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11:05 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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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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Update to Google Suggest
Discussion: ZDNet and Lifehacker
BBC:
Google to dump user data earlier
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Reluctantly Halves Search Data Retention to 9 Months
Discussion: WinBeta
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 …
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AppleInsider:
Last minute: iPod nano with sensor, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod shuffle  —  Apple will announce later today an entire refresh to its iPod family of digital media players, including an iPod nano with some form of motion sensor, AppleInsider has been told.  —  Longstanding sources report …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Live blog: Steve Jobs hosts Apple's music event
Discussion: Gearlog
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
A Sad Fact: The iPod's Clickwheel Must Die
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 …
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
AT&T U-verse launches “whole home DVR”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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Business Wire:
Joanne K. Bradford Joins Yahoo! to Drive U.S. Revenue and Market Development  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) today announced that Joanne K. Bradford, a recognized leader in the online content and advertising industry, has joined Yahoo! as senior vice president …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Former MSFT, Spot Runner Ad Exec Bradford Joins Yahoo; Sales SVP Karnstedt Leaving  —  That didn't last long.  Veteran online ad exec Joanne Bradford is on the move again, leaving Spot Runner for Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) to be SVP-U.S. Revenue and Market Development reporting to Hilary Schneider …
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Your Phone, Your GPS  —  As more people rely on their phones for mapping and driving directions, global positioning systems are fast becoming killer mobile applications.  Spying an opportunity, Apple, Google and Nokia are priming sophisticated location-based services for launch.
 
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