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9:20 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
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
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 …
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 and E-Commerce Times
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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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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
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: Profy, The Social Web 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.
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: Techdirt, Massively and WOW Insider
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.
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
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: Engadget, Channel 10 and CrunchGear
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint readies retail swat team to improve customer service  —  Sprint, which has a shaky customer service record, wants to improve its standing with its subscribers by using its reps to deliver personalized tips.  Sprint's retail swat team aims to give you such good service that you'll forget its previous transgressions.
Discussion: FierceWireless
 
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