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1:10 PM ET, May 6, 2008

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Microsoft:
Zune Expands Beyond Music to Deliver Integrated All-in-One Entertainment Experience  —  New software updates bring popular television shows to online store, enhancements to online music community and subscription service.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Zune, the company's …
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
After Abandoning ITunes, NBC Shows up on Zune
Discussion: MacUser, MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Microsoft to offer TV downloads
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Zune adds TV shows: Excited?
Vodafone:
Vodafone to Offer Apple's iPhone in Ten Markets  —  Vodafone today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe.  Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal …
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple forced into iPhone contracts U-turn
Discussion: MacRumors, MuniWireless and iLounge
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:   Vodafone, Telecom Italia announce massive iPhone rollout
Mark / dive into mark:
The day the music died  —  This is a letter I sent to my father to explain what it means that Microsoft is pulling support for MSN Music.  Tech issues like this often bubble up into the media that he reads, but they are rarely explained well.  My father assumes I have an opinion on such stories, and he is rarely wrong.
Discussion: Changing Way
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Warner Music Group Plays with the Price of Music
Discussion: Macsimum News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Lost A Blogging Giant Today: Duncan Riley Leaves TechCrunch  —  Today was Duncan Riley's last day at TechCrunch, and he will be greatly missed.  —  Duncan joined us exactly one year ago and was our most prolific writer, covering tech and startup news seven days a week.
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Duncan / duncanriley.com:
So I Left TechCrunch Today
Discussion: TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Colbert's Webby honor: ‘Person of the Year’  —  He might not get to fulfill his presidential dreams, but comic pundit Stephen Colbert will still end 2008 with at least one, uh, honor: Person of the Year at the 12th Annual Webby Awards.  —  The “Oscars of the Internet,” …
Discussion: AppScout
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   UK sites scoop Webby Awards
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
HTC unveils new HTC Touch Diamond, “not too big, not too small”  —  Here we are in London at the Soho Hotel with HTC, and we are among the first to see their new Diamond handset.  While we thought we may see three new products in three different form factors, HTC Prez and CEO Peter Chou led-off …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen to Facebook Board?  —  Silicon Valley luminary Marc Andreessen (pictured here) has been asked to join the board of Facebook, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  While the arrangement is not completed yet, sources said the longtime entrepreneur …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Valleywag
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Jenna Bilotta / Official Google Reader Blog:
Share anything.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  —  Have you ever wanted to share something that you were reading, but you didn't want to go through the hassle of subscribing to a whole feed for a single interesting article?  And what about sharing content from sites with no feeds?
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Why Yahoo Shares Lost Only 15%  —  The bottom didn't fall out of the stock after Microsoft yanked its bid.  One reason, says CEO Yang: “We have more alternatives” than before the offer  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  When Microsoft (MSFT) pulled its sweetened, $33-a-share offer …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
A Safer Way to Search  —  Today, we're announcing the beta release of SearchScan, a new feature from Yahoo! Search that helps protect users from viruses, spyware and spam.  We've heard from users that security and privacy continue to be major concerns when they are online.
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
More Displays.  More 3D.  More to Love: VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1.  —  This public beta, a free download, boasts a handful of industry firsts for Mac virtualization, including true multi-display support …
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Have We Crossed The Chasm?  —  Geoffrey Moore wrote Crossing the Chasm over 15 years ago and it's still probably the foremost framework used for launching new technology products.  Wikipedia gives a nice summary to the theories basic premise:  —  “Moore's key insight is that the groups adopt innovations for different reasons.
BBC:
Free satellite TV service begins  —  A free satellite television and radio service from the BBC and ITV is being launched across the UK.  —  Freesat is available to 98% of homes, including those that are unable to receive Freeview through a TV aerial.  —  It will carry 80 digital TV …
Discussion: p2pnet, Engadget and dailywireless.org
Google News Blog:
Related Searches in Google News  —  We're excited to share with you a new feature of Google News: related searches.  Now, when you do a search in Google News, we'll show a list of related searches at the bottom of the search results page.  We think that this feature can be useful …
Inside Higher Ed:
Mysterious Multiplication of Copyright Complaints  —  It'd be hard to argue that Indiana University doesn't take illegal downloading seriously.  As noted on its “Are You Legal” Web site, the university imposes a $50 fine for the first notice university officials receive from entertainment companies …
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Newspapers likely to be free in the future: survey  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Newspapers seeking to compete with the Internet are likely to become free and place greater emphasis on comment and opinion in the future, a survey of the world's editors showed on Tuesday.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Romenesko
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Music Bits: Grand Theft Auto's Easy Button; WMG's Dynamic-Pricing Test; Sony BMG-EMI-Amazon  —  Music and games have proven a potent combo, particularly when it comes to download sales.  Last week, Viacom (NYSE: VIA) announced 1Q earnings considerably boosted by the holiday '07 release of Rock Band …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Comcast Abandons P2P Bill of Rights  —  Comcast SVP Rich Woundy told the audience of the DCIA's P2P Media Summit in Los Angeles on Monday that his company is not spearheading the creation of a P2P Bill of Rights anymore.  Instead, Comcast will take part in a newly formed working group …
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