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5:15 PM ET, September 5, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Joost To Kill Desktop Client  —  Exclusive: In what is likely to be a major shift in the company's strategy, peer-to-peer startup Joost is going to stop making its desktop client.  The decision to suspend the client is likely to be announced soon, I am told.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screenshots And Video Of The New Joost  —  So much for Joost's carefully prepared plans to release a browser version of their TV over IP service later this month.  News leaked this morning that Joost would be abandoning their year old XUL based desktop client in favor of a browser based service that's more like Hulu and YouTube.
Discussion: Webware.com, CyberNet and NewTeeVee
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Web-based Joost player in closed beta, no word on public release date
Discussion: Webware.com
Microsoft:
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 …
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researchers Build Malicious Facebook Application  —  A team of researchers have built a malicious Facebook program an experiment to demonstrate the possible dangers of social networking applications.  —  The experiment shows the ease with which attackers could dupe large number of users …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
How Search Will Revolutionize Social Networking
Discussion: Small Initiatives
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Valleywag mangles Marc Andreessen, and we think he likes it  —  PALO ALTO — Thursday night in a Crowne Plaza hotel, with an Elks Club banquet roaring next door, Netscape cofounder, Ning king, and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen sat down with Portfolio writer Kevin Maney for a Churchill Club interview.
Discussion: Portfolio.com
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Mark Evans:   What Firefox Can Learn From Netscape Navigator
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.
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Kaj Arnö:
The rumours on Monty resigning  —  We have a rumour of MySQL co-founder Michael “Monty” Widenius resigning, as posted by Valleywag and expanded by Sheeri Kritzer Cabral.  —  Usually, I wouldn't comment on rumours.  But as I've been asked copious amounts of questions, let me make an exception today.
Discussion: PC World, 451 CAOS Theory and Slashdot
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Brave New World of Digital Intimacy  —  On Sept. 5, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way that Facebook worked, and in the process he inspired a revolt.  —  Zuckerberg, a doe-eyed 24-year-old C.E.O., founded Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard two years earlier, and the site quickly amassed nine million users.
Discussion: GMSV, bijan sabet and Smart Mobs
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 …
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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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Full PRADA II specifications!  —  We just got a heads up from one of our trusty sources, and they've come through with full PRADA II specs for us!  In case you don't remember, the new PRADA II handset will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as pictured above.  Here's a rundown on the specs we got:
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
At ESPN, Play-by-Play Goes Virtual  —  LOS ANGELES — ESPN, the cable powerhouse that calls itself “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” is looking to extend its domain in virtual worlds by merging video game graphics with real-life sports anchors.  —  The network, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google Chrome vulnerabilities starting to pile up  —  [ UPDATE: See below for Google's official response to these issues ]  —  Security vulnerabilities in the new Google Chrome browser is beginning to pile up.  —  Following our coverage of the carpet bombing combo threat and denial-of-service crashes …
Discussion: Bkis Blog and darkREADING
Allan White.net:
iTunes 8 Rumors: is Magnetosphere the New Visualizer?  —  Readers of my site in the digital media realm will note my fascination with dynamic visualizations, in particular Robert Hodgin's work.  Hodgin built a wonderful iTunes visualizer called Magnetosphere a while back - which mysteriously disappeared from his site a few months back.
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
10 Computers & 10 Users  —  From time to time, people ask the home server team how and why we made certain decisions for the initial release of WIndows Home Server.  Currently, you can define 10 user accounts in the Windows Home Server Console and you can install the Windows Home Server Connector software …
 
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DealBook:
Yahoo's Stock Hits 5-Year Low
Discussion: James Fee GIS Blog
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
First impressions of the Nokia N96, plus photo samples
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Early Success of Quintura Site Search Rewarded With New Funding
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Analysts as a lagging indicator of success
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
TiVo Shares Fall After No Decision In Dish Case
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Zatz Not Funny!
Major Nelson / Xbox Lives Major Nelson:
Extended Play Download Days (price drop on DLC)
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shrs Retreat Heading To “Let's Rock” …
Romain Guy / Android Developers Blog:
Android Photostream
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat acquires Qumranet, will embrace KVM
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC exempts small cable operators from HD must-carry rule
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The key to making money: Charge for your product
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
ISPs Hand Over Details of ‘Several Thousand’ Pirates
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Company to Create Airwaves Exchange
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Spore - changing the game
Discussion: CNET News and Blue's News
Tony Smith / The Register:
Next-gen netbook Intel Atom due Q3 2009
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
EA Announces SimCity and The Sims 3 for the iPhone: Spore Coming on September 7th
Discussion: AppScout and Lockergnome
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at the decline of cable TV networks like USA Network, Discovery Channel, and MTV; MTV's 2023 average prime-time audience was 256K, down from 807K in 2014

Mark Harris / New York Times:
An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

 
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