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12:05 PM 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 …
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.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Google audio search graduates to lab project
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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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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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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.
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.
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
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
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Digital music - who can beat iTunes?  —  Every day seems to bring a new announcement from the world of digital music.  Yesterday it was the ailing Napster subscription service being bought by Best Buy (sorry, too much alliteration).  —  Today it's the UK's 7digital trumpeting deals …
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google to World Association of Newspapers: Sure Your Acronym's Not ‘WAAAGH!’  ?  —  Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond says the company's proposed search advertising partnership with Yahoo won't increase Google's share of search traffic.  But no one appears to be taking him at his word.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Bill Hambrecht, Legendary Silicon Valley Banker  —  Last night I watched with morbid fascination as a group of talking heads on CNBC discussed the fall (and subsequent bankruptcy) of Lehman Brothers, the 158-year-old firm that survived the Great Depression, two world wars …
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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.
 
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dailymobile.se:
HTC Touch Diamond in new color - White
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileCrunch
The Official Google Blog:
The future of online video
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Business Wire:
Best Buy Reports Second-Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.48
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Maps announces Quality Guidelines & Reinclusion Option
BBC:
Warcraft add-on gets release date
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
What makes Web shoppers click “Buy” or “Bye”?
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Huffman / The Official Google Blog:
Search evaluation at Google
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook shipments begin ahead of ‘sharp ramp’
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
We Should Be More Worried About Our ISPs Than Google When It Comes To Abuse
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Backblaze makes it dead simple to backup your files online
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
DECE - Lipstick on the DRM pig
Blaise Alleyne / Techdirt:
Is Firefox Missing The Point In Its Response To Google Chrome?
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