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6:35 PM ET, September 12, 2008

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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
What's up with those ads?  —  As I did previously, I'm posting this on behalf of my colleague David Webster.  —  Since my last post here as a guest blogger a few weeks back was to give you some context on the Mojave Experiment, I figured I should do the same for the other little campaign we're running on TV right now.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Commercial #2: I Remain Confused  —  I'm starting to feel bad for Microsoft PR, who've been tasked with defending these Microsoft ads featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld.  I just didn't connect with the first ad, which barely mentioned Microsoft and didn't do much to tell …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo Open: Finally, a real answer to Google  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—On Friday, 300 programmers will descend upon Sunnyvale, Calif., to plant the seeds of what Yahoo hopes will be an answer to Google's Internet might.  —  The event is called Open Hack Day 2008, and at it the coders …
Discussion: Valleywag, DailyTech and GMSV
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: iPhone OS loses beta feel with 2.1 update  —  We're back after updating to iPhone OS 2.1, and we're happy to report that the install process went well.  Really well, actually.  Now that we've had some time to play with the new features and fixes, we have some hands-on info and screenshots for you.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and TechSpot
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPhone OS 2.1 requires Sync to add Genius feature
Discussion: The Apple Blog and Infinite Loop
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
End Runs Around Vista  —  The operating system is turning off users, so HP and others are trying to capitalize on its weakness  —  The ecosystem that Microsoft (MSFT) has built up around its Windows operating system is showing signs of strain.  In one of several recent moves by partners …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Did Amazon Delete Spore Reviews?  [Updated]  —  Want to know how not to respond to criticism?  By deleting it.  Yet, it appears that's what Amazon has done.  Earlier this week we wrote about the controversy of EA's decision to put cumbersome DRM on the highly anticipated video game, Spore.
Discussion: CNET News
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Amazon temporarily gags Spore critics, deletes and restores all customer reviews
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Admits That You Can Only Have One Spore Player Per Install
Discussion: VTOR and Blue's News
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
MySpace sets music free  —  Coming soon to MySpace pages everywhere: Kid Rock, free.  Christina Aguilera, free.  T.I., free.  Just about any music out there, free.  (With ads, of course.)  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Myspace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson have had an uneasy relationship with the music industry.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Updated: MySpace Music's Space-High Hopes: Commerce Sales Will Replace CD Losses
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Apple rolls back problem driver in new iTunes 8 update  —  Apple has responded quickly to reports that its initial release of iTunes 8 caused STOP errors (AKA the Blue Screen of Death) on some Windows machines.  —  The issue is documented in support article TS2280, “iTunes 8 …
Web 2.0 Asia:
We've been Googled!  —  Disclaimer: The contents in this post may pertain to the author's personal interests.  —  They say “All good things come in threes” - well, the year 2008 was the living proof of that phrase for me.  Firstly, Sara and I had our first baby son, Issac, who is our biggest blessing.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Estimates Trimmed By AmTech: Shift Toward Cheaper Macs (AAPL)  —  Not even Apple (AAPL) is immune to a downturn: AmTech's Shaw Wu says he's cutting his September quarter, December quarter, and 2009 revenue and EPS estimates, for three main reasons:  — People buying cheaper Macs …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Crave
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst trims Apple estimates, says Air seeing decreased demand
Discussion: Macsimum News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digital Entertainment Industry Announces One DRM To Rule Them All  —  A consortium of digital entertainment companies including movie studios, digital device manufacturers, and electronics retailers are trying to take on Apple by standardizing their DRM practices.
Discussion: Reel Pop and paidContent.org
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Gina Keating / Reuters:   Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
YouTube Bans Videos That Incite Violence  —  The video-sharing service YouTube is banning submissions that involve “inciting others to violence,” following criticism from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) that the site was too open to terrorist groups disseminating militant propaganda.
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World News Australia:
YouTube bans terrorism training videos
Discussion: Ars Technica and NewTeeVee
Saul Hansell / Bits:
So That's Who Uses AOL  —  In honor of a redesign of AOL's home page, we asked Bits readers earlier this week “Who Uses AOL and Why?”  So far, we've heard from more than 380 of you.  —  The sheer range of opinions about AOL, built up over a complex two-decade history …
Discussion: Valleywag and SearchViews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Pew: 69 Percent of Americans Use Cloud Apps  —  Most Americans don't yet understand cloud computing, but are using cloud-based online applications, according to a new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.  Sixty nine percent of online Americans use cloud computing in some form …
Almerica Blog:
Podcaster rejeceted because it duplicates iTunes functionality  —  Today I finally got a reply from Apple about the status of Podcaster.  —  Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider  —  Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.  —  The scientists behind the £4.4bn atom smasher …
Discussion: PC World, CNET News and Engadget
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Why Virginia is right to overturn spam conviction  —  The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a notorious AOL spammer, the first spamming defendant to be convicted of a felony, saying the state junk e-mail law is too broad and violates the First Amendment.
 
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
SanDisk Unveils Its Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Canonical funds Linux in a bid to overtake the Mac
Discussion: Open Sources and Lockergnome
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
The new virtualization design point
Discussion: PC World
Catherine Lee / Facebook Developers:
fbFund - Identifying Talent: The Search Is On
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Linux Desktop More Productive
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Yahoo plans a more social, open homepage design
Carolyn Miller / adCenter Blog for Advertisers:
Introducing a Fourth Mainline Ad Placement on Live Search in the U.S.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube's Seth MacFarlane Channel Looking Like A Hit
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Reel Pop
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Smartphone market: RIM jumps past Windows Mobile in 2Q08
Yresy / QuickPWN:
Jailbreak iPod Touch 2.1
Discussion: TUAW, Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
New iPhone App Will Make You A More-Informed Voter
Discussion: Xconomy
Drew Houston / The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox launches to the public!
Discussion: Maximum PC all, TUAW and jkOnTheRun
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile launching BlackBerry 8120s in more colors than you can count …
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AMAZON HIRES AD EXEC FROM M'SOFT
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla adds privacy mode to Firefox 3.1 plans
 

 
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