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6:20 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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
There's Nothing There  —  The odd saga of Microsoft's nascent $300 million rebranding campaign brings to mind this nugget of genius from Paul Rand:  —  “A logo is less important than the product it signifies; what it represents is more important than what it looks like.”
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Ads Featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Not Canceled
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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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.
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.
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Alan Patrick / broadstuff:   O'REILLY SIGNALS FREE WEB 2.0 PARTY IS OVER?
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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JR Raphael / Today @ PC World:
Palin Hack: How It Happened and How to Keep Your Account Safe
Discussion: Voices and InformationWeek
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.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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.
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Pulse 2.0
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: broadstuff
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Yugma Integrates Screen Sharing with Skype  —  Windows/Mac OS X: Free Skype plug-in Yugma Team Collaboration adds a screen sharing feature to Skype.  The plug-in is an offshoot of previously mentioned Yugma, a standalone web conferencing and screen-sharing tool that you can use independently if you're not already a Skype user.
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: Engadget, Gearlog, Crave and Tech Blog
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.
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: last100 and Latest Geek Stuff
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How Many Web Services Can One Person Use?  —  How many more new social networking or micro-blogging or video-sharing site can one person use?  Most of us don't have time to respond to voicemail and e-mail every day, nonetheless check our Twitter updates and Facebook accounts and Flickr friends.
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
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 …
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best BitTorrent Applications  —  The days of peer-to-peer file sharing tools ushered into popularity by the original Napster are over and done, and today, BitTorrent reigns supreme.  It took some time for BitTorrent to gain mainstream popularity, but now that it has …
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’.
Digital Camera Resource Page:
DCRP Review: Nikon D90 … The Nikon D90 ($999, body only) is the long-awaited replacement to the popular D80 digital SLR.  The D90 sits between the D60 and D300 in Nikon's D-SLR lineup, though many of its features come from its more expensive sibling.  —  While it may look a lot like its predecessor …
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 …
 
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Amazon Enters the File-Shipping Business
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Norbits Hackers Threaten to Release User Info
Discussion: Zero Day and Digg
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cyber Attack Data-Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Carrier Panel: Strategies To Keep Mobile Data Growing
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ASUS AIGuru SV1 First Mobile Skype Phone
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 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
What's New in the Windows Live Wave Betas
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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”