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7:20 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.
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 and CyberNet
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: ReadWriteWeb and SitePoint Blogs
Josh Lowensohn /   Hands-on with the new Joost: Software still required
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 …
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: Infinite Loop
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shrs Retreat Heading To “Let's Rock” …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and
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
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
MySQL founder quits Sun
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
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 …
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:
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Best Buy iPhone 3G: Buy BS Accessory Package, Geek Squad Will Do What Apple Store Does for Free  —  The iPhone 3G is making its Best Buy debut this Sunday, and a copy of the ad you'll see in your local paper confirms that even though Best Buy has the distinction of being the iPhone's …
Tim Besse / Blog:
Mac Geniuses vs. Geek Squad CIAs
Discussion: Crave and Valleywag
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 …
Scott /
iPod Touch and iPhone Slow Synching Problem Fixed  —  Since upgrading to the iPod 2.0 firmware and beginning to install Apps from the App Store synching on my iPod Touch has gotten slower and slower.  The performance was so bad I was setting off a sync and going to bed !
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.
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.
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 …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A hands-on overview of the Access Linux Platform
Discussion: TeleRead
Dailymotion Blog:
Dailymotion Partners with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Crimeware giants form botnet tag team
Discussion: eWeek
Leigh Alexander / Gamasutra:
Analysis: Pachter Suggests, Sony Rebuts On Xbox 360 Price Cuts
Microsoft to copy Apple Genius strategy
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter's Corporate Users Get A New Marketing Tool
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Old Thinking Permeates Major Journalism School
Yahoo's Stock Hits 5-Year Low
Discussion: James Fee GIS Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
First impressions of the Nokia N96, plus photo samples
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
iTunes 8 Rumors: is Magnetosphere the New Visualizer?
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Analysts as a lagging indicator of success
Mark Evans:
What Firefox Can Learn From Netscape Navigator
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
At ESPN, Play-by-Play Goes Virtual
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google Chrome vulnerabilities starting to pile up
Discussion: Bkis Blog and darkREADING
Romain Guy / Android Developers Blog:
Android Photostream
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google at Age 10  —  Google applied for incorporation …

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