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12:20 AM ET, September 19, 2008


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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Ads Featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Not Canceled  —  From a trusted Crispin Porter source, we've learned that the internet has jumped the gun and that the Microsoft Gates/Seinfeld ads have not been axed.  It's true, Microsoft apparently asked the agency to focus on the new “I'm a PC” spots.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Microsoft Commercials Are Live  —  The three new non-Seinfeld commercials, which the New York Times described earlier this week, still don't talk about Vista features.  But they do try to break the stereotype that cool and interesting people use Macs, and everyone else is on a Windows machine.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin Launches A Personal Blog, Talks About His Risk Of Parkinson's  —  Google Cofounder Sergey Brin launched a personal blog today at  —  In his first blog post, he explains the blog name: “Welcome to my personal blog. … In the second blog post, he gets a little more serious.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy  —  A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail …
Twitter Blog:
Changes Afoot  —  We're getting ready to launch a refresh of parts of the interface.  This release does not include any new features (well, one).  It's mostly cosmetic changes.  This post describes what we're doing and why.  —  Moving the tabs
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
New FriendFeed design launched... with an exciting new feature!  —  You might have noticed the new look for FriendFeed.  We've been tinkering with a new design for a few weeks, and after spending some time in beta, it's finally ready for primetime.  —  larger screenshot
Caroline McCarthy /
O'Reilly: Stop throwing sheep, do something worthy  —  NEW YORK—Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, is known as a futurist, but his keynote address on Thursday morning at the Web 2.0 Expo was heavy on the realism in the wake of sobering news from Wall Street.
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Beet.TV
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:   O'REILLY SIGNALS FREE WEB 2.0 PARTY IS OVER?
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Considering ‘At a Glance’ Notification Screen for iPhone  —  A recent patent application from Apple reveals that the company is considering adding a proper “At a Glance” notification screen for the iPhone.  The proposed screen would allow users to quickly jump to the desired notification simply …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Gizmodo
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements  —  A new series of iPhone-related patent filings touch on some interface enhancements that could potentially find their way into a future version of the handset's operating system, including more immediate access to application settings …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Too-Powerful Google Thumbs Its Nose at Everyone-Good Luck With That, Eric!  —  It used to be, many years ago, that longtime Silicon Valley tech exec Eric Schmidt could work up a very significant head of steam when talking about the thuggish monopolistic practices of Microsoft and its negative impact on the tech industry.
Discussion: CNET News, Valleywag and WebProNews
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 3G has a hidden data matrix code  —  fsjk85 at the Australian Whirlpool forums was playing around with his camcorder's NightShot function when he found something interesting — a hidden data matrix code on the left side of the iPhone 3G.  We're guessing that's where Apple imprints …
The iPhone Development Story  —  I just got my first application in the iTunes App Store, and I wanted to tell the story of what it's like to publish one, from start to finish.  The app, NetAwake, is an independent project I wrote with my friend Joshua.  It makes an interesting story …
Rob Diana / Mashable!:
The Future is Yahoo the Platform  —  During the Microhoo debacle, everyone was wondering who was going to buy Yahoo.  While all eyes were on that, Yahoo has been quietly going about its business.  Their business now seems to be wanting to become the platform that everyone develops for …
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on the Evolution of Facebook  —  After months of hard work, we're at a point where almost all 100 million people around the world on Facebook are using the new design.  As we continue to roll this out, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we've built and why I think it's an important step for us.
Notice anything different? … One of the great things about working at a startup is the ability to be flexible and make changes when our users, trends or data suggest a new direction.  For much of the past year, we've listened to the feedback we've received from many of the people who use Joost …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet, 12 Inches of Touchtasticness  —  Lenovo's X200 tablet isn't the best kept secret, but it's a nice looking convertible laptop now that we have the full specs.  At 3.5lbs, the configurable tablet features a 12.1" touchscreen (in pen or finger input options) …
Discussion: Engadget, Crave and Gearlog
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