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12:40 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 …
The Official Google Blog:
The future of online video  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chad Hurley On The Future Of YouTube: We Will Conquer Every Screen  —  YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley wrote a post this morning about the future of online video and YouTube specifically.  Hurley notes that 13 hours worth of videos are uploaded every minute to YouTube (a figure we've reported before).
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Cray adopts Microsoft for supercomputer line  —  Microsoft's entry into the supercomputing market took another step Tuesday as high-end system leader Cray announced plans for its first machine running the Windows HPC Server operating system.  —  Cray announced the CX1 supercomputer …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
MICROSOFT AND CRAY TEAM UP TO BRING HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING MAINSTREAM
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and metarand
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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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:   Hewlett-Packard Cuts 25,000 Jobs After E.D.S. Purchase
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google audio search graduates to lab project  —  Google has elevated the profile of its attempt to make videos searchable through speech recognition technology, a move that portends a potentially more financially successful YouTube division.  —  The speech recognition technology was used …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Audio Indexing
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and AppScout
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.
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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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.”
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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: Beet.TV and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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 …
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Magnify MVP merges self-uploaded video with the best of the web
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Business Wire:
Best Buy Reports Second-Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.48
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LiveBar Adds A Little Strip Of Community To Any Site
Discussion: Web Strategy
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
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Discussion: WebProNews
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Scott Huffman / The Official Google Blog:
Search evaluation at Google
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Next-gen MacBook shipments begin ahead of ‘sharp ramp’
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Discussion: TechCrunch
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DECE - Lipstick on the DRM pig
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Pentagon Researcher Conjures Warcraft Terror Plot
Steven Snell / Smashing Magazine:
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Twilight of the GPU: an epic interview with Tim Sweeney
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