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Open source Songbird to begin shipping with millions of MP3 players

While it doesn't have the name recognition of iTunes, Winamp, or Windows Media Player, Songbird is still an extremely popular piece of software. And it's about to become a whole lot more recognizable: Philips has just agreed to ship branded version of Songbird with millions of GoGear portable media players. The news is a major win for Songbird and open source software in general. It's also the...

Amazon begins offering same-day delivery in select cities

Amazon has made a name for itself by offering a huge selection of goods for sale over the internet, available in many parts of the globe, often with free shipping. Now the company is offering super-fast shipping to sweeten the deal in a handful of locations. Customers who live in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Las, Vegas, and Seattle can select same-day deliver if they...

Microsoft retail stores coming soon to a strip mall near you

Microsoft is preparing to launch a chain of retail stores. Apple has had its own stores for a while, but while Apple has a whole line of hardware and software products to sell, Microsoft is first and foremost a software company. Sure, Microsoft could fill store shelves with Zune portable media players and Xbox 360 video game consoles. But it sounds like Microsoft will work out partnerships with...

Borders launches new Amazon-free web store

While Borders may be one of the most recognizable bricks and mortar book sellers in the US, the company has been nearly invisible online. For the last seven years, Borders has basically relied on Amazon for its online presence. But now Borders is relaunching its website with a heavy focus on recommendations and recreating the experience of browsing in a book store While you can certainly use...

Paying cash for that iPhone? Not any more.

Apple has decided to stop accepting cash payments for iPhones purchased from retail Apple stores. Instead, they're only taking credit and debit card payments, ostensibly in an effort to keep track of everybody who buys them. But why would Apple do such a thing? After all, isn't cash legal tender for all debts public and private? Apparently not when the item being tendered is an Apple iPhone. It...

Hong Kong likes Windows Vista

Sure, Vista sales might not be the greatest so far, and Microsoft has already made the bizarre announcement of "Vienna" to follow in 2009, but things aren't all bad for Microsoft's bouncing baby OS. While SFGate reports on Microsoft's efforts to squash rampant piracy in China, ButterBoom has some choice quotes from a South China Morning Post report that says Vista says are doing pretty darn well...

Apple Store blocking MySpace

What do malls have? Apple Stores and teenagers. What do Apple Stores have? Macs connected to the Internet. What do mall-prone teenagers like more than anything? MySpace. You get the idea. Apparently some Apple Stores have been so deluged with people using display computer to browse MySpace and not buying anything that they've begun to block MySpace from store computers, according to ifoAppleStore....