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3:35 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg Goes Deeper with Social Networking  —  With its audience expanding and interests diversifying, the popular site is launching new features to help users find like-minded friends  —  When Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose launched Digg three years ago, the Web site attracted a community of like-minded people.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune 2 "source" leaks launch date and specs  —  Heads up, Zune fans — some new product is heading your way sooner rather than later, and we suspect there's more than a couple of things to get jazzed about.  According to reports from a "source" inside Microsoft, a new batch of Zunes …
Apple:
Apple and T-Mobile Announce Exclusive Partnership for iPhone in Germany  —  Apple® and T-Mobile today announced that T-Mobile, the leading network operator in Germany, will be the exclusive German carrier of Apple's revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in Germany …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Google Program Enlists Mini-Sites as Selling Tool for Advertisers  —  Google is seizing on the popularity of widgets — small online tools that function like mini-Web sites — for its latest push into advertising.  —  The online giant will announce today a Gadget Ads program that will provide tools …
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InfoWorld:
Laptop vendors to offer Centrino with WiMax next year  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Several laptop vendors plan to announce support for an upcoming version of Intel's Centrino platform that uses WiMax wide-area networking technology — but Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple are not expected to be among them.
Discussion: Computerworld
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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.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
DigiTimes: Google will definitely launch its own branded handset
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
AT&T Brings Out The BlackBerry 8820  —  Look at what the cat dragged in.  It's the BlackBerry I've been waiting for, the 8820.  GPS and Wi-Fi.  Can it get any better?  Once it moves over to T-Mobile, then yes.  Specs here, but I'm sure you know them already.
Discussion: Computerworld
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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.
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Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:   Goog-411 rolls out bill boards in the hinterlands?
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iPod games must be repurchased for new iPods  —  It looks like those hoping to port their collection of iPod games over to their shiny new iPod nano or iPod classic are going to be out of luck, unless they fork over the cash for new "reformatted" versions of the games.
Discussion: iLounge and Mobility Site
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Tetris, Ms. PAC-MAN, Sudoku for new iPods released
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacUser
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch's Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch hasn't completed his purchase of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, but already Mr. Murdoch and Dow Jones executives are debating a key strategic question: Should the Journal fall in line …
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.
Discussion: WSJ.com
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Woodrow / The Ponderings of Woodrow:
SAP unveils mid-market solution...ByDesign
The Macalope / An Apple blog:
Always wait for something better.  ALWAYS.  —  ZDNet's David Borlind has a bug up his butt about 3G. … Aarrrrrgh!  —  And that's not the Macalope talking like a pirate!  It's him wanting to stick pointy objects in his eyes to gouge out the offending sight of such claptrap!
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
HP plans solid-state drives in future business laptops  —  (InfoWorld) - Hewlett-Packard plans to offer solid-state drives (SSDs) as an option in all professional series laptop PCs starting from next month because the drives operate faster, conserve battery life, and are more durable than hard disk drives.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and DailyTech
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated  —  Every so often, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore shows up for an interview, and it's only a matter of time before someone asks him about Moore's Law, and he says something along the lines of how shrinking chips is going to reach its physical limits at some point.
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
TGS 2007: Rumble Confirmed  —  Sony's controllers will shake again.  —  Big shocker at today's Electronic Arts pre Tokyo Game Show press event.  While playing a demo of Burnout Paradise, we felt something that we never thought we'd feel from a PS3 controller — shake!
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Intel to straddle fence, offer native support for both HD DVD and Blu-ray
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley throwing in towel on pan-WiFi project?
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
P2P sites ridicule MediaDefender takedown notices in wake of e-mail leak
Karl / dslreports.com:
J.D. Power: Dial-Up Lives, Broadband Satisfaction Drops …
Discussion: WebProNews
Brad Stone / Bits:
The Gated Social Network
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
AT&T Exec: Content Buys Should Reflect All Platforms
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Mac OS X version of OpenOffice slated for next September
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Ogilvy New York Co-President Andy Berndt Goes to Google
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Jobs Says Apple Will Fight iPhone Unlocking Hacks
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says that he was “surprised” and “disappointed” after NBC leadership pulled his show on Monday

Jennifer Maas / Variety:
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Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

 
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