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5:25 AM ET, September 19, 2008

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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
O'REILLY SIGNALS FREE WEB 2.0 PARTY IS OVER?  —  On Techmeme - Saw this article on CNet, re Tim O'Reilly's talk at Web Expo New York: … There is a limit to Ad funding for Web 2.0 businesses.  Allow me a little fag-packet analysis here.  The total global Ad industry is c $0.5 trillion …
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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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
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.
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
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
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rob Diana / Mashable!:
The Future is Yahoo the Platform  —  During the Microhoo debacle, everyone was wondering who was going to buy Yahoo.  While all eyes were on that, Yahoo has been quietly going about its business.  Their business now seems to be wanting to become the platform that everyone develops for …
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers  —  So where were the quants?  —  That's what has been running through my head as I watch some of the oldest and seemingly best-run firms on Wall Street implode because of what turned out to be really bad bets on mortgage securities.
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
That Was Fun, But Now Ebay's Selling StumbleUpon  —  In May 2007 eBay acquired website recommendation engine StumbleUpon for $75 million.  Now, less than a year and a half later, they're trying to unload it according to a source with knowledge of the sale process.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Cap'n Pam Greenebearde / The Official Google Blog:
Google in one more language  —  As we've written before, one of our goals is to enable everyone using Google to find the information they want easily, no matter what language they speak.  —  It recently came to our attention that Google was not accessible to a large, influential, and notoriously quick-tempered community: Pirates.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet, 12 Inches of Touchtasticness  —  Lenovo's X200 tablet isn't the best kept secret, but it's a nice looking convertible laptop now that we have the full specs.  At 3.5lbs, the configurable tablet features a 12.1" touchscreen (in pen or finger input options) …
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog, Crave and Tech Blog
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Yugma Integrates Screen Sharing with Skype  —  Windows/Mac OS X: Free Skype plug-in Yugma Team Collaboration adds a screen sharing feature to Skype.  The plug-in is an offshoot of previously mentioned Yugma, a standalone web conferencing and screen-sharing tool that you can use independently if you're not already a Skype user.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TUAW
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’.
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.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Mobilize: Launchpad  —  Judging the Launchpad startups.  —  Here's the end-of-the-day portion of the show that many of us have been waiting for all day: the Launchpad, where a dozen startups get a few minutes to convince us they rock.  —  Here are our lovely judges.
Discussion: Latest Geek Stuff
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's “Submit Your Content” Page Changes Into Content Central, One Stop Shopping For Publisher Advice  —  In the old days, getting listed on Google just meant having a web site.  These days, you can get in by selling products through a virtual store, by having a book …
Discussion: Content Central Blog
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Report: Google Search Market Share Huge ... Again  —  Ah.  It's all clear to me now.  The reason Google has no plans to delay its search-advertising partnership with Yahoo is because if it delays any further, its share of the search market will have grown so large as to make the deal utterly pointless.
Digital Camera Resource Page:
DCRP Review: Nikon D90 … The Nikon D90 ($999, body only) is the long-awaited replacement to the popular D80 digital SLR.  The D90 sits between the D60 and D300 in Nikon's D-SLR lineup, though many of its features come from its more expensive sibling.  —  While it may look a lot like its predecessor …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Pandora opens up: Q&A with Tim Westergren  —  In August, Pandora founder Tim Westergren told the Washington Post that the future could be bleak for the Internet radio station due to high percentage of its revenue being forced to go to royalty fees.  Now, one month later …
 
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