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9:35 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 …
Jack Schofield / Technology blog:
Seinfeld is over as Microsoft moves to planned “phase two”  —  Microsoft plans to follow up its Seinfeld teasers with something more serious that finally, riskily, takes on Apple  —  Microsoft will move to the second phase of its advertising campaign tomorrow with adverts that respond …
Discussion: Inquirer, Gizmodo and Technologizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Over For Seinfeld, But Crispin Porter Keeps Microsoft Business
Discussion: Storage Station
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BBC:
Palin's e-mail account plundered  —  Anonymous hackers have gained access to the personal e-mail account of US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  —  Those behind the hack put screenshots of messages in Ms Palin's Yahoo inbox on the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers
Discussion: Portfolio and Gawker
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account — Update
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's All New Home Page A Mix Of Old And New  —  Yahoo will begin bucket testing a new version of its home page this evening with small percentage of users.  The company's last home page redesign was more than a year ago, and earlier this year Yahoo began integrating third party content onto the site via their new Buzz product.
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Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Testing, testing...a new Yahoo.com  —  Ever since Jerry and David began categorizing the Web back in 1994, people have visited our homepage to find out what's happening.  That's 100 million of you in the US and 314 million of you globally starting your day on a Yahoo! homepage, so we must be doing something right.
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud  —  For many the “Cloud” in Cloud Computing signifies the notion of location independence; that somewhere in the internet services are provided and that to access them you do not need any specific knowledge of where they are located.  Many applications have already …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network.  Rivals Watch Out!  —  It was a matter of when, not if, Amazon would launch a content delivery business in addition to its current suite of web services that include S3 storage service and EC2 on-demand computing.  The Seattle-based company has announced …
Amazon Web Services Blog:   We're Never Content  —  We've got something new and cool …
DeviceGuru:
Stanford frees CS, robotics courses  —  Stanford University has launched a series of 10 free, online computer science (CS) and electrical engineering courses.  The courses span an introduction to computer science and an introduction to artificial intelligence and robotics, among other topics.
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg Becomes 321st Richest American  —  Today Mark Zuckerberg reached a new milestone: he became the 321st richest American, being included in the Forbes 400 list.  The list placed Zuckerberg's valuation at a solid 1.5 billion dollars.  Not a bad place to be in at 24 years old.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A New Zune for Serious Music Fans  —  This might sound kind of weird, but here it is: the iPod and the Zune aren't rivals anymore.  —  And not just because the iPod outsells the Zune about a gazillion to one, either.  No, it's because the iPod and the Zune no longer serve the same audience.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Apple continues to deceive users  —  Un-freakin-believable.  —  In preparation for a trip next week, I just took a notebook out of mothballs and proceeded to install updates and make sure all the software and data files I need are in service.  —  Along the way, I noticed an iTunes icon …
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
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Jay Bhatti / Spock.com:
How the financial meltdown affects high tech
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
DNS Prefetching (or Pre-Resolving)  —  A major goal of Google Chrome was to improve user enjoyment and value in web surfing.  Critical to that is increasing the responsiveness of the browser to user input, or reducing user perceived latency.  Measurements in the browser have shown …
Discussion: Lifehacker
 
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?
Colin Bogart / The Official Google Blog:
What to do if you can't access your webmail
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Nortel: Would a Breakup Be Best?
Discussion: All About Nortel and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle first quarter expected to be mixed, but ‘not a disaster’
Discussion: Business Technology
Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Start your “Life with PlayStation”
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Apple's Anti-DRM Stance: Why It's More Talk Than Action
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Putting a Meter on the Computer for Internet Use
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Live From New York: ATD Hires Peter Kafka to Pen a New Media and Advertising Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
BuzzLogic Moves Blogger Ad Network Out of Private Beta
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Official Raided after Uncovering State Trojan
Discussion: Techdirt and Digg
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Page and Brin hold court at Zeitgeist
Discussion: CNET News
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
MacBook Pros, what to expect, when
Discussion: The Mac Observer
 

 
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