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11:40 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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's “I'm a PC” Ad Beats Seinfeld (But Not Hodgman)  —  Phase 2 of Microsoft's Windows ad campaign debuted tonight during The Office, and the latest work by ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky definitely beats the crap out of those (ill-fated?)  Gates/Seinfeld ads when it comes to making a point.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The first “I'm a PC” Microsoft ads: Much better
Discussion: WebProNews, sati.sh and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
That Was Fun, But Now Ebay's Selling Off StumbleUpon  —  In May 2007 eBay acquired website recommendation engine StumbleUpon for $75 million.  Now, less than a year and a half later, they're trying to unload it according to a source with knowledge of the sale process.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Report: eBay Trying To Ditch StumbleUpon.  What About Skype?  —  Mike Arrington says eBay is trying to pawn off recommendation engine StumbleUpon, which it picked up last year for $75 million.  We suppose that makes sense, given that John Donahoe is in reorg/slimdown mode …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Cap'n Pam Greenebearde / The Official Google Blog:
Google in one more language  —  As we've written before, one of our goals is to enable everyone using Google to find the information they want easily, no matter what language they speak.  —  It recently came to our attention that Google was not accessible to a large, influential, and notoriously quick-tempered community: Pirates.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Roundup: Brin's blog, O'Reilly gets serious, Joost's browser …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, FriendFeed (Who Else?)  Dives Into Talk Like A Pirate Day
Symbian Smart Phones World:
ULTRA HOT: Two New Nokia Eseries Phones In The Works - Nokia E72 and E75 Leaked!!!!!  —  + ULTRA HOT: Two New Nokia Eseries Phones In The Works!  —  Nokia E72 and E75 Leaked!!!!!  —  Two New Nokia QWERTY Phones In The Works!  —  Leaking confidential information is the growing problem.
Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber  —  Jabber's Presence and Messaging Software to Enhance Cisco's Collaboration Portfolio  —  Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc., a provider of presence and messaging software.
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Tiffany Wu / Reuters:
Cisco to buy messaging software company Jabber
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Better Way To Collaborate: OpenACircle  —  OpenACircle is a new collaboration tool for teams which includes innovative screen-sharing and video conferencing features for instant collaboration with co-workers.  This makes OpenACircle somewhat unique in the web-based project/task management space …
Discussion: Webware.com and Profy
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Yugma Integrates Screen Sharing with Skype
Sergey Brin / too:
LRRK2  —  For more than 20 years, my mother has worked with computers at NASA.  So, when she developed a pain in her hands the diagnosis seemed easy — Repetitive Stress Injury.  Except that it wasn't so easy.  As her mysterious symptoms progressed it varied — RSI, fibromyalgia (unexplained pain), Lyme Disease, and so forth.
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Google Searches at 63% of the Search Market for August 2008  —  comScore has released their search market data for August 2008.  Google saw 63% of the 11.7 billion core searches conducted in the U.S. during the late summer month.  The number of core searches barely changed from July to August …
Discussion: Reuters
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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
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC's Web sites see surge in traffic  —  iTunes sells 1 mil since Sept. 9; news events draw visitors  —  The Peacock felt gale-force winds beneath its wings this week on the Internet.  —  A trio of unrelated events conspired to give NBC Universal record traffic at three Web locations: CNBC.com, NBC.com and iTunes.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and Lost Remote
Jibi / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0: your first looky looky  —  Remember when we first mentioned OS 5.0 nearly one and a half years ago?  Yes, it's been that long.  Although that version matured into what we now know as OS 4.5, earlier this year, we broke the story about the formal introduction of OS 5.0 within the walls of Waterloo.
Discussion: IntoMobile and BlackBerry Cool
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho: The Little Engine That Could (Take on Both Microsoft and Google)  —  We all love the David and Goliath story.  What about David vs two Goliaths?  That is the improbable story of Zoho, the Web Office startup competing head on with both Microsoft and Google.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Next-Gen E-Readers Arrive  —  Amazon's Kindle was fun.  Now it's time for electronic readers to get to work.  —  On Monday, Netherlands-based iRex Technologies is slated to unveil the iRex Reader 1000, the first in a wave of e-reader devices that promise bigger screens and improved interfaces and functionality.
Discussion: TeleRead, I4U News and Engadget
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Problem with Every Implementation of a “Forgot Your Password?”  Feature I've Seen Online  —  I recently read that Sarah Palin's Yahoo! email accounts had been hacked.  What is interesting about the hack is that instead of guessing her password or finding a security flaw in Yahoo's email service …
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and broadstuff
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Linking to P2P Downloads Confirmed Legal in Spain  —  A court has ruled that a site providing links to P2P downloads is operating legally.  The Provincial Court of Madrid ruled that Sharemula.com, a site offering eDonkey links to movies, music, software and games does not break the law.
Discussion: p2pnet
 
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Troydbrown / BlackBerryNews.com:
8220 Pearl Also Headed to O2 and T-Mobile Germany
Discussion: IntoMobile and BlackBerry Cool
CNET News:
QuickTime and iTunes DoS exploit released
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Hubdub signs partner deal with Reuters
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
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Rob Diana / Mashable!:
The Future is Yahoo the Platform
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cyber Attack Data-Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told
Discussion: Danger Room
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Too-Powerful Google Thumbs Its Nose at Everyone-Good Luck With That, Eric!
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet, 12 Inches of Touchtasticness
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog, Tech Blog and Crave