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8:00 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.
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 …
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
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC to Offer Downloads of Its Shows
Discussion: MacUser
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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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.
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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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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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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.
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
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
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 …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Semantic Web: Difficulties with the Classic Approach  —  Summary: The original vision of the semantic web as a layer on top of the current web, annotated in a way that computers can "understand," is certainly grandiose and intriguing.  Yet, for the past decade it has been a kind of academic exercise rather than a practical technology.
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.
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
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
 
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David Meyer / Technology news:
SCO Group admits it may fold
Steven Walton / TechSpot News:
Enemy Territory : Quake Wars performance in-depth
Discussion: Inquirer and Neowin.net
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
A game of cat and mouse: The iPhone, Steve Jobs and an army of blind hackers
Janak Parekh / Pocket PC Thoughts:
Upcoming Samsung Pocket PC with Mouse Pointer?
Discussion: the::unwired and IntoMobile
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
Discussion: Computerworld
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Sprint: 700 MHz Spectrum Not All That Important for WiMax
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ourlikes, a more efficient matchmaking site
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPhone GPS Hack Works!
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Afraid of Online Advertising?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Web host breach may have exposed passwords for 6,000 clients
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Techcrunch40: Conference Review, How did Mint win? and many Thank You's!
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yahoo's Kay Skeptical about Local Verticals
Discussion: Insider Chatter