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3:00 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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft enlists Seinfeld, Gates to battle “Get a Mac” ads
Thorsten / RightScale Blog:
Why Amazon's Elastic Block Store Matters  —  On the technical side, Amazon's EBS service may look like “just” another great new feature of the Elastic Compute Cloud, but on the business side it enables a whole slew of new customers.  I won't pretend that I understand all the new uses …
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) - Bring Us Your Data  —  A few months ago I talked about our plans to offer a persistent storage feature for Amazon EC2.  At that time I indicated that the service was in a limited alpha release with a small number of customers.
Thorsten / RightScale Blog:   Amazon's Elastic Block Store explained
James Niccolai / PC World:
Amazon Adds Persistent Storage to Compute Cloud
Discussion: eWeek
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.
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Rogers and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
Microsoft:
Microsoft Live Labs Introduces Photosynth, a Breakthrough Visual Medium  —  Share more than photos; share an experience.  —  First there was the snapshot, and then came video.  Now there is Microsoft Photosynth, a new service from Microsoft Live Labs that goes far beyond how you now view, experience and share photos.
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Microsoft demands Xbox LIVE iPhone app to be set free  —  People seem to really like this App Store thing we keep hearing about, and apps are selling for the iPhone and iPod touch like hot cakes.  One too-descriptively-named app, 1337pwn XBOX Live Friends Application (iTunes link) …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Iowa chosen for next Microsoft data center  —  The Iowa city of West Des Moines now has two things to celebrate.  —  The same week that hometown hero Shawn Johnson captured gold on the balance beam, the city has learned that a bunch of new jobs are headed its way.
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:   Microsoft: New Design for $500M Iowa Site
Ryan Grove / wonko.com:
Yahoo! Search brings Search Assist, SearchMonkey, and more to the iPhone  —  In June, my boss came to me with a challenge: bring the full Yahoo! Search experience—including SearchMonkey, Search Assist, shortcuts, and other awesome Yahoo! Search features—to the iPhone with as few compromises as possible.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Search Launches iPhone Safari Version
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Judge Delivers His Royal Purple Badness A Fair Use Smackdown
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: TeleRead, TUAW and GottaBeMobile
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Photosynthing the nation's capital  —  A synth of images of the Lincoln Memorial.  Click on the image for a larger view.  —  (Credit: Ina Fried/CNET News.com)  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, I got a demo of how Microsoft was opening up Photosynth to consumers.  On Wednesday, I put it to the test.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
12seconds extends its 15 minutes of fame with an API  —  12seconds has a goal: It wants to be the go-to platform for video status updates.  In order to make a good platform, you need a good application programming interface (API).  Today, 12seconds is launching that API and announcing its first three partners.
Fred / A VC:
Ten Things I Want On My Mobile Phone  —  1) Shazam for places - I blogged about this when I was in Scotland earlier this month.  I met a company at TechStars yesterday that might be able to build it.  I hope they do.  —  2) Shazam for people - same idea. even more possibilities for this one.
Discussion: Mobile Industry News
BBC:
Web browser to get ‘privacy mode’  —  Microsoft is planning a “privacy mode” for the next release of its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser.  —  By clicking a button, users of IE8 will be able to limit how much information is recorded about where they go online and what they do.
Discussion: WebGuild, Technology Live, Slashdot and Digg
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.
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook and Webware.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Zoho launches document sharing service  —  Today's addition to the rapidly-expanding suite of Zoho's productivity apps is Zoho Share, a straightforward utility for sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, PDF files, and slide shows.  The online app reads in several popular document formats …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn launches an iPhone app, it's simple but it means business  —  If the iPhone wants to be taken serious as a business device it's going to have to have applications other than More Cowbell (the app that lets you simulate playing a cowbell).  A definite must-have for business users is LinkedIn, the professional online network.
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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Nokia Admits Security Flaws in Series 40 OS
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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