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6:10 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 …
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
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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 and DailyTech
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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.
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Apple:
iTunes 8: If Windows Vista displays a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod  —  Symptoms  —  After installing iTunes 8 for Windows, some users may see a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod to a Windows Vista computer.
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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 …
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?  —  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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Admits That You Can Only Have One Spore Player Per Install
Discussion: VTOR and Blue's News
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
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek, PC World and Valleywag
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
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AMAZON HIRES AD EXEC FROM M'SOFT  —  Amazon has tapped a senior Microsoft exec to head its national ad sales in a sign that the company is ramping up its online ad business.  —  Lisa Utzschneider, who worked at Microsoft for 10 years, will become senior vice president of national ad sales for Amazon …
 
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
SanDisk Unveils Its Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Canonical funds Linux in a bid to overtake the Mac
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Why Virginia is right to overturn spam conviction
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube's Seth MacFarlane Channel Looking Like A Hit
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Reel Pop
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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
So That's Who Uses AOL
Discussion: Valleywag
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity