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4:30 AM ET, September 13, 2007

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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.
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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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hack Days spawn new Yahoo travel, shopping features  —  Yahoo may be outwardly struggling to redefine itself after being eclipsed by Google in search and online ads, but internally the coding and innovation continues apace, according to Bradley Horowitz, vice president of Yahoo's advanced development division.
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Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo Launches 2 New Hacks - Interview with Bradley Horowitz from Yahoo  —  This evening Yahoo! is announcing two new 'hacks' that have been in development since late March.  While it is tempting to write them off as two small features being incorporated into the largest Internet Property in the world …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hacks Make Their Way Into Yahoo Products
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and O'Reilly Radar
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.
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Microsoft:
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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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 …
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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 …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Apps Are Pointless If They Don't Work
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Sun Opens a Door, Sells Windows  —  As CEO Schwartz moves further away from former CEO McNealy's stance on Microsoft, the two companies announce an expanded partnership  —  It can now be stated plainly: Sun Microsystems (JAVA) has officially lost its old-time religion.
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Update: Sun to install Windows Server OS on its hardware
Discussion: Inquirer, Microsoft and Epicenter
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Revver Pays $1 Million to Independent Video Content Producers  —  OK, it might not be time to quit the day job, but cash is starting to flow to independent content creators through advertising splits with video sharing sites.  —  Revver, one of the first sites to share revenue …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MySpace, 'thirtysomething' Team Pair Up For New 'Network-Quality' Series; Rival Social Net?  —  Another Hollywood broadband endeavor ... Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, creators of thirtysomething and My So-Called Life, are bringing new series quarterlife online via MySpace (NYSE: NWS).
Times of London:
Facebook shrugs off privacy fears with plan for targeted advertising  —  Facebook plans to escalate its use of personal data to target advertisements to individual users, despite mounting privacy concerns surrounding social networking sites.  —  Owen Van Natta, the company's chief revenue officer …
Discussion: ha.ckers.org web …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone now software unlocked in 32 countries and 69 carriers  —  With the European and Asian iPhone rollouts still months away, is it any wonder to find the little guy venturing out on the mean, GSM streets all on his own?  According to that list above compiled by the iPhone Dev Team …
Reuters:
Court stays ban on handset imports  —  An appellate court has granted a stay on a U.S. trade agency ban on imports by third parties of some mobile phones using chips that are at the center of a patent dispute, Qualcomm said Wednesday.  —  The wireless chip supplier said the U.S. Court …
Discussion: Engadget and Inquirer
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) …
 
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Andrew Lark:
The Larks Are On The Move  —  Well, it's been an interesting week!
Discussion: Unbound Spiral
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Viral marketing, randomness and the difficulty of controlling growth in social media
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Eons Announces Big Layoffs as Company Refocuses on Social Networking …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco and VMware buddy up for VFrame Data Center
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Network Types, Motivations, and the Future
Microsoft:
LifeCams Built for Sharing: Microsoft Hardware Keeps Consumers …
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Steinway to debut its $150,000 stereo
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft changes Windows files on user PCs without permission, researchers say
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC to cable: You must support analog TVs until 2012
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Microsoft alum shows his ethanol race car
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: False Hacker Poses as iPhone Dev Team Unlock Author …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Social networking: Should Web giants buy, build or integrate features?
Peter Moon / PC World:
Stallman: If you want freedom don't follow Linus Torvalds
Discussion: Boycott Novell and Slashdot
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Juno? Yes!
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google secures GoogleDrive.com and updates name servers