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1:40 AM ET, September 9, 2008

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Microsoft:
Zune Takes Music Discovery to the Next Level With New Ways to Find and Access Digital Music  —  Software update will enable Zune users to tag songs and buy music directly from FM radio and download and stream music on the go beginning Sept. 16.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end-to-end music …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft confirms Zune details  —  Updated 10:20 a.m., with pricing details.  —  With most of its news already leaked out there, Microsoft on Monday confirmed the details of its fall Zune lineup.  —  On the hardware side, Microsoft will beef up Zune's capacity, expanding the hard drive-based model …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New Zunes arrive early with WiFi downloads, FM song tagging
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zune Gets New Features That Won't Help Sell Zunes
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Top Lawyer Is Selected As U.S. Mulls Google Suit  —  Washington — The Justice Department has quietly hired one of the nation's best-known litigators, former Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Sanford Litvack, for a possible antitrust challenge to Google Inc.'s growing power in advertising.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason Google's Stock Crashed  —  We and others wondered why Google's stock tanked today.  Now we have another factor to add to the list.  —  Wall Street Journal: The Justice Department has secretly hired one of the nation's best-known litigators, former Walt Disney Co. Vice Chairman Sandy Litvack …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Steve Jobs must be feeling better  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Steve Jobs' physical appearance at Let's Rock — a widely-anticipated Apple special event scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. EDT in San Francisco — will reassure investors and boost the company's share price.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Predictions + Grain of Salt = Impossible  —  As usual before yet another big Apple event, the psychic friends network is in overdrive in anticipation of the iconic computer company's “Let's Rock” media gathering in San Francisco tomorrow.  —  At this point, I think Apple could announce …
Punit Soni / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time  —  For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint — from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores.  Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Yammer: A ‘Twitter for the enterprise’  —  I recently covered Socialcast, a “Friendfeed for business,” and liked it a lot.  It takes emerging social interaction models that people are just now getting accustomed to and adapts them for business.  —  Here at TechCrunch50 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Session 3: Enterprise
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Launches at TC50: Twitter For Companies
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show and Valleywag
New York Times:
Google Strikes Partnership With NBC to Expand in TV Advertising  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin selling ads on some cable networks owned by NBC Universal in a new partnership that will expand Google's efforts to become a force in television advertising, the companies said late Monday.
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Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:   Google Gets Wired For Cable
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL To Add Third Party Services To AOL.COM - Leaked Screenshots  —  The big portals redesign their home pages every year or so, and AOL is no exception - a little over a year ago they were roundly criticized for copying much of the look and feel of Yahoo.com .
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   AOL May Try to Bring RSS and Lifestreaming Mainstream
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
How Videogames Blind Us With Science  —  A few years ago, Constance Steinkuehler — a game academic at the University of Wisconsin — was spending 12 hours a day playing Lineage, the online world game.  She was, as she puts it, a “siege princess,” running 150-person raids on hellishly difficult bosses.
Discussion: Massively
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
NICK CARR ON WHY GOOGLE MAKES THE “COMPLIMENTS” TO ITS CORE BUSINESS FREE  —  Nick Carr has an awkward role to play in the world.  He is one of the most insightful thinkers about technology's impact on the world, but he has also chosen to be this era's most erudite technology curmudgeon.
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
The Power User's Guide to Google Chrome  —  Now that you've been enjoying Google Chrome's headliner features and speed for almost a week now, it's time to dig into the less obvious functionality and options you don't already know about.  Become a keyboard shortcut master, take a peek under the hood …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Does DRM guarantee Spore is destined for extinction?  —  Will Wright's long awaited sim game Spore seems to have become the focus of a anti-DRM Internet flash mob who seem determined to sink the game on Amazon.com by dishing out poor ratings.  —  As things stand right now …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gamers fight back against lackluster Spore gameplay, bad DRM
Discussion: MacUser and TECH.BLORGE.com
Kylewar / Tales from the Microsoft Surface team:
Live from MSNBC...it's Microsoft Surface  —  If you were on the East coast this morning or just up real early on the West coast you might have seen Microsoft Surface in action on TV.  But this isn't just another news story about Surface, this morning a unit was deployed on the MSNBC set …
Discussion: Channel 10
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
TC50: Live-blogging the Peter Thiel interview  —  Peter Thiel is the legendary cofounder of PayPal, investor in Facebook and other numerous companies, and founder of top venture firm The Founders Fund.  Michael Arrington of Techcrunch is interviewing him now.  I'll be constantly updating.
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
2002's News, Yesterday's Sell-Off  —  A six-year-old article mistakenly seen by Bloomberg financial news users yesterday reported the bankruptcy of United Airlines and triggered a massive sell-off that nearly obliterated the company's stock in a matter of minutes.
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Bytes of Life  —  For Every Move, Mood and Bodily Function, There's a Web Site to Help You Keep Track  —  When San Francisco couple Brynn Evans and Chris Messina heard of a new Web site called BedPost, they registered an account before the site was even out of beta.
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus Eee PC 1000H also gets a price drop  —  It figures.  A few weeks after I pulled the trigger and ordered an Eee PC 1000H for $550, Asus decides to drop the price a second time.  The 1000H was originally listed at $650 before Asus marked the price down to compete with the MSI Wind and other cheap laptops.
 
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Tech Blogger Om Malik Becomes Venture Partner
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