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11:50 AM ET, September 20, 2007

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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shared Stuff  —  Google's social side is more visible every day.  A new service called "Shared Stuff" lets you share interesting links with your friends and the entire world.  You need to drag a bookmarklet to your browser's link bar or to click on the "Share" button from a web page …
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Shared Stuff  —  Google has just quietly launched a new social link sharing service called Google Shared Stuff.  —  According to this help file, you can add links to your "shared stuff page" by adding a bookmarklet to your web browser's "Links" or "Bookmarks" bar or by clicking this button …
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Americans giving up friends, sex for Web life  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Surfing the net has become an obsession for many Americans with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
NBC.com to provide free, ad-supported downloads of popular shows  —  Beginning in October, NBC.com will unveil a new beta service called NBC Direct, which will allow users to download episodes of some of its TV shows.  With the new service, NBC Digital Entertainment EVP Vivi Zigler said …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
NBC Brings the Most Popular Word to TV Downloads: Free
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zillow Gets Mo Money  —  Earlier this week we were joking about Fundinistas or companies that the ones who raise venture capital relentlessly.  One of them happened to be Zillow, which had raised $57 million.  Well, today they called to let us know that they had raised another $30 million, bringing the total to $87 million.
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Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
Zillow Raises Additional $30 Million  —  High-tech investors, flush with cash and still upbeat about new Internet services, continue to pour money into technology companies that make money from online advertising.  The latest example: Zillow.com, the real-estate Web site, announced today it has raised an additional $30 million.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Anti-Piracy Tools Leaked  —  Similar to the previously released e-mails, tracking database and phone call this leak is also spread by the group that goes by the name "MediaDefender-Defenders".  In the .nfo that was posted with the torrent we read:
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Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:
Leaked e-mails reveal MediaDefender's antipiracy woes  —  The antipiracy company MediaDefender was under attack long before hundreds of its e-mails were stolen and exposed to the Web.  —  One of the largest companies offering to protect copyright music and movies from online piracy …
Discussion: WinBeta
Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
ABC's AOL Pact Marks Web's Growing TV Allure  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ABC became the latest major network to strike a deal with AOL allowing its full-length prime-time shows to be available free on the Time Warner Inc.-owned portal.  —  ABC shows will be available on AOL starting today …
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Subpoenaed for Deposition, People Say  —  Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs was subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to give a deposition in a backdating lawsuit against the company's former general counsel, two people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Reuters:
Apple CEO subpoenaed in backdating case: report
Discussion: Engadget
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
UK prepares to let 3G services run on 2G spectrum  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - The U.K. is considering letting mobile phone operators run 3G (third-generation) services on frequencies reserved for 2G services, a change that could mean better 3G coverage and lower costs for the public …
Discussion: The Register
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BBC:
Old mobile spectrum to be freed
Discussion: Financial Times and mocoNews.net
Nokia:
Nokia answers convergence call with Nokia 6301 UMA phone  —  Espoo, Finland - With a sleek stainless steel design, the Nokia 6301 phone launched today is not only stylish, but offers consumers seamless voice and data mobility across GSM cellular and WLAN networks via Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology.
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
Ignoring open source is costing us dear  —  Firefox, the browser that dared to challenge the supremacy of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, has just reached 400m downloads - and deservedly so.  It now claims a market share of nearly 20% in the UK and 30% in Germany.
Discussion: Open Source
USA Today:
Cities turning off plans for Wi-Fi  —  CHICAGO — Plans to blanket cities across the nation with low-cost or free wireless Internet access are being delayed or abandoned because they are proving to be too costly and complicated.  —  Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities are putting proposed Wi-Fi networks on hold.
Discussion: RSS and Hear 2.0
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
iPhone & iPod: contain or disengage?  —  Back when we had commies to worry about, someone came up with the concept of "engage and contain": eg, rather than avoid them as we'd been doing, we should trade and talk and travel there, and by doing so be able to contain their evil.
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's iPod Touch Is a Beauty of a Player Short on Battery Life  —  In the hyper-competitive world of consumer electronics, it's highly unusual for one branded product to dominate its market for years on end.  Yet, that's what Apple's iPod media player, now approaching its sixth anniversary, has managed to do.
Discussion: CrunchGear and iLounge
 
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James Quintana Pearce / paidContent.org:
IPhone To Be Offered By Orange In France
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and Engadget
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Yahoo Messenger Hit with Ninth Zero-Day Exploit
Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
Online music distributors: song licensing a painful and expensive process
Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:
Digg Gets More Social and Revamps Profiles
Discussion: VentureBeat
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MTV Introduces Causes-Related Social Net 'ThinkMTV
Discussion: Mashable!
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Seeks Dismissal of Burst.com Claims Over iPod
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Xobni: Turn Outlook Into A Social Network
Discussion: Instigator Blog
PC World:
Sony to Expand PS2 Business, But No PS3 Price Cut
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Commercial Software Will Include Open Source, Gartner Says
Discussion: The Open Road and Inquirer
David Meyer / Technology news:
SCO Group admits it may fold
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Ameritrade leak looks to have started in late '05, much earlier than reported
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Semantic Web: Difficulties with the Classic Approach
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and John Furrier
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google phone rumors heat up
kottke.org:
Gems from the archive of the New York Times
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Big trend coming out of TechCrunch40: data normalization services
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Roam4free
BBC:
Time for Apple to face the music?