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11:50 AM ET, September 5, 2008

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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Seinfeld & Gates: Was this ad supposed to be funny?  —  The long-awaited $300 million ad campaign that Microsoft launched to counter Apple's successful “I'm a Mac, I'm a PC” campaign aired during the Thursday night kickoff to the NFL season.  Did you see it?  I missed it on TV but caught it on YouTube.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft begins big ad push  —  Microsoft kicked off its fancy new ad campaign for Windows on Thursday with an ad featuring Bill Gates trying on shoes at a store with Jerry Seinfeld.  —  The ad, which is also set to be posted on Windows.com, aired during the NFL kickoff game on NBC …
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Microsoft Kicks off new Windows Campaign with Star Power  —  “This is the Conquistador,” explains Jerry Seinfeld, showing a befuddled Bill Gates a brown loafer.  “They run very tight.”  —  After seeing the new ad from Microsoft, which debuted today, some may wonder what Jerry Seinfeld …
Discussion: Tech Tracks and Bloomberg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Ads: First Phase To “Engage Consumers, Spark Conversation”  —  So the tech and geek crowd is a little underwhelmed by the new $300 million Microsoft advertising campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld that kicked off tonight.  It's mostly content free, with just one mention of Microsoft near the end.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Forget Seinfeld.  Can Windows gurus help the Windows brand?  —  The day after it launched the first ad in its $300 consumer-focused make-over campaign, Microsoft is going public with some of the other planned Windows-branding fixes it has in the pipeline.  —  Microsoft isn't opening brick-and-mortar Microsoft stores.
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Plans to Sell Factories In Effort to Cut Costs  —  Dell Inc. is trying to sell its computer factories around the world, a move to sharply overhaul a production model that was long a hallmark of the PC giant's strategy but is no longer competitive.  —  In recent months …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Dell Shrinks Computers and Operations
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google At Age 10  —  Google applied for incorporation as a business 10 years ago Thursday, according to a timeline supplied by the company.  The application was accepted on Sept. 7, which is Sunday.  —  In that decade, the search engine company has quickly emerged as the most successful business …
Discussion: eWeek, Valleywag and Memex 1.1
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Tim Weber / BBC:
Google at 10  —  It's the success story to beat all internet success stories.  —  Ten years ago, on 7 September 1998, two young graduate students at Stanford University incorporated a company with the (then) odd-sounding name “Google”.  —  Today, Larry Page and Sergey Brin are billionaires.
Discussion: AppScout
John Leyden / The Register:
Sophos DNS snafu creates update problems  —  Bad hair day nothing to do with hackers  —  Domain name system problems left some users of Sophos unable to get security updates on Friday.  The same issue, blamed on a mistake by one of the security firm's service providers rather than hostile action …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Not Ready For Enterprise  —  We've covered the launch of Google's new browser Chrome extensively this week.  But as we near the end of the week, one of the questions yet to be answered is how Chrome will fare in the enterprise.  As we all know Google is making a strong push …
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
MySQL founder quits Sun  —  “Just heard that Monty gave his resignation to Sun today,” a tipster we trust writes about Michael Widenius, the Finnish-born main author of open-source database software MySQL.  Sun Microsystems had aqcuired Monty's company, also called MySQL, for a cool billion in January.
Discussion: The Open Road and Pulse 2.0
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Netscape's Founder Thinks About the New Google Browser  —  Marc Andreessen, whose first startup, Netscape Communications, introduced the consumer web to millions thanks to its Netscape browser, seems to be suitably impressed by Google's recently released Chrome browser.
Discussion: Portfolio.com, Valleywag and UberPulse
Tony Smith / The Register:
Next-gen netbook Intel Atom due Q3 2009  —  Intel's next-gen Atom processor for Small, Cheap Computers - the successor to today's ‘Diamondville’ - will debut a year from now, according to the chip giant's latest roadmap.  —  The chip, codenamed ‘Pineview’, will arrive in Q3 2009 …
Discussion: DailyTech, Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
EA Announces SimCity and The Sims 3 for the iPhone: Spore Coming on September 7th
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Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
Microsoft eases restrictions on the use of Windows XP Home for netbooks
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Pamela McClintock / The Hollywood Reporter:
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