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8:05 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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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Reluctantly Halves Search Data Anonymization to 9 Months
Discussion: WinBeta
Miguel Helft / Bits:   Google Tightens Data Retention Policy — Again
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New Zunes arrive early with WiFi downloads, FM song tagging  —  The third-generation Zunes are out, but the software won't be arriving for another week.  After leaks forced Microsoft to play its hand today, we spoke with Group Marketing Manager Brian Seitz about the Zune platform …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, last100 and Gizmodo
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: E-Commerce Times
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.
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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.
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Punit Soni / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time  —  For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint — from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores.  Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Engadget
BBC:
Google to dump user data earlier  —  Google is to halve the amount of time it stores users' personal search data in response to continued pressure from the EU over its privacy policy.  —  The search giant has said it will anonymise identifiable IP addresses on its server logs after nine months.
Discussion: Lockergnome
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.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Yammer: A ‘Twitter for the enterprise’  —  I recently covered Socialcast, a “Friendfeed for business,” and liked it a lot.  It takes emerging social interaction models that people are just now getting accustomed to and adapts them for business.  —  Here at TechCrunch50 …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Google backs project to connect 3bn to net  —  Google has thrown its weight behind ambitious plans to bring internet access to 3bn people in Africa and other emerging markets by launching at least 16 satellites to bring its services to the unconnected half of the globe.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kylewar / Tales from the Microsoft Surface team:
Live from MSNBC...it's Microsoft Surface  —  If you were on the East coast this morning or just up real early on the West coast you might have seen Microsoft Surface in action on TV.  But this isn't just another news story about Surface, this morning a unit was deployed on the MSNBC set …
Discussion: Channel 10, Engadget and CrunchGear
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 …
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
How Videogames Blind Us With Science  —  A few years ago, Constance Steinkuehler — a game academic at the University of Wisconsin — was spending 12 hours a day playing Lineage, the online world game.  She was, as she puts it, a “siege princess,” running 150-person raids on hellishly difficult bosses.
Discussion: Massively and WOW Insider
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TC50: MySpace CEO DeWolfe Says 95 Percent of Ad Revenues Comes …
Discussion: Profy and Webware.com
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
At VMware, a Firing Is Still Reverberating
Business Wire:
HP Breaks the 24-hour Battery Life Barrier
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The U.S. Closes the Mobile Innovation Gap
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News:
Wikipedia's Wales launches Wikia Green
Discussion: Mashable!
IEBlog:
Platform Improvements for IE8 Beta 2
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
The Official Google Blog:
Update to Google Suggest
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
AT&T U-Verse Update Now Allowing DVR on 8 TV Sets At Once
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Sony Ericsson eyes unlimited downloads
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is iPhone The Next Ad Frontier
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
2002's News, Yesterday's Sell-Off
Discussion: Threat Level
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
The Power User's Guide to Google Chrome
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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
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