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6:10 PM ET, August 21, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Enlists Jerry Seinfeld In Its Ad Battle Against Apple  —  Microsoft Corp., weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple Inc.'s advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld.  —  The software giant's new $300 million advertising campaign, devised by a newly hired ad agency, has been closely guarded.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mac-Loving Seinfeld Endorsing Microsoft For $10 Million  —  In an effort to promote its poxy Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft is paying Jerry Seinfeld $10 million for an endorsement, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning.  Yes, because if there's one surefire …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twenty Thoughts About a Microsoft Ad Campaign I Haven't Seen Yet
Discussion: TG Daily
Grant Gross / PC World:
Comcast: No New Traffic Management Plan Yet  —  Comcast has made no final decisions on how to manage network congestion, despite news reports Wednesday that it will slow traffic for heavy users for up to 20 minutes during times of peak network use.  —  Comcast has been looking …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast to slow down heaviest 'Net users to DSL speeds
Discussion: TechSpot and BloggingStocks
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What Facebook's New ‘Engagement Advertising’ Means to Brands  —  Update: Only a few brands will trial these new ads, after testing, will then be broadly released later in the year.  —  A few days ago, I had a private briefing before the press with Tim Kendall, Director of Monetization at Facebook …
Discussion: VentureBeat, PC World and The Social
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching “Engagement Ads”, Is This New?
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Video: BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone Web Browser Showdown (It Gets Ugly)  —  We've seen the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone head-to-head before, as well as the Bold's greatly improved browsing powers over past BlackBerrys, but not side-by-side in a web browser race.  It actually gets pretty ugly, uglier than we thought it would.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Microsoft demands Xbox LIVE iPhone app to be set free  —  People seem to really like this App Store thing we keep hearing about, and apps are selling for the iPhone and iPod touch like hot cakes.  One too-descriptively-named app, 1337pwn XBOX Live Friends Application (iTunes link) …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Fair use gets a fair shake: YouTube tot to get day in court  —  The saga of the copyright-infringing toddler continues as a California court refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that Universal Music had filed an improper takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Miguel de Icaza:
SecondLife rolls out Mono-powered servers  —  Big news for the Mono team today.  —  Linden has started the roll out of their Mono-powered simulation servers.  —  Users can now opt into having their LSL scripts executed using the Mono VM (it remains an opt-in feature …
Discussion: The Register
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Babbagelinden / Official Second Life Blog:   Mono Launch  —  I'm delighted to announce that Mono is ready …
Sarah Lacy:
6% Can Be a Lot More Than You Think  —  Earlier this week, Paisano created quite a stir with his review of Y Combinator's demo day.  The reaction certainly shocked me, as I thought it was a pretty balanced piece.  He gave Y Combinator credit for a lot of Web innovation while bringing …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Zoho launches document sharing service  —  Today's addition to the rapidly-expanding suite of Zoho's productivity apps is Zoho Share, a straightforward utility for sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, PDF files, and slide shows.  The online app reads in several popular document formats …
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Introducing Zoho Share: Sharepoint Meets YouTube
Reuters:
Apple, MTS agree on iPhone sales in Russia  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has agreed with Mobile TeleSystems (MBT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (MTS) on the sale of iPhones in Russia and retail sales will begin in October, a market source told Reuters on Thursday.
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Anastasia Teterevleva / Reuters:
Apple, MTS agree on iPhone sales in Russia: source
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple may report unprecedented 3 million Mac quarter  —  The investment banking division of the Royal Bank of Canada said Thursday that Apple's back-to-school promotion is showing signs that it will drive the company to a record-smashing quarter in which sales of Macs could exceed 3 million.
Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel cuts phone-as-modem pricing from $50 to $15 per month  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is providing another possible incentive for customers to stick around, knocking $35 off one of its monthly plan offerings — but shoppers will need to check the fine print.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Welcome, Freshmen.  Have an iPod.  —  Taking a step that professors may view as a bit counterproductive, some universities are doling out Apple iPhones and Internet-capable iPods to students.  —  The always-on Internet devices raise some novel possibilities, like tracking where students congregate.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacUser, TeleRead, Switched and TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New C-SPAN Sites Get Way Unboring With YouTube, Twitter, Qik, Flash...  I'm willing to stand up and say it.  C-SPAN, which is dedicated to airing non-stop coverage of government proceedings and public affairs programming, is the one channel that we all skip past as fast as possible …
Discussion: Portfolio.com
BBC:
Web browser to get ‘privacy mode’  —  Microsoft is planning a “privacy mode” for the next release of its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser.  —  By clicking a button, users of IE8 will be able to limit how much information is recorded about where they go online and what they do.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Embargo Breakers: Who Exactly Do You Write For?  —  It seems that recently the problem with embargoes and breaking them has grown acute again.  I for one have seen at least 3 embargoes broken this week only and I can imagine there are others where I am simply unaware of the embargo time.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
12seconds extends its 15 minutes of fame with an API  —  12seconds has a goal: It wants to be the go-to platform for video status updates.  In order to make a good platform, you need a good application programming interface (API).  Today, 12seconds is launching that API and announcing its first three partners.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Photosynthing the nation's capital  —  A synth of images of the Lincoln Memorial.  Click on the image for a larger view.  —  (Credit: Ina Fried/CNET News.com)  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, I got a demo of how Microsoft was opening up Photosynth to consumers.  On Wednesday, I put it to the test.
 
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EMI/Virgin Records Sues Platinum Selling Band For $30 Million …
BBC:
New PlayStation and PSP unveiled
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iPhone of Home Phones Coming Next Year
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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