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4:45 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 …
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 …
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: WMPoweruser.com
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: louisgray.com, Techgeist and Neowin.net
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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Now, an Invention Inventors Will Like  —  The world can be a rough place for independent inventors.  They can often find themselves in court, battling big corporations, spending piles of money on lawyers and leaving it up to judges and juries to determine the value of their hard-won patents.
TechCrunch:
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
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Chris / Adventures in Capitalism:
VCs Are Useless? That's Bulls**t.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Digits:
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
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Adobe Gets Into Widget Distribution And Advertising With Help From Gigya  —  Many of the widgets scattered across the Web are made in Flash, but Adobe doesn't participate in the widget economy.  Today, it is taking a first tentative step towards changing that with the release …
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.
Thanks:blogfisher
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Last Major PC Makers Ditch Chinese Web Filter  —  Some of the few PC makers who offered a controversial Web filtering program mandated by China have reversed those plans, dealing the latest blow to China's efforts to deploy the software nationwide.  —  Lenovo, Acer and Sony have all stopped bundling …
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama open to newspaper bailout bill
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Working to Revise Digital Books Settlement
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Phorm sheds directors, grumpy website and... money?
Discussion: Telegraph
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
At long last, GIMP v2.8 to finally implement single-window interface
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Auerbach / GigaOM:
New Media Demands a New Kind of Media Company
Discussion: Geek News Central, Thanks:atul
Nick Heath / CNET News:
Why virus writers are turning to open source
Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Police ready to ‘take on’ commenters, chief says