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10:05 PM ET, September 20, 2009


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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Project ‘Gaydar’  —  At MIT, an experiment identifies which students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy  —  It started as a simple term project for an MIT class on ethics and law on the electronic frontier.  —  Two students partnered up to take on the latest Internet fad …
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Pink and Microsoft Tablet (Take 2): A couple of updates  —  Project Pink and the rumored remake of a Microsoft Tablet are back on the rumor treadmill this weekend.  —  It's been quiet out there lately on both fronts.  Here's a recap — plus a couple of small updates — that I've heard recently about these two skunk-works efforts.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile, I4U News and WMExperts
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Eric Schmidt's Favorite Google Product?  Chrome!  —  What's Google CEO Eric Schmidt's favorite Google product at the moment?  When I asked him that this week, I expected a “I love all my children equally” answer.  Instead, Schmidt surprised me answering without hesitation: Google's Chrome browser.
Discussion: Techgeist, and
What Have VCs Really Done for Innovation?  —  This is a guest post by Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic.  He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive in Residence at Duke University.  Follow him on Twitter at @vwadhwa.
Discussion: HighContrast, Thanks:atul
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
VCs Are Useless?  That's Bulls**t.  —  Vivek Wadhwa has a guest post up on TechCrunch, “What Have VCs Really Done For Innovation?”  It's obviously meant to court controversy.  Mission accomplished.  —  This post is my refutation.  Wadhwa's post claims:
Vladimir Vukievi:
WebGL in Firefox Nightly Builds  —  Last night, I checked in some more work from Mark Steele (who's focusing on the Firefox WebGL implementation), and along with that, enabled WebGL in trunk nightlies.  (Finally!)  —  If you're not familiar with WebGL, it's the evolution of work …
Discussion: Download Squad and Raph's Website
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Working to Revise Digital Books Settlement  —  For months, Google and its partners in a class-action settlement that would allow the company to create a vast digital library appeared unmoved by a rising tide of opposition.  —  Google and its settlement partners …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
At long last, GIMP v2.8 to finally implement single-window interface  —  The GIMP is one of those applications that people either seem to love or hate.  While it's always been a powerful and capable alternative to big commercial apps like Photoshop, GIMP's multiple floating window interface has been hard for some users to adapt to.
Yahoo's New Ad Pitch: “It's You!”  —  By Suzanne Vranica and Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  Yahoo is planning to Tuesday reintroduce its battered brand to the public on Tuesday with a massive global marketing campaign, according to people familiar with the effort.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Phorm sheds directors, grumpy website and... money?  —  The webside adware company is getting low on directors, and possibly cash, as it prepares to announce its financial results.  What's the outlook?  —  Remember Phorm?  Of course you do - everyone's favourite (sometimes, or often …
Discussion: Telegraph
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
We've got the goods on some upcoming AT&T smartphones from HTC and Garmin-ASUS  —  While many of you spent last night watching grown men pummel one another into submission, we here at BGR put in some over time so we could get to the bottom of the pricing of some upcoming AT&T smartphones.
Joshua Auerbach / GigaOM:
New Media Demands a New Kind of Media Company  —  The media like nothing more than to cover the media.  For that reason, there has been near-endless coverage of the struggles of “old media” companies trying to succeed online.  Pundits debate the possible return of “pay walls” to the web …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Can Amazon Be Wal-Mart of the Web?  —  THE hum of 102 rooftop air conditioners and a chorus of beeping electric carts provide the acoustic backdrop in's 605,000-square-foot distribution facility on this city's west side.  But the center's employees can almost always hear Terry Jones.
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