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2:40 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.
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 …
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.
Rafat Ali /
Updated: MySpace Music's Space-High Hopes: Commerce Sales Will Replace CD Losses  —  Updated below: Fortune gets a first crack at doing a story on MySpace Music, which is launching in its new avatar next week.  And while the News Corp (NYSE: NWS). subsidiary has been setting expectations …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo: How Open When You Compete With Others?  —  Yahoo had a press day yesterday designed in part to pump up the media about the company's prospects and progress post the Microsoft-fiasco.  As someone who's been positive about Yahoo, I oddly found the day leaving me less reassured, not more.
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
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: VTOR and Blue's News
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
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
German court bans VoiP on iPhone
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Yresy / QuickPWN:
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U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity
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