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5:45 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
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.
Tux Deluxe:
The Definition of Insanity  —  Until recently I didn't think much about International Standards Organization (ISO) standards.  I guess most people are the same.  ISO standards cover a range of different things such as pipe threads (ISO standard number 7) to shoe sizes (ISO 9407) to photographic film speeds (ISO 5800).
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Techcrunch 40 Coverage Update and a Tip  —  Several CN readers have asked me about Techcrunch40 coverage.  Many of the presenters have contacted me (and I am sure all of the other press) about coverage of their startup.  Some have sent over notes, I have gone through demos with others, and some have done neither.
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
anySIM is here: open source GUI iPhone unlock app  —  We've seen a couple of early versions of GUI iPhone SIM unlock apps from the open source community, but it looks like the iPhone Dev Team's got its proper release in order.  Unfortunately, the app's source code won't be released for a couple days yet …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
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: Engadget, ParisLemon and Gizmodo
Peter Brantley / O'Reilly Radar:
A Satellite's First Breath  —  A month ago, I blogged about the future of LandSat, public accessible earth imaging, and commercial providers of global remote sensing.  One of the companies that I mentioned, DigitalGlobe, has a long relationship with Google Earth, dating back to its provision …
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.
Federico Biancuzzi / The Register:
Attacking multicore CPUs  —  The world of multi-core cpus we have just entered is facing a serious threat.  —  A security researcher at Cambridge disclosed a new class of vulnerabilities that takes advantage of concurrency to bypass security protections such as antivirus software
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!
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