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3:29 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
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Letting Consumers Download Shows Free-of-Charge
Discussion: Bits and Download Squad
nbcumv.com:
NBC.COM TO OFFER USERS FREE, AD-SUPPORTED DOWNLOADS OF POPULAR SHOWS
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
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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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
DIGG TURNS ITS SOCIAL NETWORKING UP A FEW NOTCHES
Discussion: muhammad.saleem
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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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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
TAKE THAT, SOUTHWEST!  PASS-A-MATIC ANSWERS THE WEBWARE CALL  —  Just in case I wasn't crystal clear in my earlier post about Southwest Airlines' new online boarding pass lottery, I despise the carrier's "cattle car" seat assignment scheme.  There's at least one clever entrepreneur …
 
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Yahoo Image Search Loves Flickr
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Who's Afraid of Online Advertising?
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The Macalope:
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