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10:50 PM ET, September 12, 2007


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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Office Ultimate 2007: Just $60! (for students)  —  Starting in 59 minutes, 35 seconds, Microsoft will begin offering Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for students for the amazing price of just sixty dollars.  This special offer for students only represents a $620 discount off the retail price of $680, a 91% savings.
Student Promotion Provides Steal of a Deal for Office Ultimate 2007  —  Q&A: Alan Yates, Microsoft general manager of Worldwide Education, highlights how Microsoft is providing college students with easier access to tools for academic success.  —  Microsoft today announced The Ultimate Steal …
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft says college students can 'steal' Office
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google founders pay NASA $1.3 million to land at Moffett Airfield  —  (09-12) 12:31 PDT MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google Inc.'s founders will carry scientific equipment for NASA on their private Boeing 767 as part of a deal that grants them landing rights at Moffett Federal Airfield, near Mountain View, NASA and local officials said.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Google's Founders, a Coveted Landing Strip  —  In the annals of perks enjoyed by America's corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an uncrowded, federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.
THE LATEST NEWS HEADLINES—YOUR VOTE COUNTS  —  If someday we have a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like?  How would citizens make up a front page differently than professional news people?  —  If a new crop of user-news sites …
Mathew /
News flash: Digg headlines not "real" news  —  If there's one thing that really drives me around the bend, it's when people misinterpret academic or quasi-academic studies and draw all kinds of ludicrous and sweeping conclusions.  It's something the traditional media love to do with opinion surveys …
Discussion: Insider Chatter, MarketingVOX and Digg
Nick / Rough Type:
The people formerly known as informed
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:   Does Social Media Make You Dumb?
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
New York Times Launches Facebook App  —  The New York Times takes a step into the social networking realm today by launching a Facebook application called the New York Times News Quiz.  The simple application presents users with a daily (Monday-Friday) 5 question, multiple choice quiz …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Apps Are Pointless If They Don't Work
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo's Open Invitation  —  Like counterparts at Facebook, CEO Jerry Yang plans to give developers more leeway in building tools designed to keep users on its pages longer  —  Last year it was the so-called Peanut Butter Manifesto, a sharply worded internal memo from a Yahoo! (YHOO) …
Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Yahoo to Break Open
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Are Technology Limits In MP3s and iPods Ruining Pop Music?  —  If it seems like you are listening to music more but enjoying it less, some people in the recording industry say they know why.  They blame that iPod that you can't live without, along with all the compressed MP3 music files you've loaded on it.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: False Hacker Poses as iPhone Dev Team Unlock Author, Tries to Grab $41,560 Donation  —  A false hacker going by the alias of haRRo has tried to trick everyone by posing as the "sole developer" of a graphical tool to unlock the iPhone.  The GUI application is really the work of Erica Sadun …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Internet Ad Spending Not-So-Recession  —  The latest data from TNS Media Intelligence shows how U.S. advertising spending in the first half is heading into a downturn — except for online spending, which remains up remarkably.  —  Note, of course, that these results do not include search ads …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will The Ad Slowdown Reach The Web?
Discussion: Media Biz
Mariko Sanchanta / Financial Times:
Nintendo's Wii takes console lead  —  Cumulative sales of Nintendo's Wii have overtaken those of the Xbox 360, making it the world's best-selling next-generation games console in spite of having been on the market a year less than Microsoft's machine.  —  The move puts Nintendo …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hulu Makes First Acquisition; Chinese Video Startup To Form Backbone Of New Service  —  We haven't heard much about Bejing-based startup Mojiti before this week.  They popped up in the TechCrunch Forums in January and are notable because the founder, Eric Feng, was previously at Microsoft Research Asia.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC to cable: You must support analog TVs until 2012  —  Cue the scary music.  According to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, "If the cable companies had their way, you, your mother and father, or your next door neighbor could go to sleep one night after watching their favorite channel and wake up the next morning to a dark fuzzy screen."
Microsoft Help and Support:
Overview of Windows Vista desktop search Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1  —  View products that this article applies to. … Beta Information  —  This article discusses a beta release of a Microsoft product.  The information in this article is provided as-is and is subject to change without notice.
Liam Tung / CNET
Google denies ownership of users' words  —  Google has denied suggestions that the terms and conditions for its Google Docs & Spreadsheets service mean that it owns any user's content published in the application.  —  Google Docs is part of the Google Apps platform, which offers a Web-based calendar …
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Pure Digital Technologies Introduces the Flip Video Ultra Series …
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and Engadget
Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco and VMware buddy up for VFrame Data Center
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Amazon To Launch Music Service Next Week?
Discussion: and Mashable!
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Chinese Official Accuses Nations of Hacking
Discussion: Techdirt
LifeCams Built for Sharing: Microsoft Hardware Keeps Consumers …
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Tom Freston's New Company: Firefly3
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft changes Windows files on user PCs without permission, researchers say
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Ad Exchange Right Media Is Used to Spread a Virus
 Earlier Items: 
0DAY: QuickTime pwns Firefox
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Social networking: Should Web giants buy, build or integrate features?
Internal Linking On Some Tech Blogs Is Out of Control
Peter Moon / PC World:
Stallman: If you want freedom don't follow Linus Torvalds
Discussion: Boycott Novell and Slashdot
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Sun to ship Microsoft Windows Server on its hardware
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Juno? Yes!
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google secures and updates name servers
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Microsoft sneaks 1GB of memory into new laptop mouse