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10:30 AM ET, September 19, 2008

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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.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Report: eBay Trying To Ditch StumbleUpon.  What About Skype?  —  Mike Arrington says eBay is trying to pawn off recommendation engine StumbleUpon, which it picked up last year for $75 million.  We suppose that makes sense, given that John Donahoe is in reorg/slimdown mode …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's “I'm a PC” Ad Beats Seinfeld (But Not Hodgman)  —  Phase 2 of Microsoft's Windows ad campaign debuted tonight during The Office, and the latest work by ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky definitely beats the crap out of those (ill-fated?)  Gates/Seinfeld ads when it comes to making a point.
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, FriendFeed (Who Else?)  Dives Into Talk Like A Pirate Day  —  Ok, it's clever.  Facebook added a translated version of the site today in honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day.  But instead of seeing Facebook in French or Esperanto, you can see Facebook in “Pirate.”
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Roundup: Brin's blog, O'Reilly gets serious, Joost's browser …
Discussion: Mashable!
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:   O'REILLY SIGNALS FREE WEB 2.0 PARTY IS OVER?
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.
Sergey Brin / too:
LRRK2  —  For more than 20 years, my mother has worked with computers at NASA.  So, when she developed a pain in her hands the diagnosis seemed easy — Repetitive Stress Injury.  Except that it wasn't so easy.  As her mysterious symptoms progressed it varied — RSI, fibromyalgia (unexplained pain), Lyme Disease, and so forth.
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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.
Market Wire:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber  —  Jabber's Presence and Messaging Software to Enhance Cisco's Collaboration Portfolio  —  Cisco (CSCO - News) today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc., a provider of presence and messaging software.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Google Searches at 63% of the Search Market for August 2008  —  comScore has released their search market data for August 2008.  Google saw 63% of the 11.7 billion core searches conducted in the U.S. during the late summer month.  The number of core searches barely changed from July to August …
Discussion: Reuters
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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
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Next-Gen E-Readers Arrive  —  Amazon's Kindle was fun.  Now it's time for electronic readers to get to work.  —  On Monday, Netherlands-based iRex Technologies is slated to unveil the iRex Reader 1000, the first in a wave of e-reader devices that promise bigger screens and improved interfaces and functionality.
Discussion: TeleRead, I4U News and Engadget
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.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho: The Little Engine That Could (Take on Both Microsoft and Google)  —  We all love the David and Goliath story.  What about David vs two Goliaths?  That is the improbable story of Zoho, the Web Office startup competing head on with both Microsoft and Google.
Discussion: InformationWeek
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.
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best BitTorrent Applications  —  The days of peer-to-peer file sharing tools ushered into popularity by the original Napster are over and done, and today, BitTorrent reigns supreme.  It took some time for BitTorrent to gain mainstream popularity, but now that it has …
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
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 …
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
JR Raphael / Today @ PC World:
Palin Hack: How It Happened and How to Keep Your Account Safe  —  The hacker who claims credit for breaking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account is revealing how he did it — and the process is far simpler than one might have imagined.  Keep reading and see if your own accounts are really as secure as you think.
Discussion: Voices and InformationWeek
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy
 
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CNET News:
QuickTime and iTunes DoS exploit released
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Hubdub signs partner deal with Reuters
Helen Nugent / Times of London:
Texting while driving is more dangerous than drink-driving
Discussion: DailyTech and The Register
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Amazon Enters the File-Shipping Business
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How Many Web Services Can One Person Use?
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DCRP Review: Nikon D90
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Mobilize: Launchpad  —  Judging the Launchpad startups.
Discussion: last100 and Latest Geek Stuff
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cyber Attack Data-Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told
Discussion: Danger Room
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Carrier Panel: Strategies To Keep Mobile Data Growing
Discussion: mocoNews.net and VentureBeat
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet, 12 Inches of Touchtasticness
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog, Tech Blog and Crave
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's “Submit Your Content” …
Discussion: Content Central Blog