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12:40 PM ET, September 26, 2007


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David Gainer / Microsoft Excel:
Calculation Issue Update  —  Yesterday we were alerted to an issue in Excel 2007 (and Excel Services 2007) involving calculation of numbers around 65,535.  The Excel team would like to provide a description of the issue and explain what we're doing about it.  —  Background
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Microsoft's Plan To Bring In Outside Talent  —  Before Brian McAndrews agreed to take charge of a crucial piece of Microsoft Corp.'s online advertising business, he insisted on a key condition: that he be granted certain power over the engineering part of the operation.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Official Google Blog:
A new caffeine-free way to stay alert  —  Since new videos are constantly appearing all over the web, it's difficult to keep tabs on all of them.  But now Google Alerts will make it easy for you to add video to your other Alerts: News, Web, Blog and Groups.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage: How Low Can You Go?  —  Vonage (VG), the Holmdel, NJ-based VoIP service provider has been on the ropes for so long that you think it can't get any worse.  But it does!  Earlier this year the company lost a patent infringement case to Verizon, and was asked by the courts to pay Verizon …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
More on the Amazon MP3 Store  —  So why Amazon is even bothering with a music download store, given that "everyone knows" the iTunes Store is a loss-leader that Apple offers just to sell more iPods?  —  Because that's bulls**t.  Apple is making good money from the iTunes Store.
Rafat Ali /
HuffingtonPost Raises Another $5 Million; Same Investors Including Pittman  —  HuffingtonPost, the uber-blog, has quietly raised another $5 million in a second institutional round of funding.  The round included all previous investors: Softbank Capital, Greycroft Partners, CEO and co-founder Ken Lerer and Bob Pittman's Pilot Group.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple sends takedown notice to iPod hacker's ISP  —  Yesterday, Erica posted in her state of the iPod touch jailbreak that a hacker named "Martyn" had obtained a broken iPod touch, and was planning to dive in and download every bit of code on it in the increasingly complicated effort to put 3rd party applications on the iPod touch.
Tim Donnelly Smith / Truphone press office:
Truphone to demonstrate first VoIP-over-WiFi call on Apple's iPhone … Truphone to demonstrate first VoIP-over-WiFi call on Apple's iPhone  —  Truphone will today give the first public demonstration of a Voice over Internet Protocol over Wi-Fi phone call on the Apple iPhone.
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
MIT students turn famed Harvard statue into 'Halo' chief  —  It goes without saying that in addition to a stellar reputation for academic innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is renowned for its geeky pranks.  The best-known of these was perhaps the time when students decorated …
Discussion: CNET
Justin McElroy / Joystiq:
The best thing you'll see today: John P. Harvard goes Halo
Discussion: Neatorama, Feld Thoughts, Tech Blog and Digg
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
A New Short Story Imagines Google as a Bad Big Brother  —  In science-fiction author Cory Doctorow's short story "Scroogled," a woman shrugs when she sees "Immigration—Powered by Google" on an airport sign, but that's just the beginning of the search giant's presence in a not-too-distant future.
Rafat Ali /
RealNetworks To Buy Online Casual Games Site GameTrust; Price Less Than $50 Million  —  RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) is making a smallish online gaming acquisition, has learned: NYC-based online casual gaming site Gametrust.  While we don't know the exact price, we do know it is less than $50 million.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
When wireless > DSL: Sprint, Motorola show off WiMAX on the Chicago River  —  On a muggy early-autumn evening, I set sail down the Chicago River with a group of Motorola and Sprint executives, marketing people, analysts, and journalists.  Everyone was there to see one thing: Mobile WiMAX …
Discussion: Computerworld and
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Midnight Madness: Benjamins for iPhones in Manhattan  —  In New York this week for the NewTeeVee Pier Screenings, I was stranded without a crucial piece of Apple (AAPL) equipment and had to make an emergency run to the store tonight.  I decided that with the time difference in my favor …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sling Media, EchoStar & Ma Bell: The Buyout Game  —  The $380 million purchase of Sling Media by EchoStar (DISH) may turn out be act one of a drama that climaxes with AT&T (T) buying EchoStar's satellite broadcast business.  The company has asked its board of directors to split the company into two divisions — both publicly traded.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
EchoStar to Acquire Sling Media
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Global Grind: Ajax, Finally, For The Hip Hop Demographic  —  The global hip-hop community: twenty four million people between the ages of 19-34, from a range of nationalities, ethnic groups and religions.  Their collective spending power is $500 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
Caroline McCarthy /
SUGAR TO SWEETEN ITS GIRLY OFFERINGS WITH SHOPSTYLE GRAB  —  Blog network Sugar Publishing, which operates a popular array of pastel-hued women's lifestyle and entertainment titles, has agreed to acquire social shopping start-up for an undisclosed amount.
Discussion: BoomTown
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
MSN Video Gets Update  —  Microsoft has released a new version of MSN Video, offering users and advertisers a better experience by improving the ability to find premium and user-generated video content from the MSN Video library along with adding new sharing features, and introducing a new time-based advertising delivery model.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Halo 3 Arrives, Rewarding Gamers, and Microsoft
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Bookmarking Faceoff Reloaded
Report: Judge to order Apple to show option records
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Miguel Helft / Bits:
What's in Google's Name?
Discussion: AppScout and Profy.Com
Will Knight / New Scientist:
Robot dogs race to be soldier's best friend
Discussion: The Register
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Ranking Changes : Domain Name Importance & 301 Redirects
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
You Be The VC: Reality Programming Comes To Venture Capital
Discussion: PSFK
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Sony PSP Says Change Your Shirt
 Earlier Items: 
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
Emergent Business Networks - The Real Enterprise 2.0 Story
Discussion: Yankee Magazine
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile announces Sidekick LX and Sidekick Slide
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
AOL's Mobile Ambitions
Sydney Morning Herald:
No space for non-Optus Aussie mobile users
Nicholas Negroponte: Oh, no laptops per child?
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Changing Hats  —  Red Hat Chief Executive Matthew Szulik is a hard man to please.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Kara Swisher Deconstructs Facebook
Google GMail E-mail Hijack Technique