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8:40 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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Is Hulu Doomed? NBC To Begin Offering Free Downloads
Discussion: The Utube Blog
nbcumv.com:
NBC.COM TO OFFER USERS FREE, AD-SUPPORTED DOWNLOADS OF POPULAR SHOWS
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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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
DIGG: New Digg Profiles Launch
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   DIGG TURNS ITS SOCIAL NETWORKING UP A FEW NOTCHES
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Does Digg Want To Be Facebook?
Discussion: blognation
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and broadstuff
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.
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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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.
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: Hear 2.0
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Google phone rumors heat up  —  According to a variety of sources, the Google phone rumor is starting to really take shape, and if we're lucky, it may even come true.  Information gathered from Digitimes, GigaOm, CrunchGear, and more, hints at Google perhaps closely working …
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
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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
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:
Discussion: Slyck
BBC:
Old mobile spectrum to be freed  —  Old mobile phone frequencies in the UK could get a new lease of life thanks to proposals by regulator Ofcom.  —  The telecommunications watchdog wants to loosen restrictions on who can use the portion of spectrum currently reserved for second-generation mobiles.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Big trend coming out of TechCrunch40: data normalization services  —  Big trend coming out of TechCrunch40: data normalization services like Mint, Cake, TripIt, and Clickable.  —  DMS is a new category (I think I just named it) in which companies pull in data from 3rd parties, normalize (clean) it, and then leverage it.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Roam4free
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 …
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.
Discussion: Things That
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Ameritrade leak looks to have started in late '05, much earlier than reported  —  E-mails obtained by Network World show that Ameritrade received explicit and repeated warnings from an IT security expert starting Jan. 9, 2006 that its customer data had apparently been compromised …
Discussion: Inquirer and Valleywag
 
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Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients
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