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11:35 PM ET, September 19, 2008

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Apple:
Apple Announces Ultracompact USB Adapter Exchange Program  —  Apple® today announced that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating the risk of electric shock.
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Ars Technica:
Comcast loses P2P religion, goes agnostic on throttling  —  Comcast has finally provided the FCC with details of its new congestion management system, and there's a lot to like.  Deep packet inspection it out.  P2P protocol targeting is out.  Management systems that affect entire regions are out.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Comcast: No complaints on new Internet management
Discussion: GigaOM
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' Ads Created On Macs  —  After dumping its $10 million contract with Jerry Seinfeld after just three ads (only two of which even aired) Microsoft has created new ad copy where regular people and a few celebrities say, “I'm a PC!”  One problem with the campaign's credibility: the ad work was created using Macs.
rizzn's personal blog:
gPhone Spotted in the Wild!  —  Yesterday, I teased some photos of the gPhone spotted out in the wild, and today I deliver.  The official release date of the Android-powered T-Mobile Dream is the 23 of this month (a day quickly approaching - http://mashable.com/...ember-23/ ).
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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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 …
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).
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:
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” …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's “I'm a PC” Ad Beats Seinfeld (But Not Hodgman)
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Tenn. legislator confirms son is at center of Palin hack chatter  —  Blogs, message boards link college student to e-mail address reportedly used by hacker  —  Computerworld) A Tennessee state legislator has confirmed that his son, a 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
The looming crisis: Personal syndication overload  —  Today, for kicks, I tried to draw a map of all the places I write content, all the places it is displayed, and all the intermediate services that re-post my content in places other than where I originally write it.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's New Board to Meet  —  Yahoo Inc.'s revamped board will meet for the first time next week, giving investor Carl Icahn his first chance to push his agenda for the Internet company from the inside.  —  The new board, which includes Mr. Icahn and two new directors Yahoo chose and Mr. Icahn supported …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent.org
The Official Google Blog:
Changes in Phoenix  —  At Google, engineering is everything - no great engineers, no life enhancing products, no happy users.  So we've spent a lot of time structuring our engineering operations to make the most of the exceptional talent that's available across America …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer sets a new (and potentially much later) retirement date  —  Last time CEO Steve Ballmer offered a tentative timeframe as to when he might retire from Microsoft, he put the date at ten years or so from now (around the time his youngest goes to college).  —  But now there's a new date.
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?
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
EA to Spore players: We're sorry for DRM  —  The consumer is always right.  Electronic Arts, stung by a siege of criticism from gamers who took issue with the copyright restrictions the company placed on its Spore game, this morning issued an apology and said it would loosen the electronic locks on the game.
Discussion: Techdirt, Ars Technica and CNET News
George Colony / George F. Colony:
Forrester: mild tech slowdown ahead  —  Quickly: Forrester predicts a technology slowdown lasting three to four quarters, driven by an expected mild recession.  —  Forrester uses its extensive primary research with consumers, large companies, and vendors to continually forecast tech spending and the health of the overall economy.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
App Store is a Goldmine: Indie Developer Makes $250,000 in Two Months  —  First, watch this:  —  The game is called Trism, and it's an example of why - despite Apple throwing its toys out of the pram every time it sees an iPhone App it doesn't like - developers will continue to make quality software for the App Store.
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
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Google now one of the top 10 most valuable brands  —  Interbrand has concluded its study of this year's top brands and released its annual Best Global Brands survey, a valuation based on several factors of international reach and financial growth.  A number of tech companies, including Google …
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Twittermoms Shows Why Twitter Needs Groups  —  This is why Twitter needs groups.  After only 15 days, mothers are signing up at an astounding rate to Twittermoms.com.  According to its founder, the site's growth has been unexpectedly strong, and about 39 percent of its 5,000-or-so daily users are considered …
Discussion: twitter moms
Mashable!:
Forget Hodgman.  Forget Eva Longoria.  Microsoft Wants YOU to Play PC.  —  Most everyone knows that the Microsoft ads with Seinfeld didn't go over very well with the blog world, so they've started an “I'm a PC” campaign.  And they've also launched an interesting online viral marketing site to go along with this new ad campaign.
Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
The future of mobile  —  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.
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 …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Talk Like a Pirate Day: Will The Web Audience Ever Grow Up?  —  Sometimes I have a feeling that the entire web industry is full of hip and cool kids - no matter how old they are and how expensive their toys like iPhone and Apple MacBook Air are.  Today's example is the Talk Like A Pirate day that seems to be absolutely everywhere.
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
net4mac social networking comes to iPhone
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Use Hulu, Pandora, or the BBC iPlayer from any country
A. Chris Gajilan / CNN:
Cell phones can affect sperm quality, researcher says
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and Unwired View
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Rallying Cry for Display Ads
Discussion: Valleywag and Epicenter
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Drop.io Launches Geo-Location File Sharing
Discussion: webmonkey and Mashable!