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6:55 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".
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: Digg
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Corpse-generated content  —  Now here's something new.  The Guardian Unlimited has a story about a site called 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 …
David Smith / Guardian:
Broadband beyond the grave offers web service for the dead
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
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to avoid sounding like an monkey  —  A few weeks ago a well-respected developer wrote a blog post about something he called the "social graph."  A graph, to most people, is a diagram like the one on the right, which plots the value of a stock over time.  For 99.99 percent of the people this is what a graph is.
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.
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
Dale Neal /
Asheville to Atlanta  —  Netriplex broadband pipeline to connect the 2 cities  —  ASHEVILLE — Cars rush along the interstates between Asheville and Atlanta in a matter of hours, but that's a snail's pace in the information economy when data is needed in less than a second.
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feeling tinfoilish? $5 billion suit against Google over privacy, terrorism  —  When you think of dark, shadowy entities with far-reaching influence and perhaps a sinister design on the future, you don't normally think of Google.  Historically, it has been the NSA, the CIA, Mossad …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
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