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5:20 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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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: MacUser, paidContent.org 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Appeals FCC Throttling Ruling …
Discussion: Techdirt and Ars Technica
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Seeks Reversal of FCC on Internet Management
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Comcast Appeals F.C.C. Sanction
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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, Matt Cutts and TG Daily
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Michael Moore plans Net-only film premiere  —  Filmmaker Michael Moore plans to premiere his latest documentary exclusively on the Internet for free, forgoing the traditional theatrical release.  —  Slacker Uprising , which documents Moore's 62-city tour through swing states during …
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
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.
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”:
Adobe:
NFL Teams Up with Adobe to Deliver NBC Sunday Night Football Live on the Internet  —  For immediate release  —  Sunday Night Football Extra to use Adobe Flash Technology to Broadcast Games to NFL Fans Nationwide  —  The National Football League (NFL) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq …
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NFL Kicks Off Online Streaming Tonight
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
The Conference Board:
Online TV Grows in Popularity  —  For more detailed information, please visit www.consumerinternetbarometer.us  —  Online TV Grows in Popularity  —  Online TV viewing has been gaining in popularity.  Nearly one-fifth of American households who use the internet watch television broadcasts online …
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
120GB Zune Purchased at Fry's for $250: Unboxed for Good Measure  —  It appears that at least one lucky shopper at a Fry's in Atlanta managed to get their hands on a 120GB Zune before its official release, and there are even unboxing pics (after the break) and a receipt to prove it.
Discussion: Zunerama
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.
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VCs Back Tools to Look Inside the Cloud  —  Enterprise software, which has gone from running on the computer to being hosted in a corporate data center, is now moving out to nebulous pools of servers called clouds.  As computing clouds become part of the corporate information technology environment …
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
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
 
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Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
Microsoft eases restrictions on the use of Windows XP Home for netbooks
Discussion: Business Week
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Samsung Looking At Buying Digital Memory Company SanDisk
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
MySpace links users to US hurricane emergency alerts
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
BBC:
Metallica welcome album leak
Discussion: Valleywag
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Telecom Reporting Rule May Be Eased
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
An Insider's Look At The R.E.M. Web Campaign
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple looks to take multi-touch beyond the touch-screen
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Qik now on HTC devices and more...
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Say Goodbye to Laser on September 9, new mouse, cams, Zunes?
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
Does Windows Still Matter?
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