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12:10 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.
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
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
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 and CNET News
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Testing, testing...a new  —  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.
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.
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 ( instead of her official account (which is, of course …
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:
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.
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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 …
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: Techdirt, DSLreports and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Federal lawsuits take on the humble hyperlink  —  R.E.M. once sang about “the end of the world as we know it,” but Michael Stipe & Co. never suspected that the brat-loving, cheese-eating, grain-growing Midwest might be the source of the world-ending scourge.
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The intelligent cloud  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Earthscape iPhone App Now Free For Limited Time, Grab It Now
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Discussion: Lockergnome
New Scientist:
Software spots the spin in political speeches
Discussion: Portfolio and Gizmodo
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Announcing Live Search Maps India
Discussion: Search Engine Land and LiveSide
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Beacon Makes a Comeback, With More Choices and Options
Discussion: All Facebook, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
DNS Prefetching (or Pre-Resolving)
Discussion: Lifehacker
Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Start your “Life with PlayStation”
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nathan Myhrvold's patent venture $4 billion in the red
Discussion: BoomTown and Wall Street Journal
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg Becomes 321st Richest American
Discussion: The Social Web
David Pogue / New York Times:
A New Zune for Serious Music Fans
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Apple continues to deceive users