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5:25 PM ET, September 23, 2007

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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail being tested  —  Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004, and has revolutionized the way many of us use email.  The interface has remained largely untouched since it launched, but get ready, it's soon to undergo a change in what they describe as a "New Version".
Derek Sivers / O'Reilly Ruby:
7 reasons I switched back to PHP after 2 years on Rails  —  SUMMARY: I spent two years trying to make Rails do something it wasn't meant to do, then realized my old abandoned language (PHP, in my case) would do just fine if approached with my new Rails-gained wisdom.  —  INTRO / BACKGROUND:
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The Ultimate con  —  Even if the Windows Ultimate team has fled to the International Date Line, summer is officially over.  Normally I wouldn't care what season it is in the northern hemisphere but today it proves this team is incapable delivering anything and should never be trusted again.
Discussion: Channel 9, WinExtra and Hardware 2.0
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The year of the social network  —  As long as I've been involved in the tech industry there's been the concept of The Year of X, where X has been artificial intelligence, personal information managers, local area networks, CD-ROMs, P2P.  Proclaimed by tech pubs, most likely to help their ad sales …
Discussion: Scobleizer, TechBlog and Joe Duck
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops new Leopard build, may be release candidate  —  Apple on Friday evening seeded developers with yet another pre-release of its next-generation Leopard operating system, this time a full-blown build that appears as if it could be a candidate for release.
Nick / Rough Type:
Corpse-generated content  —  Now here's something new.  The Guardian Unlimited has a story about a site called YouDeparted.com that is a kind of social network for the dead.  While you're still alive, you set up a profile page on the site, including text, pictures, and videos …
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David Smith / Guardian:
Broadband beyond the grave offers web service for the dead  —  Fascinating as it may be, the internet is no good to you when you're six feet under.  Or that has been the assumption.  Yet now a website dedicated to that vast and previously overlooked group, the dead, is starting to prove …
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
How Come No One Noticed There Was No Mention of DVD in the New MacBook?  —  So when we got the news from Cleve and his source about the new laptops, the first thing we asked ourselves was how is Apple going to squeeze all of the laptop internals into such a thin Package?  Battery optimization?
Discussion: ParisLemon, CrunchGear and Digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Thank you, Dave Winer  —  I tried to ignore the term "social graph" when it first started popping up a few weeks ago.  For one thing, it sounded like some sort of embarrassing disease; for another, the idea of having to figure out some arcane new Web 2.0 term was depressing.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to avoid sounding like an monkey
George Johnson / New York Times:
An Oracle for Our Time, Part Man, Part Machine  —  IN the 12th century A.D., when the Arabic treatise "On the Hindu Art of Reckoning" was translated into Latin, the modern decimal system was bestowed on the Western world — an advance that can best be appreciated by trying to do long division with Roman numerals.
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Software That Fills a Cellphone Gap  —  VANU BOSE is the son of a fabled engineer, but he garnered no mercy when he presented his big idea at a technical conference in 1996.  Mr. Bose's graduate work at M.I.T. involved using software to handle the radio function in a cellular phone.
Discussion: Slashdot
Fast Company:
The Tao of Steve … The column you're reading right now was typed on an Apple PowerBook G4 whose fan is only slightly quieter than a Formula One racing car and which crashes in an equally spectacular yet horrifying manner.  My previous Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) laptop began falling apart week one …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender's Decoy Effectiveness on BitTorrent Sites  —  MediaDefender determines the effectiveness of their spoofs and decoys by analyzing the top search results for the file in question, mostly movies and music albums.  If 2 out of 10 top search results are fake files spread by them …
Discussion: Digital Alchemy dot TV and Digg
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Early Halo 3 Limited Edition Owners Plagued by Scratched Discs  —  Shoddy Halo 3 packaging leads to scratched game discs  —  A lot of people will be buying shiny, new copies of Halo 3 this week, but some of them will get home to find scratched discs straight out of the box.
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Multiplayer PSOne gameplay emulated over WiFi-linked PSPs
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Micro-USB Mobile Phone Charging Standard Announced
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Symantec issues bogus warning of full-scale Internet meltdown
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