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12:05 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
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
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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Humanize Microsoft? That's impossible!
Discussion: BroadDev and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Commercial #2: I Remain Confused
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.
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.
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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David Filo / Yodel Anecdotal:
The hackers are back  —  Two years ago, we opened our doors to the community of outside developers that had been “hacking” on Yahoo!, and invited them to show their stuff and create new products based on our technologies.  Over the course of 24 hours, hundreds of developers attended workshops on Yahoo! …
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
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 …
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Media group to create new digital video “ecosystem”  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A group of media industry companies said it is planning to build a digital world where video devices and content websites play together in perfect harmony, and consumers can safely store their digital content and access it anywhere in the world.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Epicenter and Reel Pop
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Is Hollywood forming DECE to wage a digital content war against Apple?
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Estimates Trimmed By AmTech: Shift Toward Cheaper Macs (AAPL)  —  Not even Apple (AAPL) is immune to a downturn: AmTech's Shaw Wu says he's cutting his September quarter, December quarter, and 2009 revenue and EPS estimates, for three main reasons:  — People buying cheaper Macs …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Crave
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst trims Apple estimates, says Air seeing decreased demand
Discussion: Macsimum News
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
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
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 …
 
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Va. Ban On Spam Is Ruled Unlawful
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
German court bans VoiP on iPhone
Discussion: Tech Beat
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Yresy / QuickPWN:
Jailbreak iPod Touch 2.1
Discussion: TUAW, Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Discussion: SearchViews and Valleywag
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
AMAZON HIRES AD EXEC FROM M'SOFT