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11:05 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".
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Two new Gmail features in the queue  —  After discovering that Google is testing a new version of Gmail yesterday, I decided to take a closer look at more of the snippets that need to be translated for Gmail.  Most of them seem to be straight forward and correspond to existing features …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Online Backup Startup Mozy Acquired By EMC For $76 million  —  Online storage startup Mozy, headquartered in Utah, has been acquired by EMC Corporation, a public storage company with a nearly $40 billion market cap.  EMC paid $76 million for the company, according to two sources close to the deal.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The 10 rules of Twitter (and how I break every one)  —  If you follow the talk over on Twitter you'll see that there are some unwritten "rules" and that I am breaking lots of those rules and pissing lots of people off.  —  I break the rules so you don't have to.  —  So, what are they?
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.
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:
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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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: TechBlog and Joe Duck
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Finishing the fight: Ars reviews Halo 3  —  The Halo generation  —  Halo 3  —  After a three-year wait and the birth of a brand new console generation, Halo 3 is set to hit stores on September 25.  Halo 3 marks the final part of a long-standing tradition for Microsoft's gaming platform.
Discussion: IGN, The personal website … and Digg
David Carr / New York Times:
TV Remote Moves Over for a Mouse  —  Media consumers have said, loudly and repeatedly, that they want to watch what they want, when and where they want it.  Last week NBC called that bluff, saying that its prime-time broadcast schedule would be there for free downloading for a week after being shown on television.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
New to British Cellphones: Getting Free Calls for Ads  —  British cellphone users will get their first look Monday at a new mobile service called Blyk, which will offer subscribers some free calls and text messages in return for their agreeing to accept advertising on their phones.
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: mocoNews.net and Slashdot
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
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.
 
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One Laptop Per Child News:
OLPC Give 1 Get 1 Program: XO-1 Laptop USA Sales!!!
Paul Miller / Engadget:
YouNeverCall offers cash for first cell call from the moon
Discussion: Mobilewhack
Dale Neal / CITIZEN-TIMES.com:
Asheville to Atlanta  —  Netriplex broadband pipeline to connect the 2 cities
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feeling tinfoilish? $5 billion suit against Google over privacy, terrorism
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Fast Company:
The Tao of Steve … The column you're reading right now was typed …
George Johnson / New York Times:
An Oracle for Our Time, Part Man, Part Machine
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Multiplayer PSOne gameplay emulated over WiFi-linked PSPs
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Early Halo 3 Limited Edition Owners Plagued by Scratched Discs
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender's Decoy Effectiveness on BitTorrent Sites
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Micro-USB Mobile Phone Charging Standard Announced
Discussion: Neowin.net
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Symantec issues bogus warning of full-scale Internet meltdown
Mark Veverka / Barron's Online:
Google Could Trip Over the Mortgage Mess