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7:50 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
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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Pareene / Gawker:
Sarah Palin's Personal Emails  —  Did the internet just cause Sarah Palin to destroy evidence?  The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) instead of her official account (which is, of course …
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers
Discussion: Gawker
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds probe hack of Palin's e-mail account
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
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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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo testing livelier, more open home page
Discussion: BoomTown
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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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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Reuters
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's Schmidt: Full steam ahead Yahoo ad deal
Discussion: Bits, Beyond Search and paidContent.org
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nathan Myhrvold's patent venture $4 billion in the red  —  Intellectual Ventures, if you believe the Wall Street Journal, is striking fear in the hearts of tech CEOs with its vast portfolio of patents.  Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold set up the fund to buy up patents and then extract licensing fees from companies.
Discussion: BoomTown, TechCrunch and Epicenter
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
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Start your “Life with PlayStation”  —  If you've ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PLAYSTATION 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so.  This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news …
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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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Nortel: Would a Breakup Be Best?
Discussion: All About Nortel, Reuters and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle first quarter expected to be mixed, but ‘not a disaster’
Discussion: Business Technology
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
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Activision Boss Says Guitar Hero Is “Dominating” The Competition
Discussion: GoNintendo and Edge Online
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Symantec Rewrites Its Security Suite To Curb Nuisances
David Pogue / New York Times:
A New Zune for Serious Music Fans
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Live From New York: ATD Hires Peter Kafka to Pen a New Media and Advertising Blog
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BuzzLogic Moves Blogger Ad Network Out of Private Beta
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Pirate Party Official Raided after Uncovering State Trojan
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YouTube bans some weapons footage
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