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11:45 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
Discussion: Reuters and Voices
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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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
HP surprises Wall Street with size of EDS job cuts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Hewlett-Packard Co. announced five months ago it was acquiring technology-services firm Electronic Data Systems Corp., Wall Street expected big layoffs from the combined company.  —  But the size of the job cuts _ 24,600 jobs …
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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 …
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.
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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Siobhan Chapman / Computerworld:
Lehman Brothers invested in IT despite credit crunch  —  It spent $309M on technology and communications in the past quarter  —  Computerworld UK) Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. was boosting its investment in IT even as it headed toward bankruptcy.  —  In the quarter ended Aug. 31 …
Discussion: Open Sources
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple's Capricious Rules for iPhone Apps  —  Alex Sokirynsky spent two months, working nights and weekends to write an application for the Apple iPhone called Podcaster, which allows people to listen to and watch Podcasts on their phones.  —  He was encouraged because he had written …
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.
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Maps announces Quality Guidelines & Reinclusion Option  —  Today Google Maps has introduced quality guidelines for business listings in the Google Maps.  Google has also now provided a reinclusion option.  Both are available via the Google Maps Help Center.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LiveBar Adds A Little Strip Of Community To Any Site
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
MICROSOFT AND CRAY TEAM UP TO BRING HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING MAINSTREAM
BBC:
Warcraft add-on gets release date
Mr. Jose L. Aguilar / Access To Medicines Project:
Secret Counterfeiting Treaty Public Must be Made Public, Global Organizations Say
Warner Music Group:
Warner Music Group Announces Management Reorganization to Focus …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
What makes Web shoppers click “Buy” or “Bye”?
Discussion: WebProNews
Scott Huffman / The Official Google Blog:
Search evaluation at Google
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook shipments begin ahead of ‘sharp ramp’
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Backblaze makes it dead simple to backup your files online
Discussion: TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Bill Hambrecht, Legendary Silicon Valley Banker
Discussion: metarand
Blaise Alleyne / Techdirt:
Is Firefox Missing The Point In Its Response To Google Chrome?
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Researcher Unveils Warcraft Terror Plot
Steven Snell / Smashing Magazine:
WordPress Developer's Toolbox
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Twilight of the GPU: an epic interview with Tim Sweeney
Discussion: Blue's News, Slashdot and Digg
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 Announcement Video!!