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8:45 PM ET, September 20, 2008

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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Evidence points toward iPhone 3G home activation and model refresh  —  Multiple sources inside Apple Retail have reported evidence pointing toward a contract free, home activation option for future iPhone 3G sales, along with the possibility of a model refresh in pricing and capacity similar to last year's.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple runs short of entry-level iPhones  —  If you move fast, you might be able to snatch one of the last remaining 8 GB iPhones in California.  It's at the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara.  All the other Apple stores in the state — including the company's flagship outlets in Los Angeles …
Zhou / Blue:
Windows 7 M3 Build 6780: Pictures and Videos(soon)  —  Yes, new post about latest Windows 7 M3 Build 6780.  Background: I've reported priori Windows 7 versions before.  —  Start Menu: the visual design of search box and shutdown/lock buttons are changed.  The right panel is simplified.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's secrecy gameplan tested as more Win7 screenshots leak  —  As this week ended, more screenshots of an alleged test build marked as “M3″ (Milestone 3) of Windows 7 leaked across the Web — something about which neither Microsoft nor some of its testers seem very happy.
Discussion: LiveSide and Within Windows
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Digging Deeper  —  The high concept of Apple's long-running “Get a Mac” TV campaign is that the characters portrayed by John Hodgman and Justin Long are personified computers.  It's right there in the opening lines of every ad in the series: “Hello, I'm a Mac.”  “And I'm a PC.”
Discussion: Gizmodo and Adrants
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kottke.org:
The new Microsoft ads  —  After a couple of teasers starring Jerry Seinfeld, Microsoft is airing some new ads that take Apple's “I'm a PC” out into the real world.  So instead of John Hodgman's dorky PC character (who is parodied in one of the new ads), they've got all sorts of people …
Wikileaks:
Bill O'Reilly hacked 2008  —  File  — bill-oreilly-hacked-2008.jpg (click to view full file) … The file provides proof that the Fox News demagogue, Bill O'Reilly, has been hacked.  —  Wikileaks has been informed the hack was a response to the pundit's recent scurrilous attacks …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FoxNews commentator Bill O'Reilly's website hacked
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Zero Day and Boing Boing
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Submits Plans to Manage Broadband  —  Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable operator by subscribers, formally submitted plans to the Federal Communications Commission late Friday detailing how the company plans to manage its broadband network.  —  Rather than target specific types …
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Japanese Girl Sensation: Virtual Boyfriends (Webkare)  —  In Japan, girls are crazy over virtual boyfriends.  Webkare (Web Boyfriend in Japanese), a mix between a social network and dating simulation site, is Nippon's newest web sensation.  Geared exclusively towards girls …
New York Times:
As Text Messages Fly, Danger Lurks  —  LOS ANGELES — Senator Barack Obama used one to announce to the world his choice of a running mate.  Thousands of Americans have used them to vote for their favorite “American Idol” contestants.  Many teenagers prefer them to actually talking.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Secretly Sells Porn to P2P Users  —  MediaDefender is widely known for their anti-piracy operations, spoofing and decoying on file-sharing networks for the entertainment industry.  The company is doing more than that though, as we recently found out that adult affiliate programs …
NewTeeVee:
Skype Shutters Personal Broadcasting Service  —  Unobserved by mainstream journalists, Skype quietly closed its popular Skypecast personal broadcasting service late last month.  The decision is setting off howls of protest from loyal users, who are ready to bolt to competitive services.
Discussion: GigaOM
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
iPhone Developers Go From Rags to Riches  —  The iPhone is a revolutionary handset.  But it is also the key to a virtual gold mine — the iTunes App Store, where independent developers can become multimillionaires in just a year.  —  Since its launch in July, the App Store has grown to become an indie developer's dream come true.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
G1 appears on T-Mobile's site  —  Snap — looks like the Android-powered T-Mobile G1 is peeking out a little early in the form of a non-working pre-registration link on the my.t-mobile.com customer portal.  No specs or info, but if you had any doubt this thing was coming on Tuesday we'd say it just got cleared up.
 
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Jonathan Dee / New York Times:
The Tell-All Campus Tour
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Secret Microsoft Invasion of Yahoo Continues: MSN GM Headed There Soon?
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Seesmic Launches Mobile Cell Phone Video - Exclusive CEO Demo
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Analyst Predicts 400,000 Android Handsets Sold By End Of 2008
Discussion: DSLreports and Pulse 2.0