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2:45 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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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.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Up Close With Microsoft's Photosynth: Stitch Photos Together Auto-Magically
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Photosynth is Released and Moves to Virtual Earth
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Microsoft launches 3D wonder Photosynth for consumers
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) - Bring Us Your Data  —  A few months ago I talked about our plans to offer a persistent storage feature for Amazon EC2.  At that time I indicated that the service was in a limited alpha release with a small number of customers.
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Thorsten / RightScale Blog:
Why Amazon's Elastic Block Store Matters
Discussion: InfoWorld
Thorsten / RightScale Blog:   Amazon's Elastic Block Store explained
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.
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PR Newswire:
Rogers and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
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.
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Judge Delivers His Royal Purple Badness A Fair Use Smackdown
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Says Copyright Holders Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending DMCA Takedowns
Ryan Grove / wonko.com:
Yahoo! Search brings Search Assist, SearchMonkey, and more to the iPhone  —  In June, my boss came to me with a challenge: bring the full Yahoo! Search experience—including SearchMonkey, Search Assist, shortcuts, and other awesome Yahoo! Search features—to the iPhone with as few compromises as possible.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Search Launches iPhone Safari Version
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Iowa chosen for next Microsoft data center  —  The Iowa city of West Des Moines now has two things to celebrate.  —  The same week that hometown hero Shawn Johnson captured gold on the balance beam, the city has learned that a bunch of new jobs are headed its way.
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:   Microsoft: New Design for $500M Iowa Site
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: TeleRead, TUAW and GottaBeMobile
Fred / A VC:
Ten Things I Want On My Mobile Phone  —  1) Shazam for places - I blogged about this when I was in Scotland earlier this month.  I met a company at TechStars yesterday that might be able to build it.  I hope they do.  —  2) Shazam for people - same idea. even more possibilities for this one.
Discussion: Mobile Industry News
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.
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.
Discussion: Technology Live and Slashdot
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn launches an iPhone app, it's simple but it means business  —  If the iPhone wants to be taken serious as a business device it's going to have to have applications other than More Cowbell (the app that lets you simulate playing a cowbell).  A definite must-have for business users is LinkedIn, the professional online network.
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: All Facebook and Webware.com
Software Freedom Law Center:
A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance  —  1 Executive Summary  —  This is a guide to effective compliance with the GNU General Public License (GPL) and related licenses.  In accordance with the Software Freedom Law Center's (SFLC's) philosophy of assisting the community with GPL compliance cooperatively …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
AT&T Offers Rival to Best Buy's “Geek Squad”; $119 to Set Up Your New PC  —  Is AT&T (T) ready to take on Best Buy (BBY)?  The phone company today announced it will offer a technical support team providing in-home service for “virtually any home technology or entertainment need.”
Discussion: CNET News.com and Telecompetitor
 
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