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4:10 PM ET, September 28, 2007

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BBC:
Microsoft bows to pressure on XP  —  Customer demand has forced Microsoft to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months.  —  Microsoft was scheduled to stop selling the six-year-old operating system on 30 January 2008 to leave the field clear for Vista.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Act Now and Get a Downgrade to the OS You Really Want, ABSOLUTELY FREE!  —  It's looking more and more like the pent-up demand for Windows Vista we've heard so much about this past year is really just pent-up demand for Windows XP.  —  With Vista failing to win over the consumer …
Discussion: Ars Technica
George Ou:
More facts and less hysteria on Vista, please!
Discussion: The Register
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft extends Windows XP's stay
Discussion: The Tech Report and jkOnTheRun
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's growth, an unwinnable iPhone war and a reputation at risk  —  Apple is clearly in a war with hackers over the iPhone and its most loyal fans could take a few hits.  How Apple performs through these battles will determine the company's overall reputation going forward.
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BBC:
Apple update disables iPhones  —  An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.  —  Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device "permanently inoperable".
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple has a PR nightmare brewing...
Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Creates 'EyeLab' To Woo Web Surfers  —  CBS Corp. thinks Web surfers would rather watch a blooper reel from the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" than an actual episode of the show.  —  To cater to what it believes is the short attention span of online audiences, the network today is launching CBS EyeLab …
Business Wire:
3Com Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by Bain Capital Partners for $5.30 Per Share in Cash  —  Transaction valued at $2.2 billion  —  MARLBOROUGH, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS - News) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired …
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Die!  Press release!  Die!  Die!  Die!  —  I've been telling the PR industry for some time now that things cannot go along as they are . . . business as usual while mainstream media goes to hell in a hand basket.  I've been saying this privately and publicly and having some very useful discussions on this topic.
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces The Ultimate Consumer Entertainment Source: The MOTORIZR Z6tv  —  The MOTORIZR Z6tv is Motorola's First Device to Premiere V CAST Mobile TV  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SCHAUMBURG, IL — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 73: The (Sleepy) Attack of the Yahoo Vice Presidents  —  Despite a lot of noisy speculation all around the Internet yesterday about big changes afoot, let me give you the skinny on exactly what is going to happen today at Yahoo when all its top brass gather at its Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters for an all-day confab.
Susan Lundgren / Apple:
Daniel Cooperman to Join Apple as General Counsel  —  Apple® today announced that Daniel Cooperman, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Oracle Corporation, will join Apple as the company's senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo tops Google in quality of searches, study says  —  While Google dominates market share, Yahoo gets more users to click on results  —  September 28, 2007 (Computerworld) — While Google Inc. dominates the search query business, results generated by Yahoo Inc.'s search engine result …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The problem with newspaper blogs is . . .  . . . they are on newspaper sites.  —  I've come to argue that newspapers should not be big brands but big collections of brands.  —  If I develop a relationship with a blog, I don't go searching for it through the many layers of an adventure game that is newspaper-site navigation.
Discussion: PDA, SmoothSpan Blog, Gawker and Romenesko
Cristina Jimenez / BBC:
British Library books go digital  —  More than 100,000 old books previously unavailable to the public will go online thanks to a mass digitisation programme at the British Library.  —  The programme focuses on 19th Century books, many of which are unknown as few were reprinted after first editions.
Discussion: Profy.Com and eFoundations
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Senator: Verizon Wireless Proves Need for Net Neutrality  —  U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan calls Verizon Wireless' initial decision to reject text messages from a pro-abortion group "troublesome."  —  Verizon Wireless' decision to reject text messages from a pro-abortion group …
 
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Karen Donovan / New York Times:
Law Firms Go a Bit Hollywood to Recruit the YouTube Generation
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
5 things you need to know about the iPhone 1.1.1 update
Om Malik / GigaOM:
OLPC Has A Network Problem
Discussion: Valleywag
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
'Citizen Journalists' Evade Blackout On Myanmar News
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Asus intros U1E ultra-portable laptop
Discussion: Mobility Site
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Buys Mobile-Social Site Zingku
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Again Is Calling Overseas
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MPAA continues war on illicit online video, sues Cinematube, Ssupload
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone a No-Show in Paris: UPDATE
Discussion: The Register
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Internet Recession Watch: Awful Housing Gets Worse
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report:
Say hello to web standards
Discussion: MacUser
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Dot-Name Becomes Cybercrime Haven
Discussion: CircleID
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
Slide.com Grows 228% May - Sep, Overtakes Flickr in NZ
Joe Keiser / Next Generation:
New 360 Bundles For Christmas?  —  Best Buy's website …
Skrentablog:
Kosmix releases Google GFS workalike 'KFS' as open source
Discussion: Insider Chatter and OnoTech