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1:15 AM ET, September 18, 2008

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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Echoing the Campaign of a Rival, Microsoft Aims to Redefine 'I'm a PC'  —  RELAX, computer users, after only two weeks Microsoft will stop teasing you as the company begins the next phase of an ambitious — and risky — $300 million campaign intended to make over its tarnished image.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft to announce Jerry Seinfeld ads cancelled tomorrow  —  Remember those awful Microsoft ads with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates?  Well, now you can forget them.  Microsoft flacks are desperately dialing reporters to spin them about “phase two” of the ad campaign — a phase …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Over For Seinfeld, But Crispin Porter Keeps Microsoft Business
Discussion: Storage Station and Technologizer
Wikileaks:
Sarah Palin Yahoo inbox 2008  —  File  — sarah-palin-hack-2008.zip (click to view full file) … Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) activists loosely affiliated with the group ‘anonymous’ gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account — Update  —  Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account was hacked, and some of its contents posted on the internet Wednesday.  —  The internet griefers known as Anonymous took credit for the intrusion …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds probe hack of Palin's e-mail account  —  John McCain and Sarah Palin on the final evening of the Republican convention.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News)  —  Now we know the real reason why John McCain doesn't use e-mail.  —  Hackers have broken into the Yahoo e-mail account of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers  —  Not quite Anonymous  —  Memo to law enforcement investigators tracking down who broke into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account: Gabriel Ramuglia might be a good place to start.  —  The 25-year-old webmaster and entrepreneur …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
‘Android’ Cellphone to Showcase Google Brand  —  The first mobile device powered by Google Inc.'s “Android” mobile phone software is expected to sell for $199 and will showcase the Google brand, people familiar with the matter say, a departure from the standard practice of listing only the manufacturer and wireless carrier on handsets.
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Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View and walking directions come to Google Maps for mobile  —  This July, Street View went international for the Tour de France, and in August, expanded coverage to Japan and Australia.  Now, Street View is coming to another new frontier: your phone.
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Page and Brin hold court at Zeitgeist  —  Google held its version of the World Economic Forum today, except the setting wasn't Davos but the Internet search giant's Mountain View, Calif., campus for its Zeitgeist conference.  The guests held similar stature in the worlds …
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google CEO says ready to move ahead on Yahoo deal
Discussion: Tech Beat
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
MacBook Pros, what to expect, when  —  MacBook Pros seem like a lock for the October 14th - ish time frame.  It has been a reaaalllllly long time since Apple upgraded the MacBook Pros.  For those of you old enough remember the Titanium Powerbook, that was the last major design of the professional Apple Laptop.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Mark Johnson / Powerset Blog:
Powerset's First Live Search Projects  —  Powerset officially became a part of Microsoft a little over a month ago and we've already completed our first few integration projects: Freebase Answers, improved captions for Wikipedia results, and new related searches using our Factz engine .
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
BuzzLogic Moves Blogger Ad Network Out of Private Beta  —  If you read a variety of blogs, you've certainly seen the yellow banner ads promoting the BuzzLogic blog ad network.  The ad network has been in beta since June and today BuzzLogic is moving the network into public release.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Collapse: Assessing The Carnage  —  Let's take a stroll through the carnage that was today's stock market.  Keep in mind that the Nasdaq Composite was down nearly 5%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell about 4%.  So if your favorite stock was down 5% today, well, that's about in line with everything else.
Discussion: CNET News and Industry Standard
BBC:
Merged banks' names cybersquatted  —  Internet addresses corresponding to recent bank mergers are already being hoarded and sold online.  —  In “cybersquatting”, likely addresses are bought cheaply in the hope of selling to the businesses involved, or as a medium for advertising.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo testing livelier, more open home page … Yahoo has begun offering some users a more personalized home page that the company hopes will increase the usage and utility of a Web site that's widely used but elderly in Internet years.  —  The new home page features a dashboard on the left edge …
Discussion: TechCrunch
BBC:
YouTube bans some weapons footage  —  YouTube is to ban footage showing weapons being used to intimidate people on its website in the UK.  —  The new policy was being introduced because of “particular concern” in Britain over the subject, the site's owners, Google, said.
Discussion: Techdirt and Guardian
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Study: Chrome reached nearly 2 million in U.S.
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Web boom in English-obsessed Korea
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