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2:00 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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Over For Seinfeld, But Crispin Porter Keeps Microsoft Business  —  People at Microsoft that I trust are saying that it has absolutely, positively, definitely (really) always been the plan to have Seinfeld appear in just the first few warm up commercials for their $300 million Vista ad campaign …
Discussion: Storage Station and Technologizer
Wikileaks:
Sarah Palin Yahoo inbox 2008  —  File  — sarah-palin-hack-2008.zip (click to view full file) … Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) activists loosely affiliated with the group ‘anonymous’ gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account — Update  —  Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account was hacked, and some of its contents posted on the internet Wednesday.  —  The internet griefers known as Anonymous took credit for the intrusion …
Pareene / Gawker:
Sarah Palin's Personal Emails  —  Did the internet just cause Sarah Palin to destroy evidence?  The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) instead of her official account (which is, of course …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds probe hack of Palin's e-mail account  —  John McCain and Sarah Palin on the final evening of the Republican convention.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News)  —  Now we know the real reason why John McCain doesn't use e-mail.  —  Hackers have broken into the Yahoo e-mail account of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers  —  Not quite Anonymous  —  Memo to law enforcement investigators tracking down who broke into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account: Gabriel Ramuglia might be a good place to start.  —  The 25-year-old webmaster and entrepreneur …
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.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo testing livelier, more open home page … Yahoo has begun offering some users a more personalized home page that the company hopes will increase the usage and utility of a Web site that's widely used but elderly in Internet years.  —  The new home page features a dashboard on the left edge …
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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.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View and walking directions come to Google Maps for mobile  —  This July, Street View went international for the Tour de France, and in August, expanded coverage to Japan and Australia.  Now, Street View is coming to another new frontier: your phone.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Collapse: Assessing The Carnage  —  Let's take a stroll through the carnage that was today's stock market.  Keep in mind that the Nasdaq Composite was down nearly 5%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell about 4%.  So if your favorite stock was down 5% today, well, that's about in line with everything else.
Discussion: CNET News and Industry Standard
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Jay Bhatti / Spock.com:
How the financial meltdown affects high tech
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
MacBook Pros, what to expect, when  —  MacBook Pros seem like a lock for the October 14th - ish time frame.  It has been a reaaalllllly long time since Apple upgraded the MacBook Pros.  For those of you old enough remember the Titanium Powerbook, that was the last major design of the professional Apple Laptop.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Schmidt, Page and Brin hold court at Zeitgeist  —  Google held its version of the World Economic Forum today, except the setting wasn't Davos but the Internet search giant's Mountain View, Calif., campus for its Zeitgeist conference.  The guests held similar stature in the worlds …
Discussion: Reuters
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's Schmidt: Full steam ahead Yahoo ad deal
Discussion: paidContent.org and Bits
Mark Johnson / Powerset Blog:
Powerset's First Live Search Projects  —  Powerset officially became a part of Microsoft a little over a month ago and we've already completed our first few integration projects: Freebase Answers, improved captions for Wikipedia results, and new related searches using our Factz engine .
BBC:
Merged banks' names cybersquatted  —  Internet addresses corresponding to recent bank mergers are already being hoarded and sold online.  —  In “cybersquatting”, likely addresses are bought cheaply in the hope of selling to the businesses involved, or as a medium for advertising.
 
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Dee Barizo / Business Logs:
Why the New PR is Personal Relationships not Public Relations
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Kodak Debuts World's First OLED Wireless Frame
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
BuzzLogic Moves Blogger Ad Network Out of Private Beta
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social
PBS:
Leadership: Post-industrial management requires a different skill set
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Official Raided after Uncovering State Trojan
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
ITC to probe Nintendo Wii patent infringement
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Donovan / Techdirt:
Making Google Products Easier To Use Is Not ‘Encouraging Stealing’
GamePolitics News:
Sony, Designer David Jaffe Sued for Alleged God of War Copyright Infringement
BBC:
YouTube bans some weapons footage
Discussion: Techdirt and Guardian
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
VMware Fusion 2.0: A Better Way to Run Windows on a Mac?
Discussion: Infinite Loop
PC Pro:
Asus ships software cracker on recovery DVD
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Wired News:
Run Mac OS X on an Eee PC
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo