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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huh.  Those Mac Ads Aren't As Funny Any More.  —  I sat down to write a post that highlights the really innovative new Apple ad running over two ad units on the New York Times (see video below).  The ad unit came out today, the same day as Microsoft released their new set of “I'm a PC” …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' campaign created with Macs  —  Metadata found on Microsoft's creative copy used in its 'I'm a PC' ad reveals that the graphics were actually produced using Macs running Adobe Creative Suite 3.  After the details were published on the Flickr photo sharing site …
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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Microsoft in Sight, Cisco Buys Jabber  —  Cisco said this morning it would buy instant messaging service Jabber for an undisclosed amount.  The deal is another move by the networking company into the collaboration space — this time highlighting the importance of presence awareness and interoperability in collaboration.
Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing SquirrelFish Extreme  —  Just three months ago, the WebKit team 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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Charles Ying / inside looking out:
SquirrelFish Extreme: Fastest JavaScript Engine Yet
Discussion: Surfin' Safari
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 …
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.
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   NBC content and the web: It just works
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?
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Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Will This E-Reader Replace Papers?  —  The promise of an electronic device that can serve as an acceptable substitute for a daily newspaper should get a boost this Monday, when iRex Technologies releases its latest e-reader: the iRex Digital Reader 1000.  —  The new model, available …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Dan Lyons: I'm sorry I'm not as funny as Fake Steve Jobs  —  Dan Lyons the former Forbes editor whose brilliant Web parodies of Apple's CEO entertained tech enthusiasts for two years, publicly apologized Friday to those who complain that he's not funny since he stopped writing as his alter ego, the Fake Steve Jobs.
Discussion: Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Why the Yahoogle Deal Will Likely Launch-And Be Coming to an Internet Near You on October 9  —  Yesterday, BoomTown took a rather strong stand against Google and its recent aggressive efforts to defend its outsourcing deal to sell some of Yahoo's search advertising.
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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.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Apple recalls Ultracompact USB Power Adapter, but calls it an exchange program  —  Attention iP3G and Ultracompact USB Power Adapter owners-  —  Today, Apple made it clear that the little USB power adapter that came with our iP3G (first thumbnail after the jump or for those who bought …
Discussion: CNET News, MacRumors, TUAW, Gizmodo and Engadget
Paul Keegan / Fortune:
Testing your iPhone coolness  —  Your iPhone applications say a lot about you.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — If you're still racking your brain trying to think of pre-meeting small talk - about the weather, say, or “The Game” - help has arrived.  —  Want to break the ice while demonstrating your coolness?
Al Sacco / CIO.com:
Mac BlackBerry Users Rejoice: RIM Promises New Mac Tools  —  The future is bright for Apple Mac users who love their RIM BlackBerrys.  That's because new, Mac-compatible tools for BlackBerry users are expected within the first half of 2009.  Wireless services that will address BlackBerry-related issues …
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Web 2.0: Google Chrome To Support Add-Ons  —  Google said it will work hard to make sure its add-on paradigm keeps Chrome stable, unlike add-ons for Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.  —  Google's new Web browser eventually will support add-ons and user scripts à la Firefox Add-ons …
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Cable, led by Cablevision, mulls network DVR  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the nation's largest cable TV operators have their way, the home digital video recorder could soon become a relic.  —  Leading the way is Cablevision Systems Corp., which plans to roll out a system in early 2009 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
If Best Buy walks, Real's Rhapsody will hurt  —  Best Buy's acquisition of Napster is likely to mean RealNetwork's Rhapsody music service will wave goodbye to more than just one of its biggest partners.  —  Rhapsody of course powered Best Buy's digital music store.
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Use Hulu, Pandora, or the BBC iPlayer from any country  —  Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  While using a proxy server might violate the usage license of your ISP or the site you are using, it is as far as I know, not illegal.  Still, if you are cautious or in doubt, check with a real lawyer …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Veoh Will Also Make Web TV Software More Lightweight  —  Veoh, which is perhaps best known for its web portal but also has a downloadable long-form Internet TV app called VeohTV, is, much like its startup brethren, trying to make it easier for users to watch long-form, high-quality video in their browsers.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Web 2.0 Expo: Zoho To Launch App Store, Support For Offline E-Mail  —  Developers will keep 100% of revenue from app sales, while Zoho will make its money by charging users to host large instantiations of the apps.  —  Zoho, which makes an online office suite of 18 apps including word processor …
Discussion: Mashable! and Pulse 2.0
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Mozilla plans mobile Firefox, plus ‘public resource’ usage data
Discussion: TG Daily
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search adds features as market share shrinks
Kristin Shoemaker / OStatic blogs:
Canonical Opens Codec Sales and Potential Can of Worms
Discussion: The Open Road
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
net4mac social networking comes to iPhone
Discussion: Mashable!
Ashish Sinha / pluGGd.in to Indian Startups:
Yahoo India Launches Spotm - Social Network for the Youth
Discussion: TechCrunch and contentSutra.com
A. Chris Gajilan / CNN:
Cell phones can affect sperm quality, researcher says
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Jibi / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0: your first looky looky