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9:50 AM ET, September 18, 2008

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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Echoing the Campaign of a Rival, Microsoft Aims to Redefine 'I'm a PC'  —  RELAX, computer users, after only two weeks Microsoft will stop teasing you as the company begins the next phase of an ambitious — and risky — $300 million campaign intended to make over its tarnished image.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft to announce Jerry Seinfeld ads cancelled tomorrow  —  Remember those awful Microsoft ads with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates?  Well, now you can forget them.  Microsoft flacks are desperately dialing reporters to spin them about “phase two” of the ad campaign — a phase …
Jack Schofield / Technology blog:
Seinfeld is over as Microsoft moves to planned “phase two”  —  Microsoft plans to follow up its Seinfeld teasers with something more serious that finally, riskily, takes on Apple  —  Microsoft will move to the second phase of its advertising campaign tomorrow with adverts that respond …
Discussion: Inquirer, Gizmodo and Technologizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Over For Seinfeld, But Crispin Porter Keeps Microsoft Business
Discussion: Storage Station
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BBC:   Palin's e-mail account plundered
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers
Discussion: Portfolio and Gawker
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account — Update
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's All New Home Page A Mix Of Old And New  —  Yahoo will begin bucket testing a new version of its home page this evening with small percentage of users.  The company's last home page redesign was more than a year ago, and earlier this year Yahoo began integrating third party content onto the site via their new Buzz product.
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Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Testing, testing...a new Yahoo.com  —  Ever since Jerry and David began categorizing the Web back in 1994, people have visited our homepage to find out what's happening.  That's 100 million of you in the US and 314 million of you globally starting your day on a Yahoo! homepage, so we must be doing something right.
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud  —  For many the “Cloud” in Cloud Computing signifies the notion of location independence; that somewhere in the internet services are provided and that to access them you do not need any specific knowledge of where they are located.  Many applications have already …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network.  Rivals Watch Out!  —  It was a matter of when, not if, Amazon would launch a content delivery business in addition to its current suite of web services that include S3 storage service and EC2 on-demand computing.  The Seattle-based company has announced …
Amazon Web Services Blog:   We're Never Content  —  We've got something new and cool …
DeviceGuru:
Stanford frees CS, robotics courses  —  Stanford University has launched a series of 10 free, online computer science (CS) and electrical engineering courses.  The courses span an introduction to computer science and an introduction to artificial intelligence and robotics, among other topics.
Discussion: Slashdot
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
‘Android’ Cellphone to Showcase Google Brand  —  The first mobile device powered by Google Inc.'s “Android” mobile phone software is expected to sell for $199 and will showcase the Google brand, people familiar with the matter say, a departure from the standard practice of listing only the manufacturer and wireless carrier on handsets.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple grabs double-digit US laptop marketshare  —  Apple's share of the US laptop market jumped into double figures during Q2, once again hitting the kind of marketshare it experienced in its hey-dey.  —  According to local market watcher, NPD DisplaySearch, Apple took 10.6 per cent …
Discussion: The Open Road
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg Becomes 321st Richest American  —  Today Mark Zuckerberg reached a new milestone: he became the 321st richest American, being included in the Forbes 400 list.  The list placed Zuckerberg's valuation at a solid 1.5 billion dollars.  Not a bad place to be in at 24 years old.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
BillShrink helps you save money on cell phones, and now your credit card too  —  BillShrink, a company that says it can help people save money on everyday services, now offers information on one of the biggest money drains around — your credit card.  —  The Menlo Park, Calif. startup already …
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and Webware.com
David Pogue / New York Times:
A New Zune for Serious Music Fans  —  This might sound kind of weird, but here it is: the iPod and the Zune aren't rivals anymore.  —  And not just because the iPod outsells the Zune about a gazillion to one, either.  No, it's because the iPod and the Zune no longer serve the same audience.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Apple continues to deceive users  —  Un-freakin-believable.  —  In preparation for a trip next week, I just took a notebook out of mothballs and proceeded to install updates and make sure all the software and data files I need are in service.  —  Along the way, I noticed an iTunes icon …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Who's Your Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant SanDisk? Jerry Yang?
Discussion: Big Tech
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?
Colin Bogart / The Official Google Blog:
What to do if you can't access your webmail
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Nortel: Would a Breakup Be Best?
Discussion: All About Nortel and GigaOM
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
DNS Prefetching (or Pre-Resolving)
Discussion: Lifehacker
Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Start your “Life with PlayStation”
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Apple's Anti-DRM Stance: Why It's More Talk Than Action
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
Putting a Meter on the Computer for Internet Use
Discussion: Digital Destiny
 Earlier Items: 
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Symantec Rewrites Its Security Suite To Curb Nuisances
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Live From New York: ATD Hires Peter Kafka to Pen a New Media and Advertising Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Official Raided after Uncovering State Trojan
Discussion: Techdirt and Digg
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Page and Brin hold court at Zeitgeist
Discussion: CNET News
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
MacBook Pros, what to expect, when
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Collapse: Assessing The Carnage