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8:55 AM ET, July 22, 2008


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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
First hints of Microsoft's “fight back” ads appear  —  I just noticed this teaser on Microsoft's home page:  —  If this is going to be the overall message of Microsoft's much-vaunted new $300 million ad campaign, it might be money well spent.  According to the folks at LiveSide …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Vista Mea-Sorta-Culpa  —  Over at ZDNet, Ed Bott has posted an intriguing item on Microsoft's attempt to reintroduce Windows Vista to a world that seems to have its fair share of Vista skeptics.  Ed noticed the image at left, comparing Vista doubters to flat-earth believers, on the home page.
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Sandisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid state drives
Discussion: Inquirer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200.  Help Us Build It.  —  I'm tired of waiting - I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web.  Nothing fancy like the Dell latitude XT, which costs $2,500.  Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox …
confused of calcutta:
You're a blog  —  Gapingvoid tweeted this earlier this morning.  —  Coming from Hugh, that's saying something.  Even if he has “retired” to Alpine.  —  So I went and took a look at the story: The Techcrunch Web Tablet project.  Which seems to look like this:
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
The Techcrunch Web Tablet Project  —  COMMENTS CLOSED HERE.  PLEASE CONTINUE AT NEXT POST  —  Digg This  —  Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device.  This all stems back from a conversation a few weeks ago when we were discussing …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New York Times, LinkedIn Enter Content Partnership  —  In a brilliant move that's sure to make both newspapers and social networks around the web jealous, the New York Times and LinkedIn, the leading US social network for professionals, are announcing a content partnership tonight …
Margaret Kane / CNET
Targeted ‘Times’ articles coming to LinkedIn  —  The New York Times has inked a deal with LinkedIn to deliver targeted headlines to members of the networking site.  —  A LinkedIn user who works in the energy industry would, for example, be shown articles relevant to that area.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   NYTimes To Customize Headlines For LinkedIn Users
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
What Is Apple's Mystery Product?  —  I contacted several analysts, looking for sound or even silly speculation about the product.  Nobody wants to guess wrong about Apple, so what I got was more sheepish speculation.  —  Quick recap: During Apple's fiscal third-quarter conference call this afternoon …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple plans mystery “product transition” before September's end  —  During his quarterly financial results call, Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer revealed that the company will make a key “product transition” that cuts back on its profit margins to help shut out rivals.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
TiVo and Amazon Team Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that introduced millions to the joy of skipping television commercials, is trying to crack a decades-old media dream.  It wants to turn the television remote control into a tool for buying the products being advertised …
Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
The Death of Google's Patents  —  By John F. Duffy* [PDF Version (42 KB)]  —  The Patent and Trademark Office has now made clear that its newly developed position on patentable subject matter will invalidate many and perhaps most software patents, including pioneering patent claims to such innovators as Google, Inc.
Thomas Ptacek / Matasano Chargen:
Regarding The Post On Chargen Earlier Today  —  Earlier today, a security researcher posted their hypothesis regarding Dan Kaminsky's DNS finding.  Shortly afterwards, when the story began getting traction, a post appeared on our blog about that hypothesis.  It was posted in error.  We regret that it ran.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Adobe revs media player, signs up Sony  —  Adobe Systems is revamping its Media Player with a new interface and a deal that will let users of the software watch movies from Sony Pictures.  —  The interface update in the new version 1.1, due to ship Tuesday afternoon, presents users with a larger number of video shows.
Rafat Ali /
New Adobe Player Adds Sony Movies; Still Trying Harder
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe Adds Sony to Media Player
Discussion: VentureBeat
Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results  —  Revenue Up 38 Percent Year-Over-Year Mac Sales Reach All-Time High  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 third quarter ended June 28, 2008.  The Company posted revenue of $7.46 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.07 billion, or $1.19 per diluted share.
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Glue and Comments  —  Since last summer I've been talking about comments as the Dark Matter of the Blogosphere.  I use Intense Debate* for the comment system on my blog and have learned a lot by experimenting with it.  —  In the past six months comments have moved to the forefront of the discussion around user generated content.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, We Have Our First DNA-Based Dating Service: GenePartner  —  It was only a matter of time before someone launched a dating site that looks for potential matches based on DNA compatibility.  That time is apparently today with the launch of GenePartner (ok, it's not the first, but it's the cheapest).
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