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12:45 AM ET, September 21, 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 …
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
Micheal Lopez / The Official Google Blog:
A mysterious series for H.G. Wells  —  You might have noticed an unexplained set of doodles on the Google homepage and a couple tweets from our official Twitter stream, @google, over the last two weeks.  On September 5th, we posted a doodle with the abduction of our second ‘o’ and a coded tweet …
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 …
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Apple Seeking More Info From iPhone 3.1 Users Reporting Poor Battery Life  —  An undisclosed number of users who have posted on Apple's discussion boards about poor battery life following the iPhone 3.1 software update are being contacted by AppleCare helpdesk with a hefty list of 11 follow-up questions.
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.
Discussion: paidContent
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: Adventures in Capitalism and HighContrast, Thanks:atul
Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
VCs Are Useless? That's Bulls**t.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Hybrid Internet-TV Makes Progress in Europe  —  PARIS — Internet television has become so popular that some European broadcasters want to put it on TV — the one in the living room.  —  Within several months, viewers in Germany with specially equipped televisions may be able …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Want to read all about it online?  It may cost you  —  With their advertising revenue drying up, newspaper publishers spent much of the spring and summer debating whether to cut off free online access to some of the material they run in their shrinking print editions.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill  —  The president said he is “happy to look at” bills before Congress that would give struggling news organizations tax breaks if they were to restructure as nonprofit businesses.  —  “I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them …
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.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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