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8:55 PM ET, September 19, 2008

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Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' Ads Created On Macs  —  After dumping its $10 million contract with Jerry Seinfeld after just three ads (only two of which even aired) Microsoft has created new ad copy where regular people and a few celebrities say, “I'm a PC!”  One problem with the campaign's credibility: the ad work was created using Macs.
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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber  —  Jabber's Presence and Messaging Software to Enhance Cisco's Collaboration Portfolio  —  Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc., a provider of presence and messaging software.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Microsoft in Sight, Cisco Buys Jabber  —  Cisco said this morning it would buy instant messaging service Jabber for an undisclosed amount.  The deal is another move by the networking company into the collaboration space — this time highlighting the importance of presence awareness and interoperability in collaboration.
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rizzn's personal blog:
gPhone Spotted in the Wild!  —  Yesterday, I teased some photos of the gPhone spotted out in the wild, and today I deliver.  The official release date of the Android-powered T-Mobile Dream is the 23 of this month (a day quickly approaching - http://mashable.com/...ember-23/ ).
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Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing SquirrelFish Extreme  —  Just three months ago, the WebKit team announced SquirrelFish, a major revamp of our JavaScript engine featuring a high-performance bytecode interpreter.  Today we'd like to announce the next generation of our JavaScript engine - SquirrelFish Extreme (or SFX for short).
Fred / A VC:
It's Time To Open Up The Feeds To Marketers  —  I wrote a post a week or two ago where I talked about the increasing importance of feeds as an interface to social media and media and information in general.  I don't really mean “rss feeds” when I say feeds, although reading this blog's feed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
That Was Fun, But Now Ebay's Selling Off 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.
Ars Technica:
Comcast loses P2P religion, goes agnostic on throttling  —  Comcast has finally provided the FCC with details of its new congestion management system, and there's a lot to like.  Deep packet inspection it out.  P2P protocol targeting is out.  Management systems that affect entire regions are out.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Dan Lyons: I'm sorry I'm not as funny as Fake Steve Jobs  —  Dan Lyons the former Forbes editor whose brilliant Web parodies of Apple's CEO entertained tech enthusiasts for two years, publicly apologized Friday to those who complain that he's not funny since he stopped writing as his alter ego, the Fake Steve Jobs.
Discussion: Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Why the Yahoogle Deal Will Likely Launch-And Be Coming to an Internet Near You on October 9  —  Yesterday, BoomTown took a rather strong stand against Google and its recent aggressive efforts to defend its outsourcing deal to sell some of Yahoo's search advertising.
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J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Web 2.0: Google Chrome To Support Add-Ons  —  Google said it will work hard to make sure its add-on paradigm keeps Chrome stable, unlike add-ons for Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  —  Google's new Web browser eventually will support add-ons and user scripts à la Firefox Add-ons …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Tenn. legislator confirms son is at center of Palin hack chatter  —  Blogs, message boards link college student to e-mail address reportedly used by hacker  —  Computerworld) A Tennessee state legislator has confirmed that his son, a 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's New Board to Meet  —  Yahoo Inc.'s revamped board will meet for the first time next week, giving investor Carl Icahn his first chance to push his agenda for the Internet company from the inside.  —  The new board, which includes Mr. Icahn and two new directors Yahoo chose and Mr. Icahn supported …
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
App Store is a Goldmine: Indie Developer Makes $250,000 in Two Months  —  First, watch this:  —  The game is called Trism, and it's an example of why - despite Apple throwing its toys out of the pram every time it sees an iPhone App it doesn't like - developers will continue to make quality software for the App Store.
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
EA to Spore players: We're sorry for DRM  —  The consumer is always right.  Electronic Arts, stung by a siege of criticism from gamers who took issue with the copyright restrictions the company placed on its Spore game, this morning issued an apology and said it would loosen the electronic locks on the game.
Discussion: Techdirt, Ars Technica and CNET News
The Official Google Blog:
Changes in Phoenix  —  At Google, engineering is everything - no great engineers, no life enhancing products, no happy users.  So we've spent a lot of time structuring our engineering operations to make the most of the exceptional talent that's available across America …
Mashable!:
Forget Hodgman.  Forget Eva Longoria.  Microsoft Wants YOU to Play PC.  —  Most everyone knows that the Microsoft ads with Seinfeld didn't go over very well with the blog world, so they've started an “I'm a PC” campaign.  And they've also launched an interesting online viral marketing site to go along with this new ad campaign.
Symbian Smart Phones World:
ULTRA HOT: Two New Nokia Eseries Phones In The Works - Nokia E72 and E75 Leaked!!!!!  —  + ULTRA HOT: Two New Nokia Eseries Phones In The Works!  —  Nokia E72 and E75 Leaked!!!!!  —  Two New Nokia QWERTY Phones In The Works!  —  Leaking confidential information is the growing problem.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Google now one of the top 10 most valuable brands  —  Interbrand has concluded its study of this year's top brands and released its annual Best Global Brands survey, a valuation based on several factors of international reach and financial growth.  A number of tech companies, including Google …
Paul Keegan / Fortune:
Testing your iPhone coolness  —  Your iPhone applications say a lot about you.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — If you're still racking your brain trying to think of pre-meeting small talk - about the weather, say, or “The Game” - help has arrived.  —  Want to break the ice while demonstrating your coolness?
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Twittermoms Shows Why Twitter Needs Groups  —  This is why Twitter needs groups.  After only 15 days, mothers are signing up at an astounding rate to Twittermoms.com.  According to its founder, the site's growth has been unexpectedly strong, and about 39 percent of its 5,000-or-so daily users are considered …
Discussion: twitter moms
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Web 2.0 Expo: Zoho To Launch App Store, Support For Offline E-Mail  —  Developers will keep 100% of revenue from app sales, while Zoho will make its money by charging users to host large instantiations of the apps.  —  Zoho, which makes an online office suite of 18 apps including word processor …
Discussion: Mashable! and Pulse 2.0
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Will This E-Reader Replace Papers?  —  The promise of an electronic device that can serve as an acceptable substitute for a daily newspaper should get a boost this Monday, when iRex Technologies releases its latest e-reader: the iRex Digital Reader 1000.  —  The new model, available …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Talk Like a Pirate Day: Will The Web Audience Ever Grow Up?  —  Sometimes I have a feeling that the entire web industry is full of hip and cool kids - no matter how old they are and how expensive their toys like iPhone and Apple MacBook Air are.  Today's example is the Talk Like A Pirate day that seems to be absolutely everywhere.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
The looming crisis: Personal syndication overload  —  Today, for kicks, I tried to draw a map of all the places I write content, all the places it is displayed, and all the intermediate services that re-post my content in places other than where I originally write it.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Connect Spotted In The Wild. Will Beacon Finally Die?
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Metamorphic Ventures Adds Ex-Googler As Managing Partner
Discussion: metamorphic.vc and Valleywag
John Leyden / The Register:
Mozilla plans mobile Firefox, plus ‘public resource’ usage data
Discussion: Unwired View and TG Daily
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
If Best Buy walks, Real's Rhapsody will hurt
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search adds features as market share shrinks
Al Sacco / CIO.com:
Mac BlackBerry Users Rejoice: RIM Promises New Mac Tools
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
net4mac social networking comes to iPhone
 Earlier Items: 
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
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A. Chris Gajilan / CNN:
Cell phones can affect sperm quality, researcher says
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and Unwired View
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand is Dead, Dead, Dead
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Rallying Cry for Display Ads
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Drop.io Launches Geo-Location File Sharing
Discussion: webmonkey
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Parallels 4 to tout OS X Server VM, dual-core, new interface