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10:05 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBC Launching VOD Service — What about Hulu?  —  NBC will offer its top television shows as ad-supported downloads for up to a week after broadcast on a new service called "NBC Direct" that will launch this fall, the network is announcing today.  It seems we're not the only ones scratching …
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC to Offer a Free Video Download Service  —  NBC Universal, acknowledging that viewers are increasingly moving away from traditional television viewing, announced plans today for a service that will make popular NBC programs available to download free to personal computers and other devices.
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Letting Consumers Download Shows Free-of-Charge  —  NBC is launching NBC Direct, an ad-supported service that will allow users to download full-length episodes of NBC shows straight to their desktops.  —  The service, set to begin beta-testing in October, will allow viewers to keep …
Discussion: Bits and Download Squad
nbcumv.com:
NBC.COM TO OFFER USERS FREE, AD-SUPPORTED DOWNLOADS OF POPULAR SHOWS
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Google Gphone still on the way, say sources  —  Google will definitely launch its own-brand handset but has yet to finalize the handset's specifications, OS, production contractor and operating partners, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.  —  Although market rumors previously stated …
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
DIGG: New Digg Profiles Launch  —  The Digg team is excited to launch new Digg user profiles later tonight, the first of many cool new features rolling out this year.  —  We've completely revamped our profiles from the ground up - making it easy for you to share your favorite stories …
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg Goes Deeper with Social Networking
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Does Digg Want To Be Facebook?
Discussion: blognation and Webware.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC (GE) Gets Break: Fox (NWS) Aims At Wrong Audience  —  News Corp's Murdoch said yesterday that the new Fox Business network will be aimed at Main Street, not Wall Street.  Murdoch is too smart for this to be a long-term strategy, but GE's CNBC must be breathing a sigh of relief …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch's Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earth to Newspapers: Abandon Fort Business.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rupe: Free Is Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose (and Everything to Gain?)
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone GPS Hack Works!  —  Whoa, the iPhone just got GPS.  Well, assisted GPS, but still.  It actually works.  This morning, the Navizon GPS app showed up in Installer.app.  After creating a username and login (get this: email NOT required), the free app started up …
John Spooner / ChipLand:
Intel wants you to put the Internet in your pocket  —  San Francisco—The next big thing for Intel is little.  The company has used its Developer Forum, here, to extol the virtues of its forthcoming handheld device platforms for allowing consumers to connect to the Internet.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Yahoo Image Search Loves Flickr  —  Search Yahoo Images for [google], and 70% (14 of 20) of the results are from Yahoo-owned Flickr*.  Search for [google reader], and 100% of results are from Flickr.  [horse], 25%.  [matt cutts], 70%.  [blogoscoped], 35%.
Discussion: Natural Search Blog
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Promoting Your Own Services in Search Results
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
SAP Business ByDesign: first analysis  —  SAP's new A1S offering, formally called Business ByDesign, is intended for companies between 100-500 employees, which do not have deep vertical market software requirements.  SAP believes this $15 billion market will help SAP dramatically expand its business over the coming years.
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Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet:
ByDesign, SAP introduces on-demand business
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Netscape's Propeller is Changing More Than You Might Think  —  AOL's social news site relaunched today under the new name Propeller.  No longer "the new Netscape", Propeller seems on face like a clone of a clone.  There may, though, be much more going on underneath the surface.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Afraid of Online Advertising?  —  A new McKinsey & Co. report called " How Companies Are Marketing Online" draws the astonishing conclusion that many advertisers are reluctant to shift dollars online — despite the massive shift of consumer attention online — because of the …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Techcrunch40: Conference Review, How did Mint win? and many Thank You's!  —  Now that the first TechCrunch40 conference is complete, this post will serve as my final conference review and recap.  Some of the startups asked me about full, in-depth reviews.  I am going to do my best to review each …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients  —  Names, addresses and phone numbers also at risk  —  Layered Technologies has been targeted by malicious hackers who may have stolen passwords and other personal details on as many as 6,000 of its clients, the Texas-based web host provider warned.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Business 2.0 Closed Due to Corporate Neglect, Ad Woes  —  Business 2.0 Closed Due to Corporate Neglect, Ad Woes  —  When the dot-com boom fizzled, the business magazines that covered that huge story similarly flamed out.  The Industry Standard closed, Red Herring went south, and Business 2.0 was on death's door.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Uses Outdoor Billboards To Promote Goog411  —  Photo by Mike Blumenthal.  Used with permission.  —  Mike Blumenthal took a picture of a billboard ad in upstate New York for Google's free directory assistance alternative, Goog411.  This is interesting and amusing for a number of reasons.
James Niccolai / PC World:
Google Tests Interactive Ads  —  Flashy new multimedia 'Gadget' ads are designed to draw watchers who'll share what they see.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Google Inc. is testing a new advertising format that it hopes will make people spend more time looking at ads online, and even embed them in their own Web sites.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why a Recession Will Help Google Rule The World  —  As start-ups and investors pee in their britches over the thought that the U.S. economy is headed for a recession, Google and other cash rich companies are sitting pretty.  Why?  Because a recession would make their cash flow, cash piles …
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yahoo's Kay Skeptical about Local Verticals  —  Verticals are important to Yahoo! and others on a national basis, but they really aren't the way to go at the local level because of the limited resources for local sales, says Warren Kay, managing director, strategic alliances, Yahoo Search Marketing.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
CBS More Focused On Keeping Fans Happy
Discussion: Reuters
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple's fight against iPhone unlocks may result in expensive bricks
Discussion: CNET News.com, Apple 2.0 and Digg
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Secret of Intel's name revealed
Discussion: WinBeta
The Macalope / An Apple blog:
Always wait for something better. ALWAYS.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune 2 "source" leaks launch date and specs