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1:20 AM ET, September 13, 2008

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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
End Runs Around Vista  —  The operating system is turning off users, so HP and others are trying to capitalize on its weakness  —  The ecosystem that Microsoft (MSFT) has built up around its Windows operating system is showing signs of strain.  In one of several recent moves by partners …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: HP trying for ‘end-run’ around Windows  —  Is the biggest PC vendor in the world looking to give customers an option besides Windows?  —  An article appearing in BusinessWeek this week cites anonymous sources who say Hewlett-Packard is at least looking into it.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
First Look: iPhone 2.1  —  Latest update to the iPhone software brings lots of fixes and a few new features  —  iPhone 2.0 brought a lot of cool features with it, but it also brought a lot of bugs.  Performance was slow, calls dropped often, and the battery life was less than impressive—and that's just off the top of my head.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: iPhone OS loses beta feel with 2.1 update  —  We're back after updating to iPhone OS 2.1, and we're happy to report that the install process went well.  Really well, actually.  Now that we've had some time to play with the new features and fixes, we have some hands-on info and screenshots for you.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, TechSpot and GMSV
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPhone OS 2.1 requires Sync to add Genius feature
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft fires game test contractor who talked to VentureBeat  —  Robert Delaware was the only named Microsoft worker (a contract employee) who talked — without permission — to VentureBeat for our story last week on the Xbox 360 defects.  —  Microsoft had him fired on Wednesday.
Almerica Blog:
Podcaster rejeceted because it duplicates iTunes functionality  —  Today I finally got a reply from Apple about the status of Podcaster.  —  Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo Open: Finally, a real answer to Google  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—On Friday, 300 programmers will descend upon Sunnyvale, Calif., to plant the seeds of what Yahoo hopes will be an answer to Google's Internet might.  —  The event is called Open Hack Day 2008, and at it the coders …
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
What's up with those ads?  —  As I did previously, I'm posting this on behalf of my colleague David Webster.  —  Since my last post here as a guest blogger a few weeks back was to give you some context on the Mojave Experiment, I figured I should do the same for the other little campaign we're running on TV right now.
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Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider  —  Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.  —  The scientists behind the £4.4bn atom smasher …
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
MySpace sets music free  —  Coming soon to MySpace pages everywhere: Kid Rock, free.  Christina Aguilera, free.  T.I., free.  Just about any music out there, free.  (With ads, of course.)  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Myspace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson have had an uneasy relationship with the music industry.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music CEO Hunt Continues: Facebook's Owen Van Natta Top Contender
Discussion: Valleywag
Forbes:
Spore's Piracy Problem  —  How do you measure the failure of the copy protections that software companies place on their media products?  In the case of Electronic Arts' highly-anticipated game “Spore,” just count the pirates.  —  As of Thursday afternoon, “Spore” had been illegally downloaded …
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Paper's Decision to Twitter 3-Year-Old's Funeral Sparks Outrage  —  Critics Question Value of Giving a Play-by-Play of a Tragedy  —  A Colorado newspaper's decision to live blog the funeral of a 3-year-old boy with Twitter has prompted a flurry of criticism from the local media, bloggers and media ethicists.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst trims Apple estimates, says Air seeing decreased demand  —  American Technology Research trimmed its estimates for Mac maker Apple Inc. on Friday, saying that while the company's near term prospects look fine, future quarters may be met by muted demand, particularly for higher-end products like the MacBook Air.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Estimates Trimmed By AmTech: Shift Toward Cheaper Macs (AAPL)
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Crave
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Track coming back to Twitter  —  A trio of Twitter executives—Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Alex Payne—showed up at the BearHug Camp, held at CNET headquarters in San Francisco, to answer questions about the future of the service, such as when the “track” feature would return.
Discussion: The Web Life
Kirk / Medialoper:
The Digital TV Transition: A Disaster in the Making  —  Monday was a bad day for Vivian C. Brown of Wilmington, N.C.. The 79 year-old missed her programs as Wilmington became the first city in the U.S. to make the switch from analog-to-digital TV.  —  Depending on who you talk to …
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Amazon temporarily gags Spore critics, deletes and restores all customer reviews  —  Spore may have been a long-awaited title, but publisher EA surely didn't expect the most talked-about aspect of the game to be its DRM.  Alas, now it seems that all the protest from angry gamers …
Discussion: Techdirt and GamePolitics News
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’  —  A group of major media industry companies called the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem that includes Best Buy, Cisco Systems, Comcast and HP will share details of its interoperability and media usage rights plan at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Va. Ban On Spam Is Ruled Unlawful  —  E-Mail Restriction Called Violation of First Amendment  —  The Virginia Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state's anti-spam law, designed to prevent the sending of masses of unwanted e-mail, violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Why Virginia is right to overturn spam conviction
Discussion: Ars Technica and acluva.org
 
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Joshua-Michéle Ross / O'Reilly Radar:
Podcast: Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle discuss the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Nostalgia for a More Innovative Era? Not From This Bunch
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
SanDisk Unveils Its Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Canonical funds Linux in a bid to overtake the Mac
Discussion: Open Sources and Lockergnome
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fbFund - Identifying Talent: The Search Is On
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Linux Desktop More Productive
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Pew: 69 Percent of Americans Use Cloud Apps
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
German court bans VoiP on iPhone
Discussion: Tech Beat
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube's Seth MacFarlane Channel Looking Like A Hit
Yresy / QuickPWN:
Jailbreak iPod Touch 2.1
Discussion: TUAW, Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Admits That You Can Only Have One Spore Player Per Install
Discussion: VTOR and Blue's News
Saul Hansell / Bits:
So That's Who Uses AOL