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2:00 PM ET, September 21, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why the Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Is Something to Fear  —  Randall Stross at The New York Times goes to bat for the Google/Yahoo search marketing deal, saying there's “nothing to fear” from the two companies linking their search products.  I believe most of his analysis is wrong, and he also skips the publisher side of the market entirely.
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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: Mashable! and Beyond Search
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumors of 8GB iPhone's death were greatly exaggerated  —  Like manna from China, iPhones fall from the sky into California  —  In case you blinked, a number of sites were reporting a shortage of 8GB iPhones yesterday, including Apple 2.0. … In California, only the Valley Fair Mall …
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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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple runs short of entry-level iPhones — Update
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley's resiliency might get tested  —  For the last two years, with the economy collapsing all around it, the technology sector and Silicon Valley in particular have proven to be particularly resilient.  —  But that might not be the case forever.
Discussion: GigaOM, Webomatica and Creative Capital
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Technology Doesn't Dumb Us Down.  It Frees Our Minds.  —  EVERYONE has been talking about an article in The Atlantic magazine called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”  Some subset of that group has actually read the 4,175-word article, by Nicholas Carr.  —  To save you some time, I was going to give you a 100-word abridged version.
Discussion: RexBlog.com
John Naughton / Guardian:
Computers are the only worthwhile asset banks have left  —  Every cloud has a silver lining.  Ask the cybersquatters.  Even as the short-selling vultures began circling Lehman Brothers, HBOS, Merrill Lynch and co, a legion of entrepreneurs began betting on domain names for hastily merged financial institutions.
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: DSLreports and Digg
Vincent Laforet / Vincent Laforet's Blog:
Something Very Interesting is coming...both to this blog and to our industry  —  COPYRIGHT LAFORET VISUALS INC. DO NOT COPY *(See Note at the end of this article)  —  I had it in my hands for less than 72 hours before I had to send it back - but the time I did have with a prototype …
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.
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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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 …
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
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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 …
Discussion: Digg
 
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