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2:05 PM ET, September 13, 2007

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Bradley Horowitz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hacks come to life  —  By now, hopefully you're familiar with our Hack@Yahoo! program, where developers build cool tools or functionality on top of Yahoo! products.  Maybe you attended or read about our "Open Hack Day" last September (does a free Beck concert on the Yahoo! lawn ring a bell?).
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Christopher Phin / MacFormat:
Mum is no longer the word  —  OK, folks, what does this cryptic invite mean?  Suggestions in the comments!  —  Just to quell any conspiracy theories, the blanked out text is just the RSVP email address and phone number; we thought it only polite to hide them.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple invite brings UK hacks out in iPhone fever
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.  —  Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account …
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Does copyright create $2.2 trillion in value? No, but fair use does
Discussion: Techdirt
BBC:
Cancelled TV show goes to MySpace  —  The award-winning producers of TV shows Thirtysomething and My So-Called Life are taking their latest project online, citing "frustration" at US TV networks.  —  Quarterlife, a drama about a group of recent graduates in Chicago, started as a pilot for ABC in 2005 …
Discussion: Profy.Com and DailyTech
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MySpace, 'thirtysomething' Team Pair Up For New 'Network-Quality …
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent  —  Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates.  —  Many companies require testing of patches before they are widely installed, and businesses …
Alden DeSoto / Google Analytics Blog:
Reverting Back to Original "Average Time on Site" Calculation Today  —  We recently introduced a new way of calculating "Average Time on Site" that removed visitors who "bounce" from your website (people who hit one page of your site and then leave).  This updated calculation attempted to give …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Analytics Was Partly Showing Wrong Absolute Visitors
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Want to 'converse' with advertisers?  Me neither  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—I admit it; I'm cynical when it comes to advertising and marketing.  I believe that the sole purpose of advertising is to convince me to part with my well-earned and limited supply of money and persuade …
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
Apple iPod touch  —  When the iPhone came out in June, many people (myself included) loved it, but wanted it without the phone—and that pesky two-year contract with AT&T Wireless.  I'm no luddite, but I don't want my personal media player to ring in the middle of a song.
Discussion: Engadget, MacUser and Morning Paper
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung, Armani Phone Outed  —  Rumors of the Samsung and Armani partnership emerged a couple months back and now said partnership has unofficially unveiled the fruits of their labor, which is actually fairly old news now.  The SGH-P520 is a small CC-sized phone with a 2.6-inch touch screen …
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Stace / Unwired View:
SAMSUNG ARMANI IS SGH-P520 TOUCHSREEN CARD PHONE
Reuters:
Apple calls on UK press as iPhone talk swirls  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is calling a London news conference next Tuesday as speculation mounts that the consumer electronics guru will unveil long-awaited plans to bring its iconic iPhone cell phones to Europe.
Discussion: Compiler and Mobility Site
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
O2 finds Apple revenue-sharing to its taste  —  O2, the mobile phone company, laid the groundwork yesterday for an announcement of a tie-up with Apple to sell the US firm's iPhone handset.  —  Peter Erskine, the O2 chief executive, defended Apple's insistence that it receives a share of revenues from calls made on iPhones.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Virgin America Announce In-flight Broadband Details  —  Virgin America has partnered with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi to VA's entire fleet in early 2008.  American Airlines inked a deal earlier this year with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi, but VA seems to be a bit more proactive.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Founders' Ultimate Perk: A NASA Runway  —  In the annals of perks enjoyed by America's corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an uncrowded, federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Some Details About Google Related Genome Start-up, 23andMe  —  Did you know that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone can store your entire genome?  I learnt this earlier today when reading through Matthew Herper's piece on 23andMe over on Forbes.com.  —  23andMe is a company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Forbes and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone now software unlocked in 32 countries and 69 carriers  —  With the European and Asian iPhone rollouts still months away, is it any wonder to find the little guy venturing out on the mean, GSM streets all on his own?  According to that list above compiled by the iPhone Dev Team …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Beyond Ringtones and Games
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Andrew / Gaming Today:
Texas GameStop Manager Only Sells to Good Students
Discussion: Computerworld and The Raw Feed
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Offers $59.95 Office Ultimate 2007 to Students
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to tweak search in Vista SP1 in response to concerns
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Exploit code appears for Microsoft Agent bug
Discussion: Compiler
PC World:
Sony Drops DVD for Blu-ray Disc
Discussion: The Register
Mark Ward / BBC:
Online worlds to be AI incubators
Discussion: Wikinomics
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Company vows to deliver big cuts in data center costs
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Louis Hau / Forbes:
Q&A: CBS Interactive's Quincy Smith
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Revver Reaches One Year, $1 Million
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Study: 4.68 million UMPC units by 2012
David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Google map could break privacy law
Kate Greene / Technology Review Feed:
More-Efficient Phone Displays
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Web Video's Audience Likes 2.7 Minutes at a Time
Reuters:
Court stays ban on handset imports
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Eons Announces Big Layoffs as Company Refocuses on Social Networking …