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5:50 AM ET, September 21, 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 — Update  —  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 …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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.
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why the Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Is Nothing to Fear  —  GOOGLE controls about 70 percent of the search advertising market.  Doesn't that give it a monopolist's ability to set prices as high as it wishes?  —  It does not.  Google does not set the prices.  Its advertisers do …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Why Sergey Brin May Have Disclosed His Risk for Parkinson's  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin on Thursday disclosed that he carried a genetic mutation that gave him a higher-than-average risk of contracting Parkinson's disease.  —  When I called medical experts and financial analysts for comment …
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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.”
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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 …
Discussion: Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is MySpace Music An Antitrust Lawsuit Waiting To Happen?  —  The billboards are up, the CEO search continues, and MySpace Music is set to launch sometime next week.  It would have launched last week, but protracted negotiations with EMI to bring it aboard along with the other three music labels is believed to be the cause of the delay.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Is Facebook Shutting Down Beacon?  —  Last week, there was a little stir in the blogosphere when some users and developers discovered that Facebook's Beacon service (designed to easily share information about your off-Facebook activity with friends inside Facebook) still exists.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
Discussion: Digg
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Javelin 8900 Hands-On Hardware First Look  —  A Hands-On First Look at the BlackBerry Javelin 8900!  —  w00t!  It's time for yet another hands-on first look of a pre-release, pre-officially announced BlackBerry smartphone.  We brought you the web's first review of the BlackBerry Bold …
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.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Comcast Discloses Throttling Practices — BitTorrent Targeted  —  Comcast came clean with the Federal Communications Commission late Friday, detailing how it throttled and targeted peer-to-peer traffic — maneuvers it has repeatedly denied.  —  The cable concern said (.pdf) it indeed hit …
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