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11:20 PM ET, September 20, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome Erick Schonfeld, My New Co-Editor  —  I was dying to announce this at TechCrunch40, but the timing just didn't work out.  Nevertheless, I am extremely proud to announce that TechCrunch now has a co-editor.  Erick Schonfeld, most recently an editor-at-large at Business 2.0 …
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Techcrunch Founder Shares His Pulpit  —  Michael Arrington, founder and (strong) voice of Techcrunch, an influential tech-centric blog about startups, is moving over to share his pulpit.  —  Willingly.  —  Starting Wednesday, Techcrunch will be co-edited by Erick Schonfeld …
Discussion: Valleywag
David Recordon / Six Apart News:
We Are Opening the Social Graph  —  Your lists of friends and connections on the social websites that you use, sometimes called your social graph, belongs to you.  No one company should own who you know and how you know them.  OpenID, which was born at Six Apart less than two years ago …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple fesses up to faulty iPod touch screens  —  It looks like those complaining of problems with the iPod touch's screen weren't seeing things, as Apple has now reportedly confirmed that at least some early units did indeed ship with defective screens.  That bit of news comes at the tail end …
0day: PDF pwns Windows  —  I am closing the season with the following HIGH Risk vulnerability: Adobe Acrobat/Reader PDF documents can be used to compromise your Windows box.  Completely!!!  Invisibly and unwillingly!!!  All it takes is to open a PDF document or stumble across a page which embeds one.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zimbra: Why Did Yahoo Buy Them?  —  This week Zimbra was acquired by Yahoo! for a staggering $350M.  It seems like only yesterday that Zimbra was the buzz of the 2005 Web Conference.  But in two years, Zimbra has grown from a small 'cool features' startup to a company worth $350M.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Hands-on with Texas Instruments' cellphone projector  —  Now that we have email, internet, TV, GPS, cameras, and satellite radio on our cellphones, our next wish is for bigger, higher resolution screens — which seems paradoxical, because larger displays almost always mean bulkier devices.
PR Newswire:
Oracle Reports Q1 GAAP EPS Up 28% to 16 Cents, Non-GAAP EPS Up 27% to 22 Cents  —  Applications New License Revenues Up 65%, Database and Middleware New License Revenues Up 23%  —  REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL - News) …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle: FY Q1 Revs, EPS Top Estimates
Discussion: InfoWorld
Emil Larsen / Personal Computer World:
Xbox 360 to get new HD DVD drive  —  Microsoft reaffirms commitment in high definition war  —  Microsoft will launch an updated HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 in 2008, it said at its 25th hardware anniversary in London today.  —  Mark Bennett, Microsoft's European business development director for HD DVD …
Discussion: CrunchGear, TechSpot News and Gizmodo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: August 2007 Search Share Favors Google, Yahoo - Microsoft Drops  —  Yes, it's that time of the month again — search popularity stats time.  Several ratings services are out with figures for August 2007, and I'm starting off with a look at those from Hitwise.
Discussion: and WebProNews
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
MediaDefender's Source Code Released  —  It hasn't been a good day, or week for that matter, for MediaDefender.  Their internal emails have been leaked for the world to see, a phone conversation with a law enforcement official divulged, strategy data used against Gnutella published …
Discussion: Bit Player, Listening Post and Digg
The Venture Skills Blog:
Stumbleupon mathematics for stumblers  —  We may be totally wrong so just a heads up but I hope this will at least give you some idea of what your thumb up is doing.  —  Audience score  —  Every stumbler has an audience score in the old days stumbleupon told you what your score was but have since taken this facility away.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New York's subway stations to be wired for cellphones  —  After holding out for years, MTA has finally caved to the public's demand for cellphones in New York subways.  New York City Transit has announced a deal with Transit Wireless, who's forking out $46.8 million over 10 years for the privilege …
Terror Watch: A Secret Lobbying Campaign  —  The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about  —  The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve …
Darryl K. Taft /
Adobe AIR Bus Rolls On  —  BOSTON—Football broadcaster John Madden doesn't have one thing on Adobe Systems.  —  When Adobe decided to share word of its new AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) technology, the company settled on an 18-city bus tour as a primary mode of delivering information.
Discussion: InfoWorld and on AIR
Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
ABC to Offer Programs on AOL Video  —  Co-Branded ' on AOL' Player Will Also Display Identification from Local ABC Affiliate Station  —  The Disney-ABC TV group Thursday will begin offering ABC's primetime programming to AOL Video.  The move is a departure from the company's long-held practice …
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
iPhone & iPod: contain or disengage?  —  Back when we had commies to worry about, someone came up with the concept of "engage and contain": eg, rather than avoid them as we'd been doing, we should trade and talk and travel there, and by doing so be able to contain their evil.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
We're thrilled about this NBC download service  —  If you haven't heard about it, see here.  NBC is going to launch its own download service where you can get NBC shows.  This is their new initiative in the wake of severing their relationship with us.  Why are we psyched?
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
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Imagini Gets 4M+ Users & VC Backing
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brilliant: FIQL Avoids Copyright Trap Through Music Videos
NBC's Silverman Grabs Digital Expert From MSN
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read
Discussion: Digg
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
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Discussion: The Tech Report
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Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Pinnacle's PCTV HD Ultimate: Laptop to HDTV in 5 seconds
Discussion: Computerworld and Engadget
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Hulu is Screwed, Part 1 (GE, NWS)
Discussion: innonate
PC World:
Folding@Home Protein Project Hits a Petaflop
USA Today:
Cities turning off plans for Wi-Fi