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4:05 PM 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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Wants You To Share Stuff  —  Google has entered the social bookmarking market with a new product called Shared Stuff.  —  Shared Stuff is simple enough; users drag a "email/ share" button into their browser, and click it when they want to add pages to their Shared Stuff profile.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   The Best and Worst Things About Google's Shared Stuff
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.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Steve Jobs subpoenaed over stock option backdating  —  It's not easy being Steve Jobs.  When you're not jet-setting around the world, introducing your disappointing EDGE-only iPhone to the European market, you're getting subpoenaed by US securities regulators over a lawsuit concerning stock option backdating.
Discussion: Computerworld and Inquirer
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Jobs Gets Subpoena To Testify in Options Case  —  Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s chief executive, has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to be deposed in a civil stock-options backdating case against the company's former general counsel, according to a person familiar with the matter.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Is That a Nancy Heinen Windsock Twisting Over Apple HQ?
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.
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Mark Evans:
The Sad Side of the Web
Discussion: IP Democracy
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
NBC TV Downloads: Windows Only, Time Limited, And Ad Laden  —  NBC has finally revealed its online plans for "free" TV show downloads, dubbed NBC Direct, which is set to launch sometime next month.  —  The move is part of NBC's decision to pull out of the iTunes Store because Apple refused …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
NBC U: Just Because We Acknowledge the Viewer Wants Control …
Discussion: The Register
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.
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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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Zillow Gains VC and Google SEO Goodness
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New York's subway stations to be wired for cellphones  —  After holding out for years, MTA has finally caved to the public's demand for cellphones in New York subways.  New York City Transit has announced a deal with Transit Wireless, who's forking out $46.8 million over 10 years for the privilege …
Discussion: Insider Chatter, NYT and PalmAddicts
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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.
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.
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 …
Anne Trafton / web.mit.edu:
21st-century pack mule: MIT's 'exoskeleton' lightens the load  —  Researchers in the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics Group have created a device to lighten the burden for soldiers and others who carry heavy packs and equipment.  —  Their invention, known as an exoskeleton …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: August 2007 Search Share Favors Google, Yahoo - Microsoft Drops  —  Yes, it's that time of the month again — search popularity stats time.  Several ratings services are out with figures for August 2007, and I'm starting off with a look at those from Hitwise.
Discussion: WebProNews and Hitwise
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:
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Hulu is Screwed, Part 1 (GE, NWS)  —  We've been skeptical about News Corp / NBC JV Hulu for a while.  Recent news and our in-depth look into the Economics of Online Video only make us more so.  In Part 1 of "Why Hulu is Screwed," we summarize our growing list of concerns.
Discussion: innonate
 
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