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9:30 AM ET, September 13, 2007

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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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Bradley Horowitz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hacks come to life  —  By now, hopefully you're familiar with our Hack@Yahoo! program, where developers build cool tools or functionality on top of Yahoo! products.  Maybe you attended or read about our "Open Hack Day" last September (does a free Beck concert on the Yahoo! lawn ring a bell?).
Discussion: WebProNews and Compiler
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  —  Yahoo Hack days are a lot of fun, and some pretty interesting stuff comes out of them.  But a persistent question is whether or not they are much more than fun - and if any of these hacks ever make their way into actual products.  —  The answer, apparently, is yes.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Founders' Ultimate Perk: A NASA Runway  —  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.
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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.
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:
Microsoft and Sun Expand Strategic Alliance
Discussion: Compiler and 451 CAOS Theory
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Eons Announces Big Layoffs as Company Refocuses on Social Networking: "It Was Kind of Like Survivor."  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  It was a dramatic, sobering, but ultimately healthy and air-clearing scene on Monday when Eons founder Jeff Taylor called together his remaining staff and engaged …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Apparently Old People Aren't Dying To Use Eons
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account …
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).
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 …
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 …
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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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Does Social Media Make You Dumb?  —  The "Mainstream Media" has had somewhat of an antagonistic relationship with "New Media".  Journalists have bemoaned blogging on several occasions, stating simply that "Journalism requires journalists".  Once again journalists are gracing us …
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Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
Mum is no longer the word  —  OK, folks, what does this cryptic invite mean?  Suggestions in the comments!  —  Just to quell any conspiracy theories, the blanked out text is just the RSVP email address and phone number; we thought it only polite to hide them.
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 …
Discussion: zedgeHeadz and Morning Paper
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 …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco and VMware buddy up for VFrame Data Center  —  You want to put my hypervisor where?  —  Cisco put some flesh onto its scrawny "Data Center 3.0" virtualization initiative at VMworld today, by announcing the union of its VFrame Data Center provisioning appliance with VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:   Meet Xsigo and I/O Virtualization
 
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Carly Weeks / National Post:
Google's detailed streetscapes raise privacy concerns
Discussion: WebProNews
Tim Carroll / PalmInfocenter.com:
Tealpoint Speaks Out On the Foleo Cancellation
Discussion: Inquirer and PalmAddicts
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Viral marketing, randomness and the difficulty of controlling growth in social media
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Revver Pays $1 Million to Independent Video Content Producers
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Network Types, Motivations, and the Future
Discussion: TechBizMedia
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Apps Are Pointless If They Don't Work
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Chinese Official Accuses Nations of Hacking
Discussion: Techdirt
Microsoft:
LifeCams Built for Sharing: Microsoft Hardware Keeps Consumers …
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Steinway to debut its $150,000 stereo
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
MS Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 Has Something Under The Hood
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft changes Windows files on user PCs without permission, researchers say
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
BBC:
Chinese web filtering 'erratic'
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC to cable: You must support analog TVs until 2012
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo's Open Invitation
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