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9:40 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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Humanize Microsoft? That's impossible!
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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 …
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 …
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David Filo / Yodel Anecdotal:
The hackers are back  —  Two years ago, we opened our doors to the community of outside developers that had been “hacking” on Yahoo!, and invited them to show their stuff and create new products based on our technologies.  Over the course of 24 hours, hundreds of developers attended workshops on Yahoo! …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo: How Open When You Compete With Others?
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.
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
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music CEO Hunt Continues: Facebook's Owen Van Natta Top Contender
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft fires game test contractor who talked to VentureBeat  —  Robert Delaware was the only named Microsoft worker (a contract employee) who talked — without permission — to VentureBeat for our story last week on the Xbox 360 defects.  —  Microsoft had him fired on Wednesday.
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’  —  A group of major media industry companies called the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem that includes Best Buy, Cisco Systems, Comcast and HP will share details of its interoperability and media usage rights plan at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Epicenter and Reel Pop
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Is Hollywood forming DECE to wage a digital content war against Apple?
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 …
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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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
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Amazon temporarily gags Spore critics, deletes and restores all customer reviews  —  Spore may have been a long-awaited title, but publisher EA surely didn't expect the most talked-about aspect of the game to be its DRM.  Alas, now it seems that all the protest from angry gamers …
Discussion: Techdirt and GamePolitics News
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.
Discussion: PC World and Ars Technica
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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 …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Linux Desktop More Productive  —  Apple has convinced millions that they can make the switch from Windows to OS X, but those curious about Linux have to see for themselves if they can work or play on a free desktop.  The short answer is that, for most halfway tech-savvy people who aren't hardcore gamers, yes, you can.
 
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
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Gordon Haff / CNET News:
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
German court bans VoiP on iPhone
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube's Seth MacFarlane Channel Looking Like A Hit
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Smartphone market: RIM jumps past Windows Mobile in 2Q08
Yresy / QuickPWN:
Jailbreak iPod Touch 2.1
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Admits That You Can Only Have One Spore Player Per Install
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
So That's Who Uses AOL
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