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4:20 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  —  The third-generation Zunes are out, but the software won't be arriving for another week.  After leaks forced Microsoft to play its hand today, we spoke with Group Marketing Manager Brian Seitz about the Zune platform …
Discussion: last100, Beyond Binary and Gizmodo
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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 …
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 …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Digitize Newspaper Archives  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google has begun scanning microfilm from some newspapers' historic archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the papers' own Web sites, the company said Monday.
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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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  —  TechCrunch50's third session introduced four companies related to enterprise.  The judges for this panel were: Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Ash Patel, and Yossi Vardi.  You can see our coverage of the first panel here and the second panel here.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Launches at TC50: Twitter For Companies
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: Valleywag and Webware.com
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Peter Thiel: Best Predictor of Startup Success Is Low CEO Pay
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
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
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
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Another step to protect user privacy  —  Today, we're announcing a new logs retention policy: we'll anonymize IP addresses on our server logs after 9 months.  We're significantly shortening our previous 18-month retention policy to address regulatory concerns and to take another step to improve privacy for our users.
Financial Times:
Sony Ericsson eyes unlimited downloads  —  Sony Ericsson is set to unveil an unlimited music downloading service for its mobile phones later this month in an attempt to stem its declining market share.  —  The handset-maker's new music product, expected to be an expansion …
 
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IEBlog:
Platform Improvements for IE8 Beta 2
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
The Official Google Blog:
Update to Google Suggest
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
AT&T U-Verse Update Now Allowing DVR on 8 TV Sets At Once
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
DEMO: HeyCosmo Blaster - Voice SMS (video)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
HBO offshoot launches Web video series
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is iPhone The Next Ad Frontier
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
Esquire E-Ink cover hacking? - take apart photos and more...
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
2002's News, Yesterday's Sell-Off
Discussion: Threat Level
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Bytes of Life  —  For Every Move, Mood and Bodily Function …
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
The Power User's Guide to Google Chrome
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Kylewar / Tales from the Microsoft Surface team:
Live from MSNBC...it's Microsoft Surface
Discussion: Channel 10
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
A Sad Fact: The iPod's Clickwheel Must Die
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus Eee PC 1000H also gets a price drop
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's Services Platform Takes Shape
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and PC World
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Walt and Kara at DEMO; finale is an Arrington jab
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Ashton Kutcher's Web Video Show: Blah Girls