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6:05 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: CyberNet and NewTeeVee
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Web-based Joost player in closed beta, no word on public release date
Discussion: Webware.com
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Ads: First Phase To “Engage Consumers, Spark Conversation”  —  So the tech and geek crowd is a little underwhelmed by the new $300 million Microsoft advertising campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld that kicked off tonight.  It's mostly content free, with just one mention of Microsoft near the end.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft Memo: New Windows Ad “An Icebreaker”
Electronista:
Microsoft to copy Apple Genius strategy
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researchers Build Malicious Facebook Application  —  A team of researchers have built a malicious Facebook program an experiment to demonstrate the possible dangers of social networking applications.  —  The experiment shows the ease with which attackers could dupe large number of users …
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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.
Discussion: PC World, 451 CAOS Theory and Slashdot
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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
MySQL founder quits Sun
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: Infinite Loop
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shrs Retreat Heading To “Let's Rock” …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Distorted-Loop.com
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: GMSV and bijan sabet
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Valleywag mangles Marc Andreessen, and we think he likes it  —  PALO ALTO — Thursday night in a Crowne Plaza hotel, with an Elks Club banquet roaring next door, Netscape cofounder, Ning king, and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen sat down with Portfolio writer Kevin Maney for a Churchill Club interview.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Crimeware giants form botnet tag team  —  Rock Phish's big, fat, fast-flux network  —  The Rock Phish gang - one of the net's most notorious phishing outfits - has teamed up with another criminal heavyweight called Asprox in overhauling its network with state-of-the-art technology, according to researchers from RSA.
Discussion: eWeek
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:
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
At ESPN, Play-by-Play Goes Virtual  —  LOS ANGELES — ESPN, the cable powerhouse that calls itself “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” is looking to extend its domain in virtual worlds by merging video game graphics with real-life sports anchors.  —  The network, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google at Age 10  —  Google applied for incorporation as a business 10 years ago Thursday, according to a timeline supplied by the company.  The application was accepted on Sept. 7, which is Sunday.  —  In that decade, the search engine company has quickly emerged as the most successful business …
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Plans to Sell Factories In Effort to Cut Costs  —  Dell Inc. is trying to sell its computer factories around the world, a move to sharply overhaul a production model that was long a hallmark of the PC giant's strategy but is no longer competitive.  —  In recent months …
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
10 Computers & 10 Users  —  From time to time, people ask the home server team how and why we made certain decisions for the initial release of WIndows Home Server.  Currently, you can define 10 user accounts in the Windows Home Server Console and you can install the Windows Home Server Connector software …
 
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Leigh Alexander / Gamasutra:
Analysis: Pachter Suggests, Sony Rebuts On Xbox 360 Price Cuts
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Old Thinking Permeates Major Journalism School
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Best Buy iPhone 3G: Buy BS Accessory Package, Geek Squad Will Do …
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iPod Touch and iPhone Slow Synching Problem Fixed
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Yahoo's Stock Hits 5-Year Low
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First impressions of the Nokia N96, plus photo samples
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Analysts as a lagging indicator of success
Mark Evans:
What Firefox Can Learn From Netscape Navigator
Discussion: GigaOM, Furrier.org and Valleywag
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
TiVo Shares Fall After No Decision In Dish Case
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Zatz Not Funny!
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google Chrome vulnerabilities starting to pile up
Discussion: Bkis Blog and darkREADING
Romain Guy / Android Developers Blog:
Android Photostream
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat acquires Qumranet, will embrace KVM
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