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11:40 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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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 too.blogspot.com.  —  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.
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.
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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.
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 …
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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
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:   FriendFeed solves noise problem with redesign, duplicate roll-up
Twitter Blog:
Changes Afoot  —  We're getting ready to launch a refresh of parts of the Twitter.com 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
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 …
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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
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
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.
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.
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cyber Attack Data Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told  —  Intelligence Agencies Don't Have Strategy for Private Sector  —  U.S. intelligence agencies are unable to share information about foreign cyber attacks against companies for fear of jeopardizing intelligence-gathering sources and methods …
mikeash.com:
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 …
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.
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 …
XBMC Media Center:
XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 1 released - now serving all common platforms  —  Team-XBMC is proud to announce the first cross-platform Beta version of XBMC media center for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard and Tiger), Windows, and Xbox, in preparation for the upcoming stable release of XBMC, code named ‘Atlantis’.
 
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Google's “Submit Your Content” …
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