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10:10 AM ET, September 14, 2007

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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick:
I've left my day job to blog at Read/WriteWeb  —  I'm excited to announce that my work life is changing; I've resigned as Director of Content at SplashCast and joined the team at the excellent web 2.0 industry news blog Read/WriteWeb.  I'll also be putting a new level of time and energy …
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).
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Suing Over Auction Rules  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (Bloomberg News) — Verizon Wireless has sued the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to overturn auction rules requiring the buyers of some airwaves to make their networks compatible with any device.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon unhappy with 700MHz open access requirements, sues FCC
Discussion: Techdirt, Inquirer and Digg
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.
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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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Present At TechCrunch40  —  We just got permission to post this - On top of everything else we've got planned, Google will present something at TechCrunch40 next week.  Like the AOL and Yahoo product launches, it will not be eligible for the $50,000 top prize awarded to the best new startup product.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Baffling New Phenomenon: Customized Ringtones  —  At last week's presentation for journalists in California, Apple unveiled a refreshed iPod lineup and several secondary developments.  One of them, which I didn't have room to cover in my iPod review today, involves the availability of custom ringtones for the iPhone.
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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
Peggy O'Crowley / NJ.com:
What do we think of Wii?  —  We received responses to our Question of the Week about the new gun-like remote wand that Wii is planning to unveil for its first-person shooter games.  —  Most people think it's a bone-headed idea.  —  "Great, this is what we need.  Children with guns learning how to aim and shoot.
BBC:
BT set to study internet novices  —  BT is setting up an initiative to find out why some people resist using the internet.  —  The project will employ psychologists to closely study a small group of people to reveal what stops them joining the net-using majority.
Discussion: Inquirer
Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
Prince to sue YouTube, eBay over music use  —  LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Prince plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."  —  The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain," "1999" and "When Doves Cry" …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Viacom And Social Project Launch Broad Decentralized Social Network Called Flux  —  It turns out the rumors of a Viacom investment and partnership with social network Tagworld were accurate.  Viacom invested a reported $40 million in the company for a minority stake (Tagworld was previously funded …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
IS MTV WORKING ON A BRANDED SOCIAL NETWORK?
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Slashdot
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Google proposes global privacy standard  —  While Google is leading a charge to create a global privacy standard for how companies protect consumer data, the search giant is recommending that remedies focus on whether a person was actually harmed by having the information exposed.
Discussion: paidContent.org and The Register
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Apple EU iPhone deal expected
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Business Unit Reorganizes, Sheds Group Publishers
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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