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10:10 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 …
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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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
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.
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Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Seeks to Link 3 Billion to Net
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.
PR Newswire:
AT&T U-verse Introduces Total Home DVR, Taking ‘When You Want, Where You Want’ TV Viewing to Whole New Level  —  Latest U-verse TV Enhancement - Made Possible by IP Technology - Enables DVR Playback on Any TV Throughout the Home  —  PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — DVRs have given customers …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
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Business Wire:
Sprint Launches Ready Now as Part of Ongoing Plan to Revolutionize Customer Service One Customer at a Time  —  Sprint makes new covenant with new and existing wireless customers: “If you buy a phone from us, we want you to know how to unleash its power before you leave our store.”
Discussion: DSLreports and Associated Press
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint readies retail swat team to improve customer service
Discussion: FierceWireless
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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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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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.
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
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Will Poole tapped as NComputing co-chairman  —  NComputing, the start-up that aims to provide cheap Internet access by allowing one PC or server to be shared by many, is set to announce Tuesday that former Microsoft executive Will Poole will join its board as co-chairman.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Your Phone, Your GPS  —  As more people rely on their phones …
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
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IEBlog:
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Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Digitize Newspaper Archives
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Session 3: Enterprise
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Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Kylewar / Tales from the Microsoft Surface team:
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Discussion: Engadget, Channel 10 and CrunchGear
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
A Sad Fact: The iPod's Clickwheel Must Die
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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:
Yammer: A ‘Twitter for the enterprise’
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Steve Jobs must be feeling better