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1:50 PM ET, September 12, 2008

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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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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google buys Korean blogging software platform TNC, one of first purchases in Asia  —  Google has reportedly acquired its first Korean company, a blogging software in Korea called TNC (Tatter and Company), for an undisclosed amount of money.  —  The founder Chang Kim blogged about the purchase tonight.
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 …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Details Plans To Open Up Web Sites  —  Home Page, Email To Include Content From Third Parties  —  Yahoo Inc. executives provided an update on the company's plans to open its online services — including its home page and email service — to contributions from third-party Internet and software companies.
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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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, take two: Bill's mother ship over Seattle
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Location To Mobile Web Search  —  Last November, Google introduced its My Location feature in Google Maps for Mobile.  It uses cell tower IDs to triangulate the location of the phone and then identifies that location on the Google Maps interface.
Yresy / QuickPWN:
Jailbreak iPod Touch 2.1  —  Please click the Yahoo Buzz Up button, and click “Buzz” to vote for my story on the bottom of this post It will only take up a minute or two!  Thank you.  —  Do you want to jailbreak your iPod Touch 2.1?  No problem, QuickPWN 2.1 Jailbreak edition can do it for you!
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW and Engadget
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iPod 2.1 offers promise for Friday's ‘big’ iPhone software update
Panasonic:
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-G1: WORLD'S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA*  —  World's First Micro Four Thirds System Camera Features Portability, Ease-of-Use and Colorful Blue and Red Models For Personalized Style and Active Lifestyles  —  Panasonic today announced the world's …
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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
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
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Admits That You Can Only Have One Spore Player Per Install  —  from the and-it-lied-in-the-manual dept  —  Things aren't getting much better for EA since critics of its overly annoying DRM on the new video game Spore expressed their displeasure in droves on the Amazon page for the game.
Discussion: Blue's News
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Dude, Where's My App?  10 Web Apps We Wish Hadn't Disappeared  —  We track hundreds of web apps here on ReadWriteWeb.  Some, like YouTube and last.fm, become our favorites and prosper.  But others sadly close down, or whither away due to not many people using them, or suddenly stop working …
Discussion: The Open Road
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Interview With Skype CEO — Where is Skype for the iPhone?  —  Do You Want Skype on Your iPhone?  — Oh god yes... I can't wait.  — Not Really.  — In this era of flat rate plans from mobile companies, does anyone need Skype?  —  That's exactly the question …
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
At eBay, Is Skype There to Stay?
Discussion: Epicenter
 
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
New iPhone App Will Make You A More-Informed Voter
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Dropbox launches to the public!
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile launching BlackBerry 8120s in more colors than you can count …
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
The Weekly Source Code 33 - Microsoft Open Source inside Google Chrome
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Madden '09 owns, 360 moves back in front of PS3 in sales
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Mike Gunderloy / OStatic blogs:
Sun Open Sources Their Hypervisor
Discussion: Slashdot
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Ex-Intel worker accused in theft
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity
CNN:
GTA IV' Sales Slow, Complicating Take-Two/EA Merger
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Celebrating the IC's 50th Anniversary
Discussion: GigaOM, Valleywag and Unfair Park
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla adds privacy mode to Firefox 3.1 plans
Mary Schlangenstein / Bloomberg:
American Air Attendants Urge Filters to Bar Web Porn
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Zune's Recommendations Make Genius Look Average
 

 
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