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12:20 AM ET, September 5, 2008

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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft begins big ad push  —  Microsoft kicked off its fancy new ad campaign for Windows on Thursday with an ad featuring Bill Gates trying on shoes at a store with Jerry Seinfeld.  —  The ad, which is also set to be posted on Windows.com, aired during the NFL kickoff game on NBC …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
The First Bill Gates + Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft Ad Makes No Sense  —  Besides the slick and probably expensive editing designed to make Jerry Seinfeld look like the more awkward of the pair, there's not a whole lot of special effects in this clip.  In fact, there's not really a whole lot of anything …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The first Microsoft Seinfeld spot: The ad about nothing  —  Here it is.  The first Microsoft advertisement featuring comedian Jerry Seinfeld.  It's not clear yet if this is the one directed by French director Michel Gondry.  But I hope not, because it's really not very good.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Seinfeld & Gates: Was this ad supposed to be funny?  —  The long-awaited $300 million ad campaign that Microsoft launched to counter Apple's successful “I'm a Mac, I'm a PC” campaign aired during the Thursday night kickoff to the NFL season.  Did you see it?  I missed it on TV but caught it on YouTube.
Discussion: paidContent.org, MacUser and Gear Diary
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics Now Tracks Chrome.  Our Share: 6.23%  —  Until today Google was saying Google Analytics would not track Chrome usage for some time.  Today they added Chrome tracking, allowing site owners to see how many of their users are coming to the site from the Chrome Browser.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Tips  —  Here are some not-so-obvious things you can do in Google Chrome, the minimalistic browser launched on Tuesday.  —  1. Show the list of recently visited pages from the current tab: right-click on the “Back” button.  This also works for the “Forward” button.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
See Chrome's inner workings—and an Easter egg  —  Google's Chrome browser has as Spartan a user interface as possible, but the browser's Omnibox also turns out to be a window into a much more elaborate view of the browser.  —  That's because Chrome users can type several commands …
Discussion: Webware.com, TG Daily and Matt Cutts
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Martin responds to Comcast lawsuit: we still want answers  —  Federal Communications Commission Chair Kevin Martin said today that he was “disappointed” by Comcast's decision to sue the FCC over its move to sanction the company for P2P throttling.  But Martin said he's glad that the cable giant …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast to Appeal FCC Network Management Order
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Seeks Reversal of FCC on Internet Management
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm goes into TA (technical acceptance) at Verizon, delayed 3-4 weeks  —  Here's our latest info on the BlackBerry Storm and the fate of the device on Verizon's network: it just went into technical acceptance at Verizon which usually takes around 3-4 weeks, and the device …
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Apple Rejecting Apps Based on ‘Limited Utility’  —  One developer emailed this video and rejection letter for their app called Pull My Finger.  Especially concerning is that Apple did not reject it due to it being offensive, but instead rejected it due to “limited utility”:
Nathan Halverson / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
He's giving you access, one document at a time  —  California's building codes, plumbing standards and criminal laws can be found online.  —  But if you want to download and save those laws to your computer, forget it.  —  The state claims copyright to those laws.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   California: We Charge People To Read Our Laws For The Benefit Of Californians
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Gap Widens in Online Advertising  —  Rivals Struggle to Catch Up to Google As Buyers Favor Search Ads Over Display  —  Spending on Internet advertising is climbing at a healthy clip — rising 20% in the U.S. in the second quarter — and growth forecasts are strong despite the weak economy.
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Blaise Zerega / Portfolio.com:   Why Increase in Online Ad Spending Hurts Print Publishers
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Docstoc Brings ‘My Documents’ Replacement To The Web  —  Docstoc, the professional document network, has launched a pair of new features that help transition the site from primarily a document sharing platform to a personal document archive as well.  The features, dubbed MyDocs and Sync …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper sales fall record $3B in 6 mos.  —  Total newspaper advertising revenues fell by $3 billion in the first six months of this year to $18.8 billion, the lowest level in a dozen years, according to data published today by the Newspaper Association of America.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple looks to take multi-touch beyond the touch-screen  —  With its competitors struggling to catch up with multi-touch technology introduced last year as part of the iPhone, Apple is already conceptualizing new versions of the technology that would fuse a variety of secondary inputs …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
Does Windows Still Matter? … So writes John Gapper, the fine columnist for The Financial Times in today's paper.  Chrome, of course, is Google's new browser, which is pretty explicitly designed to be a Windows killer.  As Mr. Gapper notes, that precise fear — that an Internet browser …
Jackie / QIK:
Qik now on HTC devices and more...  Qik now on HTC devices and more  —  Not a day goes by that we don't get requests for Qik to support more devices beyond the several dozen on which our software already works.  We have great teams in Russia and the US who are focused on just that: bringing Qik to as many handsets as possible.
Josh Elman / Facebook Developers:
The New Profile: Full Rollout Is Coming  —  Over these past few weeks and months you've been able to see how your applications work on the new profile and how users are integrating them into their profiles.  Over 30 million people have checked out the new profile, and many are using it as their profile full time.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
 
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