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1:05 AM ET, September 17, 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.
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 and WinBeta
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple's Retail Slip Up Costing the Company Market Share?  —  An article in Sunday's New York Times posits the following idea: That Apple, through a series of strategic missteps, has lost out on a golden opportunity to increase its market share by choosing not to sell more Macs through retail.
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
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 …
Alexander W. Janssen / Blog of too many things:
Tor madness reloaded
Discussion: The Register
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Apple's new iPod checksum cracked by GtkPod coders  —  A few days ago, WinAmp iPod plugin developer Will Fisher wrote a blog entry about the changes Apple made to the iPod music database format that break compatibility with third-party software.  Although the iPod has never officially supported …
Discussion: Digg
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Publications on Fitness and Health Head to Web  —  Magazines and newspapers across the country are building up their Web offerings in health and fitness as their specialized advertising dollars and readers migrate online at a particularly rapid pace.  —  Hearst Magazines has decided to buy …
Discussion: alarm:clock and
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 …
Joseph Weisenthal /
Comcast Buying Entertainment Community Site BuddyTV  —  Seattle-based BuddyTV, a TV community site, is being acquired by Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA), has learned from sources.  BuddyTV took a loan of $250K from the Charles River Ventures' Quick Start Seed Funding program back in May …
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Microsoft Secures Square Enix RPG on Xbox 360  —  Xbox 360 goes on "Infinite Undiscovery" with Japanese RPG  —  Getting support from top-tier Japanese developers was always challenge for Microsoft's Xbox group.  While the situation is much improved with the Xbox 360 over the previous console …
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
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.
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
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
An Offline Gmail Client: Sweet
Ryan Block / Engadget:
anySIM is here: open source GUI iPhone unlock app
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
Federico Biancuzzi / The Register:
Attacking multicore CPUs
Peter Brantley / O'Reilly Radar:
A Satellite's First Breath  —  A month ago, I blogged …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Tell-All PCs and Phones Transforming Divorce
Discussion: A VC
 Earlier Items: 
David Noland / Popular Mechanics:
5 Reasons Nobody Will Win the Google Lunar X Prize: Analysis
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft Office 2007 outselling Windows Vista?
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Are You Being Cheated by Digital Cable?
Discussion: Slashdot
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPod touch having display issues?
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD prepares three-core processors
Discussion: Engadget, ParisLemon and Gizmodo