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6:55 PM ET, September 19, 2008

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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huh.  Those Mac Ads Aren't As Funny Any More.  —  I sat down to write a post that highlights the really innovative new Apple ad running over two ad units on the New York Times (see video below).  The ad unit came out today, the same day as Microsoft released their new set of “I'm a PC” …
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' Ads Created On Macs
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.
Apple:
Apple Announces Ultracompact USB Adapter Exchange Program  —  Apple® today announced that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating the risk of electric shock.
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Apple recalls Ultracompact USB Power Adapter, but calls it an exchange program  —  Attention iP3G and Ultracompact USB Power Adapter owners-  —  Today, Apple made it clear that the little USB power adapter that came with our iP3G (first thumbnail after the jump or for those who bought …
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.
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
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   NBC content and the web: It just works
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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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.
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.
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: CNET News
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?
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 …
Al Sacco / CIO.com:
Mac BlackBerry Users Rejoice: RIM Promises New Mac Tools  —  The future is bright for Apple Mac users who love their RIM BlackBerrys.  That's because new, Mac-compatible tools for BlackBerry users are expected within the first half of 2009.  Wireless services that will address BlackBerry-related issues …
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 …
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 …
Google Android News Android Forums:
HTC Dream G1 In The Wild  —  Are these the first pics of the Android powered HTC Dream/G1 in the wild?  —  This image has surfaced on a personal blog from the Utterli.com network.  Little detail is given surrounding the nature of the images. … Did you enjoy this post?
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
net4mac social networking comes to iPhone  —  net4mac, a social network for Mac users, is now available on the iPhone.  A native app is available for download from the App Store, for $4.99.  —  net4mac was created to help Mac users connect with one another.
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Connect Spotted In The Wild.  Will Beacon Finally Die?  —  Your Facebook ID is about to be accepted at a whole lot more sites than just Facebook.  Developers have been hacking away with Facebook Connect since last May, and now partner sites are getting ready to launch.
Discussion: The Real McCrea
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 …
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Use Hulu, Pandora, or the BBC iPlayer from any country  —  Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  While using a proxy server might violate the usage license of your ISP or the site you are using, it is as far as I know, not illegal.  Still, if you are cautious or in doubt, check with a real lawyer …
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Metamorphic Ventures Adds Ex-Googler As Managing Partner
Discussion: Valleywag and metamorphic.vc
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Web 2.0 Expo: Zoho To Launch App Store, Support For Offline E-Mail
Discussion: Mashable!, Zoli's Blog and Pulse 2.0
John Leyden / The Register:
Mozilla plans mobile Firefox, plus ‘public resource’ usage data
Discussion: Unwired View
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
Ashish Sinha / pluGGd.in to Indian Startups:
Yahoo India Launches Spotm - Social Network for the Youth
Discussion: TechCrunch
A. Chris Gajilan / CNN:
Cell phones can affect sperm quality, researcher says
Discussion: Gizmodo, Unwired View and Switched
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