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5:00 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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Amazon Web Services Blog:
We're Never Content  —  We've got something new and cool in the works and I'm excited to be able to tell you a little bit about it today!  —  Before the end of the year we are planning to release a new service for content delivery.  This new (and as yet unnamed) service will provide …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Launches Content Delivery Network.  Rivals, Watch Out!  —  It was a matter of when, not if, that 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.
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 …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Amazon Launching New Content Delivery Network: No Threat To Major CDNs, Yet
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Alleged 1st-person tale of Palin e-mail hack comes and goes  —  With news of Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo e-mail account being hacked coming to light yesterday, details on how the hack may have taken place may be emerging.
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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.
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David Bowie / 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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Austin Modine / The Register:
Google to DoJ: The clock is ticking  —  Will push Goo-Hoo! deal, regulators be damned  —  When government regulators come knocking, businesses usually make with the “Yes, sirs” and the “Thank you very much, sirs,” attempting a bit of the old boardroom charm to make the probing process go easy.
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Michael Liedtke / E-Commerce Times:
Google May Plunge Ahead With Yahoo Deal Sans Gov't Blessing
Discussion: HipMojo.com
The Official Google Blog:
The intelligent cloud  —  The Internet has had an enormous impact on people's lives around the world in the ten years since Google's founding.  It has changed politics, entertainment, culture, business, health care, the environment and just about every other topic you can think of.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   Google's quest for the intelligent cloud
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Search for music on Yahoo!, play songs on search results page  —  Companies like SeeqPod and Skreemr have made a business model out of letting you search for a song or musician by name and then streaming the MP3s found on the web.  The sites don't actually host any of the music - just the tools to locate and play it.
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney to Stop Illegal Surveillance  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T launch updates: HTC Fuze, Samsung Mirage, Bold moved to November?  —  Bear with us folks.  We've just got ahold of an AT&T product sheet dated September 17th.  Also known as “the most up to date doc you've seen”.  Before we get into the BlackBerry Bold nonsense, here's a break down on what the sheet says:
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
All eyes on the MacBook  —  With this year's iPhone and iPod updates behind them, Apple watchers have shifted their attention to the products that matter most to the company's bottom line: the MacBook and the increasingly long-in-the-tooth MacBook Pro.  —  Steve Jobs likes to refer to the Mac …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacUser
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle's first quarter allays worries  —  Oracle reported first quarter earnings that topped expectations as new software licenses were in line with estimates.  Revenue, however, was light.  —  In a statement Thursday, Oracle said it reported earnings of $1.1 billion, or 21 cents a share (preview).
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.
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
The first 6 steps to homegrowing basic startup analytics  —  Quick intro to getting set up on analytics  —  I've been asked a few times recently, “Wow, these analytics you write about are great, but how does a startup begin to bite off the relevant parts?”  This blog is to address these questions.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as ‘Vexatious’ Litigator  —  The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a “vexatious” litigator.  The association is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused …
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
Tony Smith / The Register:
Toshiba takes wraps off netbook  —  Updated It's official: Toshiba today formally launched its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena, following Dell's lead and equipping the Linux version with Ubuntu 8.04.  —  The NB100 is an 8.9in model - the display resolution is 1024 x 600 - and powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270.
Discussion: Liliputing, Electronista and Gadget Lab
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Beacon Is Baaaaack!  —  Tom Kincaid, a top Facebook developer and blogger mentioned in the Facebook Developer Forums last night that Beacon seems to be rearing its ugly head once again.  —  According to Kincaid, he signed up for CBS Sportsline and got a Beacon-like pop-up, which he thinks may have used a Facebook cookie.
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Will Toshiba save SanDisk, parry Samsung?
Discussion: eWeek
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Potential iPhone usability and interface improvements
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 3G has a hidden data matrix code
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo, TUAW and Digg
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
O'Reilly: Stop throwing sheep, do something worthy
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 3G Owners Are Using Less Internet Than AT&T Expected …
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
HTC Touch HD Gets Fondled in French Video (Oh La La)
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
MySpace Music hears the antitrust song
Discussion: Contentinople
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Sometimes Google Isn't Enough: New Research Engine Searches “Deep Web”
BBC:
‘60,000’ devices are left in cabs
Discussion: Lockergnome and dailywireless.org
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Federal lawsuits take on the humble hyperlink
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg Becomes 321st Richest American
Discussion: Valleywag and The Social Web