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12:50 PM 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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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
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft to announce Jerry Seinfeld ads cancelled tomorrow
Amazon Web Services Blog:
We're Never Content  —  We've got something new and cool in the works and I'm excited to be able to tell you a little bit about it today!  —  Before the end of the year we are planning to release a new service for content delivery.  This new (and as yet unnamed) service will provide …
Discussion: Podcasting News and webmonkey
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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network.  Rivals, Watch Out!  —  It was a matter of when, not if, that 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.
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and paidContent.org
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Launching New Content Delivery Network: No Threat To Major CDNs, Yet
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Open Road
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as ‘Vexatious’ Litigator  —  The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a “vexatious” litigator and is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused …
Discussion: Electronista and DSLreports
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Goes After Ray Beckerman, Demands Monetary Sanctions
Discussion: Ars Technica
David Bowie / Joost:
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 …
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Beacon Makes a Comeback, With More Choices and Options … A message appeared from a top poster on the Facebook Developer Forums today which seems to indicate that beacon may be making a comeback.  Facebook Developer, Tom Kincaid, noticed an interesting message when signing up for CBS Sportsline on Tuesday.
Discussion: All Facebook, WebProNews and Mashable!
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:   Beacon Is Baaaaack!  —  Tom Kincaid, a top Facebook developer …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?  —  Bear with us folks.  We've just got ahold of an AT&T product sheet dated September 17th.  Also known as “the most up to date doc you've seen”.  Before we get into the BlackBerry Bold nonsense, here's a break down on what the sheet says:
Tony Smith / The Register:
Toshiba takes wraps off netbook  —  Updated It's official: Toshiba today formally launched its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena, following Dell's lead and equipping the Linux version with Ubuntu 8.04.  —  The NB100 is an 8.9in model - the display resolution is 1024 x 600 - and powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270.
Discussion: Liliputing and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Earthscape iPhone App Now Free For Limited Time, Grab It Now  —  Earthscape (iTunes link), the incredible iPhone application that brings Google-earth to the iPhone, just discounted its $10 pricetag to...free.  For a “limited time.”  —  The app, which we first wrote about in May …
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.
Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Camera Raw 4.6 and DNG Converter available on Adobe Labs  —  The Camera Raw 4.6 and DNG Converter Release Candidates (RC) are now available on Adobe Labs.  The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that the plug-in is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing …
DeviceGuru:
Stanford offers free 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.
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.
Discussion: The Social Web and Valleywag
 
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The Official Google Blog:
The intelligent cloud  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact …
BBC:
‘60,000’ devices are left in cabs
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New Scientist:
Software spots the spin in political speeches
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Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
NYU Professor Stifles Blogging, Twittering by Journalism Student
Discussion: Gawker
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Announcing Live Search Maps India
Discussion: Search Engine Land and LiveSide
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Federal lawsuits take on the humble hyperlink
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Who's Your Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant, SanDisk? Jerry Yang?
Discussion: Big Tech
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple grabs double-digit US laptop marketshare
Discussion: The Open Road
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
BillShrink helps you save money on cell phones, and now your credit card too
Colin Bogart / The Official Google Blog:
What to do if you can't access your webmail
Discussion: WebProNews
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
DNS Prefetching (or Pre-Resolving)
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nathan Myhrvold's patent venture $4 billion in the red
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David Pogue / New York Times:
A New Zune for Serious Music Fans
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Apple continues to deceive users
 

 
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