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12:15 PM ET, September 12, 2008


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Web 2.0 Asia:
We've been Googled!  —  Disclaimer: The contents in this post may pertain to the author's personal interests.  —  They say “All good things come in threes” - well, the year 2008 was the living proof of that phrase for me.  Firstly, Sara and I had our first baby son, Issac, who is our biggest blessing.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google buys Korean blogging software platform TNC, one of first purchases in Asia  —  Google has reportedly acquired its first Korean company, a blogging software in Korea called TNC (Tatter and Company), for an undisclosed amount of money.  —  The founder Chang Kim blogged about the purchase tonight.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Google buys Korean blog platform TNC
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo gives a taste of its ‘open’ overhaul  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Yahoo showed its vision for what its Yahoo Open Strategy makes possible, demonstrating how it hopes to engage users more by enabling its existing sites to grow beyond their current confines.  —  Ash Patel, head …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Details Plans To Open Up Web Sites  —  Home Page, Email To Include Content From Third Parties  —  Yahoo Inc. executives provided an update on the company's plans to open its online services — including its home page and email service — to contributions from third-party Internet and software companies.
Discussion: The Open Road and Guardian
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo Open: Finally, a real answer to Google
Discussion: DailyTech
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Shows Off More Of Its Widget Platform (YHOO)
Joseph Tartakoff / San Francisco Chronicle:   Yahoo revamps sites to add third-party content
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Apple rolls back problem driver in new iTunes 8 update  —  Apple has responded quickly to reports that its initial release of iTunes 8 caused STOP errors (AKA the Blue Screen of Death) on some Windows machines.  —  The issue is documented in support article TS2280, “iTunes 8 …
iTunes 8: If Windows Vista displays a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod  —  Symptoms  —  After installing iTunes 8 for Windows, some users may see a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod to a Windows Vista computer.
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-G1: WORLD'S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA*  —  World's First Micro Four Thirds System Camera Features Portability, Ease-of-Use and Colorful Blue and Red Models For Personalized Style and Active Lifestyles  —  Panasonic today announced the world's …
Discussion: Engadget, and ben barren
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1: Smallest Micro Four Thirds camera yet
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, take two: Bill's mother ship over Seattle  —  Now we know what they're up to.  —  The second Bill Gates-Seinfeld ad that's debuting tonight during “Big Brother” on CBS is a million times better than the freaky churro spot that kicked off the $300 million Windows campaign last week.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Commercial #2: I Remain Confused
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Seinfeld and Gates hit the road for Vista
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Ex-Intel worker accused in theft  —  FBI says engineer copied secret files  —  A former engineer at the Hudson facility of chip maker Intel Corp. has been charged with stealing trade secrets after taking a new job at rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.  —  In a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday …
Discussion: TG Daily and Gizmodo
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:   Former Intel worker charged in theft of secret files
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Location To Mobile Web Search  —  Last November, Google introduced its My Location feature in Google Maps for Mobile.  It uses cell tower IDs to triangulate the location of the phone and then identifies that location on the Google Maps interface.
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AMAZON HIRES AD EXEC FROM M'SOFT  —  Amazon has tapped a senior Microsoft exec to head its national ad sales in a sign that the company is ramping up its online ad business.  —  Lisa Utzschneider, who worked at Microsoft for 10 years, will become senior vice president of national ad sales for Amazon …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Dude, Where's My App?  10 Web Apps We Wish Hadn't Disappeared  —  We track hundreds of web apps here on ReadWriteWeb.  Some, like YouTube and, become our favorites and prosper.  But others sadly close down, or whither away due to not many people using them, or suddenly stop working …
Discussion: The Open Road
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Madden '09 owns, 360 moves back in front of PS3 in sales  —  The NPD numbers are in for August, and although August was a slow month this year, the gaming industry is still looking solid.  “August industry sales remain strong and realized a nine percent gain over last August …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: Interview With Skype CEO — Where is Skype for the iPhone?  —  Do You Want Skype on Your iPhone?  — Oh god yes... I can't wait.  — Not Really.  — In this era of flat rate plans from mobile companies, does anyone need Skype?  —  That's exactly the question …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
At eBay, Is Skype There to Stay?
Discussion: Epicenter
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Zune's Recommendations Make Genius Look Average  —  Microsoft showed us a sneak preview of the Zune 3.0 software it plans to release on Sept. 16 with the latest generation of Zune devices, and what we saw made iTunes' simple Genius feature look like a blast from digital music's past.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
So That's Who Uses AOL  —  In honor of a redesign of AOL's home page, we asked Bits readers earlier this week “Who Uses AOL and Why?”  So far, we've heard from more than 380 of you.  —  The sheer range of opinions about AOL, built up over a complex two-decade history …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile launching BlackBerry 8120s in more colors than you can count on October 15th  —  Well, not really.  We're pretty sure all y'all can count to three.  Anyway, T-Mobile is set to launch three new BlackBerry 8120 colors on October 15th (playing it a little close to the Kickstart Pearl Flip, no?).
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity  —  A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous.
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
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Mike Gunderloy / OStatic blogs:
Sun Open Sources Their Hypervisor
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
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Greatly Exaggerated  —  At Tuesday's annual iPod/iTunes special event …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
100Mbps. 2010. Over The Air. Don't Be Surprised.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iPod 2.1 offers promise for Friday's ‘big’ iPhone software update
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