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4:15 AM ET, September 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Microsoft Commercials Are Live  —  The three new non-Seinfeld commercials, which the New York Times described earlier this week, still don't talk about Vista features.  But they do try to break the stereotype that cool and interesting people use Macs, and everyone else is on a Windows machine.
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Ads Featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Not Canceled  —  From a trusted Crispin Porter source, we've learned that the internet has jumped the gun and that the Microsoft Gates/Seinfeld ads have not been axed.  It's true, Microsoft apparently asked the agency to focus on the new “I'm a PC” spots.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin Launches A Personal Blog, Talks About His Risk Of Parkinson's  —  Google Cofounder Sergey Brin launched a personal blog today at too.blogspot.com.  —  In his first blog post, he explains the blog name: “Welcome to my personal blog. … In the second blog post, he gets a little more serious.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
O'Reilly: Stop throwing sheep, do something worthy  —  NEW YORK—Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, is known as a futurist, but his keynote address on Thursday morning at the Web 2.0 Expo was heavy on the realism in the wake of sobering news from Wall Street.
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Beet.TV
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Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
O'REILLY SIGNALS FREE WEB 2.0 PARTY IS OVER?  —  On Techmeme - Saw this article on CNet, re Tim O'Reilly's talk at Web Expo New York: … There is a limit to Ad funding for Web 2.0 businesses.  Allow me a little fag-packet analysis here.  The total global Ad industry is c $0.5 trillion …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Too-Powerful Google Thumbs Its Nose at Everyone-Good Luck With That, Eric!  —  It used to be, many years ago, that longtime Silicon Valley tech exec Eric Schmidt could work up a very significant head of steam when talking about the thuggish monopolistic practices of Microsoft and its negative impact on the tech industry.
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Twitter Blog:
Changes Afoot  —  We're getting ready to launch a refresh of parts of the Twitter.com interface.  This release does not include any new features (well, one).  It's mostly cosmetic changes.  This post describes what we're doing and why.  —  Moving the tabs
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy  —  A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Considering ‘At a Glance’ Notification Screen for iPhone  —  A recent patent application from Apple reveals that the company is considering adding a proper “At a Glance” notification screen for the iPhone.  The proposed screen would allow users to quickly jump to the desired notification simply …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Gizmodo
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rob Diana / Mashable!:
The Future is Yahoo the Platform  —  During the Microhoo debacle, everyone was wondering who was going to buy Yahoo.  While all eyes were on that, Yahoo has been quietly going about its business.  Their business now seems to be wanting to become the platform that everyone develops for …
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
New FriendFeed design launched... with an exciting new feature!  —  You might have noticed the new look for FriendFeed.  We've been tinkering with a new design for a few weeks, and after spending some time in beta, it's finally ready for primetime.  —  larger screenshot
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 3G has a hidden data matrix code  —  fsjk85 at the Australian Whirlpool forums was playing around with his camcorder's NightShot function when he found something interesting — a hidden data matrix code on the left side of the iPhone 3G.  We're guessing that's where Apple imprints …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers  —  So where were the quants?  —  That's what has been running through my head as I watch some of the oldest and seemingly best-run firms on Wall Street implode because of what turned out to be really bad bets on mortgage securities.
mikeash.com:
The iPhone Development Story  —  I just got my first application in the iTunes App Store, and I wanted to tell the story of what it's like to publish one, from start to finish.  The app, NetAwake, is an independent project I wrote with my friend Joshua.  It makes an interesting story …
Discussion: TUAW
XBMC Media Center:
XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 1 released - now serving all common platforms  —  Team-XBMC is proud to announce the first cross-platform Beta version of XBMC media center for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard and Tiger), Windows, and Xbox, in preparation for the upcoming stable release of XBMC, code named ‘Atlantis’.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet, 12 Inches of Touchtasticness  —  Lenovo's X200 tablet isn't the best kept secret, but it's a nice looking convertible laptop now that we have the full specs.  At 3.5lbs, the configurable tablet features a 12.1" touchscreen (in pen or finger input options) …
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Crave
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on the Evolution of Facebook  —  After months of hard work, we're at a point where almost all 100 million people around the world on Facebook are using the new design.  As we continue to roll this out, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we've built and why I think it's an important step for us.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's “Submit Your Content” Page Changes Into Content Central, One Stop Shopping For Publisher Advice  —  In the old days, getting listed on Google just meant having a web site.  These days, you can get in by selling products through a virtual store, by having a book …
Discussion: Content Central Blog
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Mobilize: Launchpad  —  Judging the Launchpad startups.  —  Here's the end-of-the-day portion of the show that many of us have been waiting for all day: the Launchpad, where a dozen startups get a few minutes to convince us they rock.  —  Here are our lovely judges.
Discussion: Latest Geek Stuff
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Report: Google Search Market Share Huge ... Again  —  Ah.  It's all clear to me now.  The reason Google has no plans to delay its search-advertising partnership with Yahoo is because if it delays any further, its share of the search market will have grown so large as to make the deal utterly pointless.
Mark R / Coolest Gadgets:
ASUS AIGuru SV1 First Mobile Skype Phone  —  ASUS just can't seem to stop its success lately.  Not only do they have those hot netbooks, but they have just added to their success with the world's first Skype Certified videophone called the AiGuru SV1.  —  The AiGuru SV1 allows the user …
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds:
Pandora opens up: Q&A with Tim Westergren  —  In August, Pandora founder Tim Westergren told the Washington Post that the future could be bleak for the Internet radio station due to high percentage of its revenue being forced to go to royalty fees.  Now, one month later …
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Yahoo And Rhapsody Team Up For Full Song Playback In Search Results  —  Searching for music is one thing, but have you ever wanted to search for an artist and play their songs without needing to visit other sites?  If so, Yahoo and Rhapsody have launched a new service that will let you do just that.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia cuts workforce 6.5 percent  —  Responding to “business realities,” Nvidia is cutting its workforce 6.5 percent.  —  Nvidia, the world's largest graphics chip supplier, on Thursday announced a workforce reduction “to allow for continued investment in strategic growth areas,” the company said in a statement.
Discussion: Bits, VentureBeat, eWeek, Docu-Drama and TG Daily
Joost:
Notice anything different? … One of the great things about working at a startup is the ability to be flexible and make changes when our users, trends or data suggest a new direction.  For much of the past year, we've listened to the feedback we've received from many of the people who use Joost …
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Norbits Hackers Threaten to Release User Info
Discussion: Zero Day
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cyber Attack Data-Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Carrier Panel: Strategies To Keep Mobile Data Growing
Discussion: mocoNews.net and VentureBeat
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Birch backs Wordia - a video dictionary? Oh yes.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
T-Mobile expands its 3G network
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and eWeek
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's New in the Windows Live Wave Betas
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Will Toshiba save SanDisk, parry Samsung?
Discussion: Reuters and eWeek
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
All eyes on the MacBook
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Sometimes Google Isn't Enough: New Research Engine Searches “Deep Web”