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11:10 AM ET, September 16, 2008

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Microsoft:
Zune Brings Powerful New Entertainment Features to Every Zune Portable Media Player With Software Release  —  Internet access provider Wayport enables wireless music downloads for Zune customers in Wi-Fi hot spots at more than 9,800 McDonald's restaurants.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Zune Owners Get Free Wi-Fi at McDonald's  —  Microsoft signs three-year deal with Wayport for old and new Zune owners alike: This is a nice win for Zune users, Wayport, and McDonald's, each in their own way, and it's something Microsoft can simply write off as useful marketing …
Business Wire:
Dell Sees Further Softening in Global Information Technology Demand  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—When Dell (NASDAQ:DELL - News) announced Q2 financial results on Aug. 28, 2008, it reported continued conservatism in IT spending in the U.S., which had extended into Western Europe and several countries in Asia.
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Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Dell sees ‘softening’ in IT demand
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Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Porn passed over as Web users become social: author  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.  —  Bill Tancer, a self-described …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDb  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally done what many have been asking it since the time the company bought IMDB: it has enabled video on the film and TV database/info site.  The company says users can now watch 6,000 full-length feature films …
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Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Google-Based Phone Nears  —  T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the first smart phone powered by Google Inc.'s new mobile software late next month, according to people familiar with the matter, facing off against Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry with a device that blends aspects of both.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
DECE - Lipstick on the DRM pig  —  Over the past few hours there's been a lot of chatter about the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) consortium that everyone is a member of, except Apple.  Is DECE a genuine move to make digital content easier to handle for the end user …
Discussion: Today @ PC World, Gizmodo and GMSV
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flixwagon Offers White Label Mobile Video Broadcasting  —  Last week in California, one of the most popular discussions I engaged in was comparing mobile video broadcasting services Flixwagon and Qik.  In my opinion, Qik appears to be going for the consumer market while Flixwagon is going after media and entertainment.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beet.TV
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Drudge Report: News Site That Sends Readers Away With Links Has Highest Engagement  —  There are two main reasons why news sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content.  First, you shouldn't send people away or else they won't come back to your site.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
We Should Be More Worried About Our ISPs Than Google When It Comes To Abuse  —  With the government gearing up to potentially go after Google for antitrust violations, we're seeing all sorts of press coverage of stories about how Google may be abusing its position, from supposedly hurting companies …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Audio Indexing Gets Labs Page  —  GAudi is short for Google Audio Indexing, and it's the latest experiment to be added to the Google Labs.  This service lets you do a text search for spoken words in videos of YouTube's US politicians channels.  The functionality was previously already available as part of an iGoogle gadget.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Backblaze makes it dead simple to backup your files online  —  Whenever I try to backup my computer files online, I get tripped up somehow.  It's inexplicably complicated, with most products unable to backup all my files simply — and to keep on doing that over time.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook shipments begin ahead of ‘sharp ramp’  —  The first shipments of Apple's next-generation 13-inch MacBooks have left China ahead of a large-scale manufacturing ramp scheduled for later this month, according to investment bank Citigroup.  —  In a “Company Flash” …
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Nintendo makes more profit per employee than Goldman  —  The programmers of Super Mario Galaxy will generate more profit this year than the average Goldman Sachs banker has ever managed.  —  According to calculations by the Financial Times, the average employee at Japanese video games maker Nintendo …
Blaise Alleyne / Techdirt:
Is Firefox Missing The Point In Its Response To Google Chrome?  —  Seth Godin thinks Firefox is missing the point by launching new features in response to Google Chrome.  He says the problem now is that “when your friends switch to Firefox, your life doesn't get better.”
Warner Music Group:
Warner Music Group Announces Management Reorganization to Focus on Growth Opportunities Lyor Cohen and Michael Fleisher Each Promoted to Vice Chairman; Steven Macri Named Chief Financial Officer  —  Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) announced today a series of corporate management appointments …
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