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10:15 AM ET, September 15, 2007


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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Invites Us Into Mash, Its New Social Network  —  A little more than two months after we first reported rumors about Yahoo's new social network Mosh, the company has given us a preview of a social network with a slightly different name: Mash.  —  The service includes features common to Facebook, MySpace, and My Yahoo.
The Biggest Ever BitTorrent Leak: MediaDefender Internal Emails Go Public  —  When we reported in July that an Anti-Piracy Gang Launches their own Video Download Site to Trap People and that the company was called Media Defender and, as anyone who aims to be a credible news resource would, we checked and double checked our sources.
Discussion: The Pirate Bay and Digg
SCO declares bankruptcy after failed patent suits  —  Service provider SCO Group ended a major phase in the history of both UNIX and Linux today by declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy, forcing the company to reorganize before it can resume normal business.  The sometimes scorned company …
Discussion: Digg
Will / ipodminusitunes:
Apple cuts us off  —  So, it's finally happened.  Unhappy with other media players being better than iTunes, Apple have apparently decided to stop them from working with the new range of iPods.  —  Who does this affect?  —  This affects Linux users - there's no iTunes for Linux …
Robin Wauters / blognation Belgium:
First Look at Microsoft's Free Web Analytics Tool 'Gatineau' (With Slides)  —  I wasn't expecting any notable announcements at Web Analytics Day, an annual industry conference organized by Brussels-based web analytics agency OX2, but when Ian Thomas (Director at Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions) …
Google calls for web privacy laws  —  Search site Google has called on governments and business to agree a basic set of global privacy rules.  —  Without global standards the health of the internet was at risk, the firm's privacy chief Peter Fleischer told a UN agency conference in Strasbourg.
Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Fleischer / Google Public Policy Blog:
Call for global privacy standards  —  As I've noted before, everyone has a right to privacy online — and governments have an obligation to keep their citizens safe.  Yet despite the international scope of even the most ordinary Internet activity, the majority of the world's countries offer virtually …
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Brightcove Narrows Focus  —  NEW YORK While it once had ambitions to compete with YouTube for viewers and ad networks for media dollars, Brightcove is now focusing squarely on its video technology.  —  As part of that push, the company will cease to develop its less than one-year-old video portal …
Discussion: Online Video Watch and
David Kaplan /
Brightcove Ends Development Of Video Portal To Focus On Publishing Services
Discussion: Contentinople
Scott Woolley / Forbes:
The iFlop  —  Steve Jobs tried to design —and dictate—the future of television.  Here's how he failed.  —  Steve Jobs, the Silicon Valley Svengali who gave the world geek chic in the form of the iPod, iTunes and the iPhone, looked ready to do it yet again last summer when he offered …
Discussion: MacDailyNews, MacUser and iLounge
Associated Press:
The $100 laptop now the $188 laptop  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — The vaunted "$100 laptop" that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept.  —  Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, and Slashdot
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD prepares three-core processors  —  Tri and tri again  —  THERE HAVE BEEN back channel stories floating around for weeks about tri-core AMD CPUs, but nothing solid.  The rumours have been picking up more steam, and now they are finally solid: AMD is doing a three-core chip.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Liza Ma / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Subscriber stats and more  —  We're unrolling some exciting new features in Webmaster Tools.  —  First of all, subscriber stats are now available.  Webmaster Tools now show feed publishers the number of aggregated subscribers you have from Google services such as Google Reader, iGoogle, and Orkut.
Google Code:
Google welcomes ISO decision on OOXML  —  Google welcomes the ISO decision to not approve the fast track of Office Open XML (OOXML) proposed standard DIS 29500 (ECMA 376).  —  Our engineers conducted an independent analysis of the OOXML specification and found several areas of concern …
Discussion: WinBeta and Digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft has changed (some of) its monopolistic ways  —  On September 17, the European Court of First Instance will decide whether or not to overturn the European Commission's 2004 antitrust ruling against Microsoft.  A number of company watchers are painting the ruling as a watershed event …
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Power of Six  —  I wrote a few weeks ago about Google's attempt …