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1:35 PM ET, September 14, 2007

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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
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes Tiny Acquisition: BuzzTracker  —  There are rumors that Yahoo may have acquired news site BuzzTracker, a tiny news aggregation site, for $5 million.  Alan Warms, CEO of parent company Participate Media, will join Yahoo as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo News (a job with a bit of a revolving door, apparently).
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple reveals details of $100 Apple Store iPhone credit  —  Apple has posted details of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' promised $100 Apple Store credit for early iPhone owners.  The program is for customers who own a qualifying iPhone purchased prior to August 22, 2007, and who haven't yet received …
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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 …
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.
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.
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: Gizmodo
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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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
Alicia Chang / Associated Press:
Google to Finance Moon Challenge Contest
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Nicole Simon / The blognation:
Deutsche Telekom Buys Immobilienscout24 For 360m Euros  —  Deutsche Telekom AG has taken advantage of their call options to buy the remaining 66.2 percent of Immobilienscout 24 for 360 million Euros.  —  FTD Germany reports this news (in German) and cites "several persons involved in the transaction" as source.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: It's all about the UI  —  Salesforce.com on Friday announced a new offering dubbed Force.com, an on-demand platform that gives companies the backend infrastructure as well as the tools to design their applications.  —  The Force.com platform, which is headlined by Visualforce …
 
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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Audience Will Be Able to Shape Democrats' Presidential Debate After All
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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
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
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Apple EU iPhone deal expected
Discussion: Telegraph
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
TV Torrents: When 'piracy' is easier than legal purchase
BBC:
BT set to study internet novices
Discussion: Inquirer
Peggy O'Crowley / NJ.com:
What do we think of Wii?  —  We received responses to our Question …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Support journalism at its source
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Christopher Null:
Surprise: Social Sites Skew the News
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Linux's Free System Is Now Easier to Use, But Not for Everyone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Present At TechCrunch40
David Pogue / New York Times:
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