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11:50 PM ET, September 21, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why the Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Is Something to Fear  —  Randall Stross at The New York Times goes to bat for the Google/Yahoo search marketing deal, saying there's “nothing to fear” from the two companies linking their search products.  I believe most of his analysis is wrong, and he also skips the publisher side of the market entirely.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Poor Ad Targeting & Thoughts On Google-Yahoo  —  Previously, I wrote of how Yahoo's recent press day proved disappointing to me.  Time for part two of that: how the Google-Yahoo ad deal is supposed to help Yahoo.  Oh, it might, but not for the reasons Yahoo put out — the idea it would somehow get advertisers it was missing.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why the Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Is Nothing to Fear
Angelo DiNardi:
MailWrangler and the Apple App Store  —  So in July I wrote a small iPhone app called MailWrangler.  Basically this app enabled a user to add their GMail accounts (standard and Google Apps For Your Domain) which they could load and switch between them quickly.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 7 Starts to Come Into Focus.  Slowly.  —  Okay, enough about Windows ads.  Let's talk about a far more important topic: Windows itself.  Windows 7-the working name for the next version-to be exact.  According to no less an authority than Steve Ballmer, it's supposed to ship …
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A New Kind of Venture Capitalist Makes Small Bets on Young Firms  —  From the day he founded Etsy in 2005, Rob Kalin refused to raise money from venture capital firms to expand his company, which hoped to bring the sale of handmade crafts from small local fairs to the international marketplace of the Web.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Vincent Laforet / Vincent Laforet's Blog:
Something Very Interesting is coming...both to this blog and to our industry  —  COPYRIGHT LAFORET VISUALS INC. DO NOT COPY *(See Note at the end of this article)  —  I had it in my hands for less than 72 hours before I had to send it back - but the time I did have with a prototype …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Should Have Sold Search To Microsoft  —  As Yahoo and Google get ready to finally launch their search partnership—and trigger a storm of legal and industry protest by doing so—it's worth revisiting Yahoo's decision to pursue this deal instead of one with Microsoft in the waning days …
Chicago Tribune:
Social-networking sites viewed by admissions officers  —  Survey shows some use Facebook, MySpace as another aspect to college application  —  Lauren Pfeiffer said she doesn't have to worry about what's on her Facebook profile, but she can't say the same about her fellow students.
Discussion: Slashdot
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumors of 8GB iPhone's death were greatly exaggerated  —  Like manna from China, iPhones fall from the sky into California  —  In case you blinked, a number of sites were reporting a shortage of 8GB iPhones yesterday, including Apple 2.0. … In California, only the Valley Fair Mall …
Brad / Liliputing:
Mandriva Mini: Another custom Linux distro for netbooks  —  For the last few days I've been puzzled by a press release announcing that Mandriva had launched a new version of its Linux distribution specifically tailored for netbooks.  Puzzled because for the life of me, I couldn't find a download link.
Discussion: PC Authority
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Porient H12 handheld runs Linux on 800 x 480 touchscreen  —  The latest update to last year's ARM-based H9 “UMPC” is the Porient H12, which first appeared on the scene a few months before its scheduled debut at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.  Details were very scarce leading up to the show …
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Live Images of LG Renoir, the Viewty successor, emerge  —  Back in August, LG officially announced the new LG KC910, the successor to the LG Viewty.  Officially given the name LG Renoir, the phone has made its appearance in a few pictures snagged from it168.com.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Technology Doesn't Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds.
Discussion: RexBlog.com
John Naughton / Guardian:
Computers are the only worthwhile asset banks have left
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley's resiliency might get tested
Discussion: GigaOM, Webomatica and Creative Capital
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Is Facebook Shutting Down Beacon?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Secretly Sells Porn to P2P Users
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Japanese Girl Sensation: Virtual Boyfriends (Webkare)
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg