerPoint killer  —  Slideshow program will be with you, Presently  —  SURE AS EGGS ARE EGGS, it's been known for a long while that Google will at some point take on PowerPoint with a web-based presentations package.  The breaking news is that the coming-out party for the software is any day now.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Presently Powerpoint Clone Could Be Days Away  —  Google's long awaited Powerpoint clone could be days away from launching, according to a report at The Inquirer.  —  The service is said to be called "Presently" and is based in part on code from Zenter and Tonic Systems, two companies Google acquired earlier this year.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
CNET News.com:
Web ad blocking may not be (entirely) legal  —  Advertising-supported companies have long turned to the courts to squelch products that let consumers block or skip ads: it happened in the famous lawsuit against the VCR in 1979 and again with ReplayTV in 2001.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Activates $100 Offer For Early iPhone Customers  —  Apple's $100 store credit offer for iPhone buyers goes live  —  When Apple announced that it cut the price of the iPhone by $200 to $399, there were many irate customers yelling at their computer screens.
Discussion: iLounge, Engadget, Neowin.net and PR 2.0
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The Boy Genius Report:
Want your $100 Apple credit?  Go get it!  —  For all you'z that hate the Apple iPhone, we're sorry, but news is news.  Apple just launched a website for customers wishing to obtain that $100 store credit.  It involves entering your iPhone serial number and phone number …
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Releases Details on Iphone Early Adopter Credit
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
An iPod touch ships without OS X — hints at disabled Bluetooth  —  You can argue that the iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone.  So what's an iPod touch without OS X?  You're looking at it.  That's Dave's swanky new iPod touch, fresh off the boat and out of the box with nothing more than a diagnostic utility.
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Viacom's plan to be cool again  —  Left behind in the social media scene, the owner of MTV has some new stealth projects it hopes will allow it to catch up.  Fortune's Richard Siklos divulges the media giant's plan.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Will Sumner Redstone ever get over being bested …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Verizon's risky lawsuit against open access  —  Verizon's lawsuit against the FCC open access auction rules is an enormous risk.  (This SavetheInternet video dates from 2006.)  —  Whether it wins or not, Verizon is in effect delaying the auction.  A decision in its favor is likely to be appealed …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Suing Over Auction Rules
Discussion: Valleywag and Gizmodo
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Power of Six  —  I wrote a few weeks ago about Google's attempt to influence the rules for redeployment of the 700-MHz radio band in the U.S. for voice and data applications.  Google said it would agree to pony up the $4.6 billion auction reserve price if only the FCC would first guarantee …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins Read/WriteWeb  —  I'm very pleased to announce that Marshall Kirkpatrick is joining Read/WriteWeb as a Lead Writer, starting this Monday.  Marshall teams up with Josh Catone in this role, meaning that Read/WriteWeb now has three daily writers (including myself).
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Marley Family's Vitriol Leads Verizon to Bite Back  —  The licensing dispute between the estate of the reggae singer Bob Marley and the Universal Music Group took an ugly turn yesterday, with nobody getting together or feeling the least bit all right.  —  At issue is an agreement struck …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Counting Clicks  —  Given that most of Google's $13 billion in revenue comes from clicks on ads, you would think the words "click fraud" would inspire fear in Shuman Ghosemajumder, the company's senior product manager and resident click-fraud czar.  But the problem—publishers …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Laurence Benhamou / Agence France Presse:
Google, at age 10, is the official heart of the Internet  —  NEW YORK (AFP) - Born 10 years ago, the Google Internet search engine has grown into the electronic center of human knowledge by indexing billions of web pages as well as images, books and videos.  —  On September 15 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Google Offers $20 Million X Prize to Put Robot on Moon  —  Editor's Note: Google will award $20 million to the first private team to put a robot on the moon, the company and the X Prize Foundation announced at Wired NextFest in Los Angeles Thursday.  Members of the public will also get the chance to send digital mementos to the moon.
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Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Japan, Google head for the moon
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
TG Video: Electric motorcycle inventor crashes at Wired NextFest  —  Recommend article:  —  Los Angeles (CA) - The inventor of the "KillaCycle" electric motorcycle almost killed himself during a demonstration at the Wired NextFest conference.  Bill Dube, a government scientist during …
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Dave Girouard / Official Google Blog:
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Kirk McElhearn / Kirkville:
It's Official: Apple's Stupidest Interface Innovation Ever
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple To Sell 3 Million iPhones By End of 2007
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft dodging the real stealth update issues
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
REFILE-Nintendo's U.S. marketing chief to leave
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google calls for international privacy standards
Discussion: Associated Press
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Winamp's 10th Anniversary Version Edition Will Challenge ITunes
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
TV Torrents: When 'piracy' is easier than legal purchase
Peggy O'Crowley / NJ.com:
What do we think of Wii?  —  We received responses to our Question …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: It's all about the UI
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Present At TechCrunch40