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2:00 AM ET, September 20, 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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is Hulu Doomed?  NBC To Begin Offering Free Downloads  —  NBC will start offering its top television shows as ad-supported downloads this fall (autumn) from the NBC Direct website.  —  The announcement is a major setback for the NBC/ News Corp joint venture Hulu, which was originally set up to offer this very content.
Discussion: The Utube Blog
nbcumv.com:
NBC.COM TO OFFER USERS FREE, AD-SUPPORTED DOWNLOADS OF POPULAR SHOWS
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Letting Consumers Download Shows Free-of-Charge
Discussion: Bits and Download Squad
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   NBCU To Launch Video Download Beta In October; 'NBC Direct' Downloads …
Bill Carter / New York Times:   NBC to Offer Downloads of Its 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 …
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Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google phone rumors heat up
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Does Digg Want To Be Facebook?  —  Digg is to offer new features today that will provide social networking functionality akin to Facebook and MySpace.  —  Digg users will now have full profile pages that allow them to connect to friends and share stories that may other wise not hit the main page of Digg.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   DIGG TURNS ITS SOCIAL NETWORKING UP A FEW NOTCHES
kottke.org:
Gems from the archive of the New York Times  —  Now that the NY Times has discontinued their Times Select subscription program and made much more of their 150+ years of content available for anyone to read and link to, let's take a look at some of the more notable items that the non-subscriber has been missing.
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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 …
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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Propeller Lives...For Now  —  Yaaarrrrr!  It's International Talk …
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal
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
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
BBC:
Time for Apple to face the music?  —  Columnist Bill Thompson asks whether the time has come for Apple to be put under the EU microscope in the same way as Microsoft has.  —  Microsoft was humiliated by the European Union's Court of First Instance on Monday when it rejected almost all elements …
 
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
TAKE THAT, SOUTHWEST! PASS-A-MATIC ANSWERS THE WEBWARE CALL
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9-volt flashlight: a simple, bright idea
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Forever Geek
Josh White / Washington Post:
Hacker Decries U.S., Israel On Vietnam Memorial Site
Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
SAP A1S Morphs into Business ByDesign
Discussion: The Register
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Sprint: 700 MHz Spectrum Not All That Important for WiMax
Discussion: InfoWorld
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNBC (GE) Gets Break: Fox (NWS) Aims At Wrong Audience
Discussion: Associated Press
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ourlikes, a more efficient matchmaking site
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 Earlier Items: 
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Afraid of Online Advertising?
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
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yahoo's Kay Skeptical about Local Verticals
Discussion: Insider Chatter
John Spooner / ChipLand:
Intel wants you to put the Internet in your pocket
The Macalope / An Apple blog:
Always wait for something better. ALWAYS.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Moore's Law Is Greatly Exaggerated