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9:55 AM ET, September 9, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Another step to protect user privacy  —  Today, we're announcing a new logs retention policy: we'll anonymize IP addresses on our server logs after 9 months.  We're significantly shortening our previous 18-month retention policy to address regulatory concerns and to take another step to improve privacy for our users.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amid regulatory worries, Google halves time it keeps your data  —  Google is halving the time it keeps your IP addresses on its servers.  —  Billed as “another step to protect user privacy” the move is really to keep regulators at bay.  Google used to keep your IP addresses on its servers for 18 months …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Reluctantly Halves Search Data Anonymization to 9 Months
Discussion: WinBeta
The Official Google Blog:   Update to Google Suggest
BBC:
Google to dump user data earlier
Discussion: Lockergnome
Miguel Helft / Bits:   Google Tightens Data Retention Policy — Again
Arn / MacRumors:
16GB iPod Nanos, 32GB iPod Touches, Lots of Colors?  —  Last minute tidbits reveal a few more details about Apple's plans for later today.  According to our sources, Apple will indeed be refreshing their entire iPod line at the media event.  —  Specifically, iPod Nanos are expected …
Microsoft:
Zune Takes Music Discovery to the Next Level With New Ways to Find and Access Digital Music  —  Software update will enable Zune users to tag songs and buy music directly from FM radio and download and stream music on the go beginning Sept. 16.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end-to-end music …
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Microsoft Tries To Upstage Apple....With The Help Of Clear Channel
Discussion: Digital Noise and Windows-Now.com
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Top Lawyer Is Selected As U.S. Mulls Google Suit  —  Washington — The Justice Department has quietly hired one of the nation's best-known litigators, former Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Sanford Litvack, for a possible antitrust challenge to Google Inc.'s growing power in advertising.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason Google's Stock Crashed
Discussion: A VC, WebProNews and E-Commerce Times
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
At VMware, a Firing Is Still Reverberating  —  In the summer of 2007, Diane Greene was lauded as a business hero for leading VMware, a maker of business software, to the hottest stock debut since Google.  But in the ensuing year, despite her popularity with employees and on Wall Street …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Mozilla is committed to Gecko as WebKit popularity grows  —  Webkit's strengths  —  In the wake of Google's release of the new WebKit-based Chrome browser, some technology enthusiasts are beginning to wonder if the days are numbered for Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine.
Sony Ericsson:
Live your life to the full with the new Sony Ericsson G705  —  Get your own personal assistant with the new Sony Ericsson G705 mobile phone.  The 2.4" screen enhances the premium web experience, whether you are searching Google™ direct from your idle screen, checking emails through …
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
HP Extends Laptop Battery Life to 24 Hours  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) will release a laptop next month that can run for to 24 hours using a high-capacity battery — but only if it's running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.  —  The long-lasting notebook will be a special configuration of the 6930p …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Seeks to Link 3 Billion to Net  —  Google and Others Invest $60 Million In Satellite Plan  —  An entrepreneur's quest to use satellites to bring high-speed Internet service to poor, remote countries is nearing liftoff with a major investment from some big names, including Google Inc.
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Google backs project to connect 3bn to net
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
TC50: Live-blogging the Peter Thiel interview  —  Peter Thiel is the legendary cofounder of PayPal, investor in Facebook and other numerous companies, and founder of top venture firm The Founders Fund.  Michael Arrington of Techcrunch is interviewing him now.  I'll be constantly updating.
Discussion: Valleywag and Webware.com
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Peter Thiel: Best Predictor of Startup Success Is Low CEO Pay
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The U.S. Closes the Mobile Innovation Gap  —  After lagging in wireless for years, the U.S. has caught up with Western Europe and is now trying to take the innovation lead  —  It was a familiar refrain: The U.S., the birthplace of the Internet, was a wireless backwater.
New York Times:
Google Strikes Partnership With NBC to Expand in TV Advertising  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin selling ads on some cable networks owned by NBC Universal in a new partnership that will expand Google's efforts to become a force in television advertising, the companies said late Monday.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM vs. AT&T; Bold vs. Thunder/Storm  —  We thought we'd give y'all an update on what we've been hearing so far.  It's been fairly well-documented that RIM isn't too happy with AT&T for delaying the release of the Bold.  It began with June, then to July, to August, to September — you get the point.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Steve Jobs must be feeling better  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Steve Jobs' physical appearance at Let's Rock — a widely-anticipated Apple special event scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. EDT in San Francisco — will reassure investors and boost the company's share price.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TC50: MySpace CEO DeWolfe Says 95 Percent of Ad Revenues Comes From 9 Countries; Announces New Google Gears Project  —  Not all countries are created equal when it comes to social networking, at least in terms of how valuable each user is to advertisers.  In an onstage interview …
Discussion: The Social Web, Profy and Webware.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Session 3: Enterprise  —  TechCrunch50's third session introduced four companies related to enterprise.  The judges for this panel were: Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Ash Patel, and Yossi Vardi.  You can see our coverage of the first panel here and the second panel here.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
The global village  —  Despite the desire to have the world of information at our fingertips and a social networking page that boasts of hundreds of so-called “friends”, the reality is very different.  —  Researchers at Hewlett Packard have found that, in truth, we really only bother …
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Your Phone, Your GPS  —  As more people rely on their phones …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint readies retail swat team to improve customer service
Smartmobilegadgets / What A Smart Idea:
HTC Opal New Concept in Pocket Pc Design
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
RIAA defendant accuses Media Sentry of felonies
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IEBlog:
Platform Improvements for IE8 Beta 2
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
AT&T U-Verse Update Now Allowing DVR on 8 TV Sets At Once
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Digitize Newspaper Archives
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
The Power User's Guide to Google Chrome
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Kylewar / Tales from the Microsoft Surface team:
Live from MSNBC...it's Microsoft Surface
Discussion: Engadget, Channel 10 and CrunchGear
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
NICK CARR ON WHY GOOGLE MAKES THE “COMPLIMENTS” TO ITS CORE BUSINESS FREE
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
A Sad Fact: The iPod's Clickwheel Must Die
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus Eee PC 1000H also gets a price drop
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Walt and Kara at DEMO; finale is an Arrington jab
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
How Videogames Blind Us With Science
Discussion: Techdirt, Massively and WOW Insider
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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