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10:30 PM ET, August 21, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Enlists Jerry Seinfeld In Its Ad Battle Against Apple  —  Microsoft Corp., weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple Inc.'s advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld.  —  The software giant's new $300 million advertising campaign, devised by a newly hired ad agency, has been closely guarded.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mac-Loving Seinfeld Endorsing Microsoft For $10 Million  —  In an effort to promote its poxy Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft is paying Jerry Seinfeld $10 million for an endorsement, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning.  Yes, because if there's one surefire …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twenty Thoughts About a Microsoft Ad Campaign I Haven't Seen Yet
Discussion: TG Daily
Polvi / Extend Firefox:
Announcing the Extend Firefox 3 Winners  —  Extend Firefox 3 has wrapped up and we're very excited to announce the winners!  We received well over 100 entries, representing hundreds of hours of hard work from people around the world.  —  This contest had an extraordinary group of judges …
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:   Mozilla Crowns Best Firefox 3 Extensions
Synthy / Photosynth Blog:
Photosynth: Yikes!  —  We have been abolsutely overwhlemed by demand, and have turned Photosynth.com into a special static/read-only mode for the moment.  The team is hard at work adding capacity and getting the full site back online.  We've been under incredible demand since we released just over 12 hours ago.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What Facebook's New ‘Engagement Advertising’ Means to Brands  —  Update: Only a few brands will trial these new ads, after testing, will then be broadly released later in the year.  —  A few days ago, I had a private briefing before the press with Tim Kendall, Director of Monetization at Facebook …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Facebook adds more social features to ads
Grant Gross / PC World:
Comcast: No New Traffic Management Plan Yet  —  Comcast has made no final decisions on how to manage network congestion, despite news reports Wednesday that it will slow traffic for heavy users for up to 20 minutes during times of peak network use.  —  Comcast has been looking …
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Comcast Does About-Face: Declares Love for P2P
Discussion: CircleID and GigaOM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast to slow down heaviest 'Net users to DSL speeds
Discussion: TechSpot
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Video: BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone Web Browser Showdown (It Gets Ugly)  —  We've seen the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone head-to-head before, as well as the Bold's greatly improved browsing powers over past BlackBerrys, but not side-by-side in a web browser race.  It actually gets pretty ugly, uglier than we thought it would.
Sarah Lacy:
6% Can Be a Lot More Than You Think  —  Earlier this week, Paisano created quite a stir with his review of Y Combinator's demo day.  The reaction certainly shocked me, as I thought it was a pretty balanced piece.  He gave Y Combinator credit for a lot of Web innovation while bringing …
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Welcome, Freshmen.  Have an iPod.  —  Taking a step that professors may view as a bit counterproductive, some universities are doling out Apple iPhones and Internet-capable iPods to students.  —  The always-on Internet devices raise some novel possibilities, like tracking where students congregate.
Discussion: MacUser, Switched, TeleRead and TUAW
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:   iPhone takes seats across US university campuses
Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel cuts phone-as-modem pricing from $50 to $15 per month  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is providing another possible incentive for customers to stick around, knocking $35 off one of its monthly plan offerings — but shoppers will need to check the fine print.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Woz urges engineers to follow their hearts  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Steve Wozniak got his start as a down-to-earth engineer, but the Apple co-founder made the case for keeping your head in the clouds sometimes.  —  In an on-stage interview with Tech Nation's Moira Gunn here at the Intel Developer Forum …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Mac Observer
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple may report unprecedented 3 million Mac quarter  —  The investment banking division of the Royal Bank of Canada said Thursday that Apple's back-to-school promotion is showing signs that it will drive the company to a record-smashing quarter in which sales of Macs could exceed 3 million.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Fair use gets a fair shake: YouTube tot to get day in court  —  The saga of the copyright-infringing toddler continues as a California court refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that Universal Music had filed an improper takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Easy Way To Retrieve The Entire MobileMe User Email List  —  Creating email spam lists is a multi-billion dollar business.  Most webmail providers long ago closed a number of the more obvious methods spammers used to put together their lists in an automated way.
Chris Borowski / Reuters:
Actors paid to line up for iPhone launch in Poland  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - When Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rolled out its iPhone in the United States, some fans paid big money to be among the first to get their hands on the device.  In Poland, people are getting paid to line up.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechSpot and iPhone Savior
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Apple's iPhone 3G troubles spawn a lawsuit  —  It was only a matter of time.  —  With all the griping going on by a subset of iPhone 3G users, it was inevitable that someone would seek redress through the law.  The first someone was Jessica Alena Smith, a Birmingham resident who filed …
Discussion: PC World, iPhone Atlas and MacDailyNews
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Embargo Breakers: Who Exactly Do You Write For?  —  It seems that recently the problem with embargoes and breaking them has grown acute again.  I for one have seen at least 3 embargoes broken this week only and I can imagine there are others where I am simply unaware of the embargo time.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New C-SPAN Sites Get Way Unboring With YouTube, Twitter, Qik, Flash...  I'm willing to stand up and say it.  C-SPAN, which is dedicated to airing non-stop coverage of government proceedings and public affairs programming, is the one channel that we all skip past as fast as possible …
 
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Associated Press:
Intel shows how to send power wirelessly
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Brazilian charged in U.S. in connection with operating botnet
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Site Explorer Gets a Makeover
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Security expert: DNS attacks are happening
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Will Now Install Your Home Theater …
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Helping Thousands of Software Firms Bloom
Discussion: Valleywag
Reuters:
Apple, MTS agree on iPhone sales in Russia
Cyrus Farivar / Salon:
Has Palm gotten its groove back?
Miguel de Icaza:
SecondLife rolls out Mono-powered servers
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Linux popularity across the globe
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Microsoft demands Xbox LIVE iPhone app to be set free
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Web browser to get ‘privacy mode’
 

 
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