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12:15 PM ET, September 16, 2007


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Randall Stross / New York Times:
A Window of Opportunity for Macs, Soon to Close  —  IF you're the owner of a Windows PC who is looking for a replacement computer, the choices are grim.  You can step into the world of hurt that is Vista, the latest version of Microsoft Windows that was released in January.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Assumptions That Yahoo Mash And Other Social Networks Make About You  —  Every application needs to make assumptions about its users, and for some people those assumptions will inevitably be wrong.  Why is it, though, that so many social networks and other social applications assume …
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.
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: ParisLemon and Gizmodo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Is AMD readying three-core processors?  —  According to reports that have been slowly making their way through the chip manufacturing community, everyone's favorite underdog, AMD, is planning on launching a new line of three-core processors sometime in the near future.
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Are You Being Cheated by Digital Cable?  —  Greetings.  If you pay for digital cable television tiers, is the service as "digital" as it's supposed to be?  Don't be too sure.  As it turns out, cable companies can easily cut corners and "cheat" on some aspects of digital tiers in many cases …
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New iPods reengineered to block synching with Linux
Discussion: CrunchGear, Jeremy's Blog and Digg
Fred / A VC:
SquidWho - When A Product Becomes A Platform  —  I wrote a post a week ago talking about products that become platforms.  —  I started it off with a discussion about the Mahalo/Gnomedex thing.  That was a mistake.  It clouded the point I was trying to make.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Eric / Web Analytics Demystified:
EXCLUSIVE Microsoft Gatineau presentation and screen shots!  —  UPDATED: Apologies to Ian Thomas but I forgot to indicate where BETA 1 screen shots stopped and where future releases began as he related this information during his presentation.  Please see the note inline below and again, apologies to Ian!
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Tell-All PCs and Phones Transforming Divorce  —  The age-old business of breaking up has taken a decidedly Orwellian turn, with digital evidence like e-mail messages, traces of Web site visits and mobile telephone records now permeating many contentious divorce cases.  —  Spurned lovers steal each other's BlackBerrys.
Discussion: A VC
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPod touch having display issues?  —  No rest for the weary on the Apple LCD front — hot the heels of reports that the 20-inch iMac's screen is less than impressive, word on the street (and Apple's support forums) is the iPod touch is having trouble displaying blacks correctly.
David Noland / Popular Mechanics:
5 Reasons Nobody Will Win the Google Lunar X Prize: Analysis  —  The Internet giant and the innovation foundation have attached a dramatic reward ($20 million plus) to a still more ambitious goal (land a robot rover on the moon before 2013).  But the new X Prize may amount to nothing …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and InsideGoogle
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.
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,, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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.
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SCO declares bankruptcy after failed patent suits
Discussion: Digg
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