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10:40 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.
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.
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Tor Anonymity Server Admin Arrested  —  In a recent blog posting, a German operator of a Tor anonymous proxy server revealed that he was arrested by German police officers at the end of July.  Although he was released shortly afterwards, information about the arrest had been kept quiet until …
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Alexander W. Janssen / Blog of too many things:
Tor madness reloaded  —  Update^2: I want to point out one thing: The investigations about "computer fraud" are not related to the other case.  It's not that they try to find some other accusation to sue me in any case.  Lots of people were raising that rumour: It's not true. — alex.
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Once you go Mac  —  I sold and bought my first PC a long, long time ago.  Back in the late 80s I owned a Mac, I think it was a Mac2.  I honestly thought there would never come a time where I would buy a Mac.  Ever.  —  Then I upgraded my PC to Vista.  What a disaster.
Discussion: Epicenter
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Comcast Buying Entertainment Community Site BuddyTV  —  Seattle-based BuddyTV, a TV community site, is being acquired by Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA), paidContent.org has learned from sources.  BuddyTV took a loan of $250K from the Charles River Ventures' Quick Start Seed Funding program back in May …
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
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Phone Call and Gnutella Tracking Database Leaked  —  The leaked phone call shows that they are unsure about their network protection, their IDS etc.  One of the parties is on a VOIP connection which may explain how the leak was obtained.  —  Similar to the e-mail leak …
Discussion: Bit Player, p2pnet and Digg
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / Financial Times:
Microsoft launches a tipple for techies  —  Tonight, a select group will gather in a bar in London's Soho to quaff a crisp, South African white wine bottled in their honour.  —  The hand-picked guests toasting the new vintage are not, however, wine connoisseurs but techies.
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
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
An Offline Gmail Client: Sweet  —  A report from India's Hindustan Times indicates that Google is prepping an offline version of Gmail.  —  It's claimed that a client has already been designed, is in testing, and runs (not surprisingly) on Google Gears.  Google has previously offered …
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 …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Extortion or just a "negative option feature"? …
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Federico Biancuzzi / The Register:
Attacking multicore CPUs
Peter Brantley / O'Reilly Radar:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Tell-All PCs and Phones Transforming Divorce
Discussion: A VC
David Noland / Popular Mechanics:
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPod touch having display issues?
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD prepares three-core processors
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