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4:35 AM ET, September 12, 2008

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
IPhone Takes Screenshots of Everything You Do  —  Your iPhone is watching you.  —  If you've got an iPhone, pretty much everything you have done on your handset has been temporarily stored as a screenshot that hackers or forensics experts could eventually recover, according to a renowned iPhone hacker …
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.
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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 …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
RIM announces ‘lifestyle’ apps for BlackBerry  —  Research in Motion is loading BlackBerry devices with what its co-CEO Jim Balsillie calls ‘lifestyle’ applications.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In what looks like an attempt to compete toe-to-toe with Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion announced …
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Stephen Baker / Blogspotting:
We're doing Yammer: A workplace Twitter  —  When we saw that Yammer, a messaging service for the enterprise, won the TechCrunch 50 award, we had to try it out here at BusinessWeek.  Heather and I both signed up, and in no time were exchanging the most ridiculous messages at lightning speed.
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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 …
Discussion: Business Week
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
100Mbps.  2010. Over The Air.  Don't Be Surprised.  —  What if WiFi could square off or even beat WiMax or other approaches to broadband access to the Internet, over the air?  —  If you listen to comments from Tom Rutledge, the chief operating officer of Cablevision Systems Corp. …
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RS-DVR Debut: ‘Early Next Year’
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and paidContent.org
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iPod 2.1 offers promise for Friday's ‘big’ iPhone software update  —  Apple on Friday will unleash iPhone Software v2.1, a major bug fix release for all iPhone owners that will include a number of other improvements that iPod touch users are discovering as part of yesterday's similarly number iPod touch update.
Discussion: Crave, VentureBeat and Digg
Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Mobile Search with My Location  —  From time to time, we all need information about local businesses when we're away from our computers — like confirming the address of a bar while on the way to meet friends.  Today we're introducing Search with My Location …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cuil's VP Product Bails Out A Month After Launch  —  Louis Monier, Cuil's VP Product, quietly resigned from the newly launched search engine last week, we've heard from a reliable source.  —  This is a big blow to the troubled search engine - Monier was recruited away from Google a year ago …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Big Fish Games Raises $83.3 Million For Casual Game Distribution  —  Big Fish Games, an online portal for both online and downloadable computer games, has closed an $83.3 million funding round led by Balderton Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Salmon River Capital.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Greatly Exaggerated  —  At Tuesday's annual iPod/iTunes special event, Steve Jobs both (a) served in his usual role as showman, and (b) appears to be just as thin as he was at WWDC in June, when his appearance sparked rumors that he was seriously ill. Like it or not, his appearance and health remains a big story in the major media.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T stores recommending RIM over the iPhone  —  In resuming its coverage of Apple, JMP Securities has issued a note warning of slower growth due to global economic factors and indicating that AT&T retail stores were quick to recommend RIM BlackBerry phones over the iPhone 3G, particularly for email.
James Sherwood / The Register:
Net-talking toaster to burn news onto bread  —  Many things have appeared on toast before: Marmite, Vegemite, jam and even Cylons from Battlestar Galactica.  Now a designer's invented a toaster that's able to burn pretty much anything onto your morning slice, including the news.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canonical to fund upstream Linux usability improvements  —  Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Wednesday that his company, Canonical, will hire professional designers and interaction experts to improve the usability of the Linux desktop software ecosystem.
Discussion: TechSpot, Mark Shuttleworth and Digg
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Ubuntu to work more with larger Linux community
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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