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12:50 PM 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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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.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Report: eBay Trying To Ditch StumbleUpon. What About Skype?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cisco scoops up Jabber
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Tiffany Wu / Reuters:
Cisco to buy messaging software company Jabber
Discussion: Industry Standard
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.
Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing SquirrelFish Extreme  —  Just three months ago, we 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).
Discussion: MacRumors and webmonkey
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Cameron Zwarich / Summer of JavaScriptCore:   SquirrelFish Extreme has landed!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Better Way To Collaborate: OpenACircle  —  OpenACircle is a new collaboration tool for teams which includes innovative screen-sharing and video conferencing features for instant collaboration with co-workers.  This makes OpenACircle somewhat unique in the web-based project/task management space …
Discussion: Webware.com and Profy
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Yugma Integrates Screen Sharing with Skype
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
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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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Roundup: Brin's blog, O'Reilly gets serious, Joost's browser version goes live and more  —  Google's co-founder Sergey Brin starts his own blog — Dubbed “too”, Brin starts off by detailing his fears of getting Parkinson's disease since it runs in his family.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, FriendFeed (Who Else?)  Dives Into Talk Like A Pirate Day
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Drop.io Launches Geo-Location File Sharing  —  NY-based private file sharing service Drop.io has announced the launch of geo-location based drops.  The concept works like this — you upload files into your drop.  Once uploaded you can tag the drop with a location.
Jibi / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0: your first looky looky  —  Remember when we first mentioned OS 5.0 nearly one and a half years ago?  Yes, it's been that long.  Although that version matured into what we now know as OS 4.5, earlier this year, we broke the story about the formal introduction of OS 5.0 within the walls of Waterloo.
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.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Parallels 4 to tout OS X Server VM, dual-core, new interface  —  Competition between virtualization software developers is about to kick into overdrive thanks to the ongoing development Parallels Desktop 4, which people familiar with the update say will significantly expand hardware …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC's Web sites see surge in traffic  —  iTunes sells 1 mil since Sept. 9; news events draw visitors  —  The Peacock felt gale-force winds beneath its wings this week on the Internet.  —  A trio of unrelated events conspired to give NBC Universal record traffic at three Web locations: CNBC.com, NBC.com and iTunes.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and Lost Remote
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Marketing That Works: My Top 3 Tips  —  So last year, most people decided that marketing real products in virtual worlds like Second Life doesn't work.  Since then, however, I've come across some avatar-driven advertising campaigns with very impressive numbers.
Paul Taylor / Inquirer:
Atom 330 makes its debut  —  Early bird catches the sample  —  THE DUAL-CORE brother to Intel's Atom lives and breathes as we speak.  The Guru of 3D somehow landed an engineering sample from ECS and had some time to run basic benchmarks on the CPU.  If you thought the original Atom was slow, then this one's only half as slow.
Nicola Leske / Reuters:
LTE wireless technology passes moving car test  —  BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Mobile operator T-Mobile and Nortel Networks (NT.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have successfully tested a new high-speed wireless technology designed to make mobile connections as fast as fixed fiber links, T-Mobile said.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget Mobile and Reuters
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Troydbrown / BlackBerryNews.com:
8220 Pearl Also Headed to O2 and T-Mobile Germany
Discussion: IntoMobile and BlackBerry Cool
 
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Next-Gen E-Readers Arrive
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