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11:40 PM ET, September 5, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Joost To Kill Desktop Client  —  Exclusive: In what is likely to be a major shift in the company's strategy, peer-to-peer startup Joost is going to stop making its desktop client.  The decision to suspend the client is likely to be announced soon, I am told.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screenshots And Video Of The New Joost  —  So much for Joost's carefully prepared plans to release a browser version of their TV over IP service later this month.  News leaked this morning that Joost would be abandoning their year old XUL based desktop client in favor of a browser based service that's more like Hulu and YouTube.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CyberNet and TechSpot
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
What went wrong with Joost's desktop client?  —  , the company which in a lot of ways was on the forefront of rich media, is canning its signature desktop client in favor of a purely web based portal.  As a big proponent of desktop applications in general, and especially these hybrid applications …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and ReadWriteWeb
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:   Hands-on with the new Joost: Software still required
Microsoft:
Microsoft Kicks off new Windows Campaign with Star Power  —  “This is the Conquistador,” explains Jerry Seinfeld, showing a befuddled Bill Gates a brown loafer.  “They run very tight.”  —  After seeing the new ad from Microsoft, which debuted today, some may wonder what Jerry Seinfeld …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Works to Perfect Windows Vista  —  An advertising blitz intended to help Microsoft polish the tarnished brand of its Windows Vista operating system began this week with a head-scratcher of a commercial.  —  The ad features Jerry Seinfeld flexing some new shoes, Bill Gates adjusting his shorts and no mention of Vista.
Discussion: Technologizer and TechCrunch
Electronista:
Microsoft to copy Apple Genius strategy
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Ads: First Phase To “Engage Consumers, Spark Conversation”
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Analyst braces clients for “underwhelming” Apple event  —  American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu put out a call to clients on Friday, saying they should be prepared for a slight letdown at Apple's event next Tuesday unless chief executive Steve Jobs pulls a rabbit from his black turtleneck.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Infinite Loop
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Are Demo and TechCrunch50 fragmenting their audiences? … Update, 12:36 p.m. PDT: Business Week now says it is planning to send a reporter from its print side to DemoFall to complement the online reporter it is sending to the TechCrunch50.  —  If you're a fan of high-tech product announcements, next week could well be heaven for you.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
A user guide to following DemoFall and TechCrunch50
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Twitter added nofollow to “www.” links in their Bio field  —  Yesterday John Battelle emailed me to ask about Rae's post.  This will be a little inside baseball to some people who don't live and breathe search and Twitter, but I figured I'd take what I emailed to John, add some pictures, and post it here.
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Brave New World of Digital Intimacy  —  On Sept. 5, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way that Facebook worked, and in the process he inspired a revolt.  —  Zuckerberg, a doe-eyed 24-year-old C.E.O., founded Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard two years earlier, and the site quickly amassed nine million users.
Discussion: Valleywag, GMSV, bijan sabet and Smart Mobs
Kaj Arnö:
The rumours on Monty resigning  —  We have a rumour of MySQL co-founder Michael “Monty” Widenius resigning, as posted by Valleywag and expanded by Sheeri Kritzer Cabral.  —  Usually, I wouldn't comment on rumours.  But as I've been asked copious amounts of questions, let me make an exception today.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft's video game console woes  —  When his fourth Xbox 360 video game console died in April, Chris Szarek wasn't surprised.  —  The Chicopee, Mass. gamer was accustomed to the hardware failures that became known throughout the Internet as RROD …
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
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Alana Taylor / MediaShift:
Old Thinking Permeates Major Journalism School  —  “Nowadays it's essential for journalists to blog,” says Professor Mary Quigley to a class of 16 NYU journalism students.  The class is titled “Reporting Gen Y (a.k.a. Quarterlifers),” and it's one of the few NYU undergrad journalism classes that focuses on new media.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
How Search Will Revolutionize Social Networking  —  Social networking is on fire. eMarketer predicts that in the US the category will reach 44.3% of Internet users by year's end.  According to Google Insights, related searches are up 3,000% over the last four years.
Discussion: Blog World Expo Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Maximizing Profits Doesn't Mean Screwing Your Customers  —  A few years back, we wrote a post debunking the ridiculous notion spread by some that Craigslist was somehow “anti-capitalist” or not “maximizing profits” because it actually offered most of its services for free.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Full PRADA II specifications!  —  We just got a heads up from one of our trusty sources, and they've come through with full PRADA II specs for us!  In case you don't remember, the new PRADA II handset will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as pictured above.  Here's a rundown on the specs we got:
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 alpha 2 officially released  —  Mozilla has officially announced the availability of the second Firefox 3.1 alpha.  This release includes support for the highly-anticipated HTML 5 “video” element and a handful of other features that move the browser forward.
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and Hardware 2.0
 
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Simon Owens / MediaShift:
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