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1:25 PM 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.
Market Wire:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber  —  Jabber's Presence and Messaging Software to Enhance Cisco's Collaboration Portfolio  —  Cisco (CSCO - News) today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc., a provider of presence and messaging software.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Microsoft in Sight, Cisco Buys Jabber
Discussion: Mashable!, Valleywag, OStatic blogs and open
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco gobbles up Jabber
Discussion: eWeek
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?
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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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Pirate Search & Talk Like A Pirate Day  —  Today is the official day for Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Many tech companies and personalities like to mention the day, in some way or another.  —  Google wrote about their Google Pirate Search, as shown above.  Dogpile's dog dressed up for the day.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, FriendFeed (Who Else?)  Dive Into Talk Like A Pirate Day
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing SquirrelFish Extreme  —  Just three months ago, we announced SquirrelFish, a major revamp of our JavaScript engine featuring a high-performance bytecode interpreter.  Today we'd like to announce the next generation of our JavaScript engine - SquirrelFish Extreme (or SFX for short).
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Cameron Zwarich / Summer of JavaScriptCore:   SquirrelFish Extreme has landed!
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.
Wall Street Journal:
EA Relaxes Rules on Installing ‘Spore’  —  Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. plans to allay complaints about copy-protection limits in its new “Spore” software by increasing the number of times the game can be installed.  —  “Spore,” a game based on evolution from “The Sims” …
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
EA seeks to remedy its ‘Spore’ DRM mistake
Discussion: AppScout
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.
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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Drop.io Launches Geo-Location File Sharing  —  NY-based private file sharing service Drop.io has announced the launch of geo-location based drops.  The concept works like this — you upload files into your drop.  Once uploaded you can tag the drop with a location.
Google Android News Android Forums:
HTC Dream G1 In The Wild  —  Are these the first pics of the Android powered HTC Dream/G1 in the wild?  —  This image has surfaced on a personal blog from the Utterli.com network.  Little detail is given surrounding the nature of the images. … Did you enjoy this post?
Discussion: Gizmodo, MobileCrunch and Engadget
Paul Taylor / Inquirer:
Atom 330 makes its debut  —  Early bird catches the sample  —  THE DUAL-CORE brother to Intel's Atom lives and breathes as we speak.  The Guru of 3D somehow landed an engineering sample from ECS and had some time to run basic benchmarks on the CPU.  If you thought the original Atom was slow, then this one's only half as slow.
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
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
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Parallels 4 to tout OS X Server VM, dual-core, new interface  —  Competition between virtualization software developers is about to kick into overdrive thanks to the ongoing development Parallels Desktop 4, which people familiar with the update say will significantly expand hardware …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
Fred / A VC:
It's Time To Open Up The Feeds To Marketers  —  I wrote a post a week or two ago where I talked about the increasing importance of feeds as an interface to social media and media and information in general.  I don't really mean “rss feeds” when I say feeds, although reading this blog's feed …
 
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Analysis: new spying lawsuit asks “can computers eavesdrop?”
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google's U.S. Search Share Hits 63%
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Virtual World Marketing That Works: My Top 3 Tips
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Social Network — In India
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Linking to P2P Downloads Confirmed Legal in Spain
Discussion: p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho: The Little Engine That Could (Take on Both Microsoft and Google)
Discussion: InformationWeek
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Next-Gen E-Readers Arrive
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best BitTorrent Applications
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
How Many Web Services Can One Person Use?
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Yugma Integrates Screen Sharing with Skype
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers
Discussion: Techdirt and broadstuff