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12:30 AM ET, September 13, 2009

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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Windows 7 upgrade can take nearly a day  —  While developing Windows 7, Microsoft ran many different performance tests to make sure the operating system was an improvement over its predecessors.  One of the tests focused on upgrade performance: Microsoft wanted to make sure …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Review: Apple's fifth-generation iPod nano (2009)  —  The glossy-finished new fifth-gen iPod nano builds upon last year's tall and slim form factor by adding video recording, FM radio with iPod tagging and Live Pause, VoiceOver navigation, a built-in Nike+ step counter, and a slightly larger and improved 2.2" …
Discussion: PC World and Macworld
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hands-On: iPod Nano vs. Flip SD  —  We were intrigued and excited about the addition of a video camera to the iPod nano this week.  Apple threw the gauntlet down against the Flip in the battle to get stupidly simple video cameras into the hands of consumers.  But how do the two compare when used literally side-by-side?
Boy Genius Report:
Yep, Motorola CLIQ definitely launching in October to T-Mobile  —  Thanks to one of our top ninjas, we've been able to score this shot of an internal T-Mobile PowerPoint clearly showing the Motorola CLIQ release date listed as October which further supports our previous story about a mid-October launch.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
How the Cliq May Make Handset Makers Uncomfortable
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:atul
Jay Robinson:
Some Notes On iTunes LP  —  It's clear that I'm pretty excited about iTunes LP.  The “deluxe album” format from the iTunes Store is an attempt to revitalize music sales by providing an immersive digital experience complete with detailed art reminiscent of when people used to buy records.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Report: Amazon halts work on Oregon data center complex  —  Amazon.com appeared to be making a big addition to its internet infrastructure last fall, when The Oregonian reported that a huge data center linked to the ecommerce giant was under construction in eastern Oregon near the Columbia River.
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John Foley / InformationWeek:
First Look At Amazon's Oregon Data Center
Google Watch:
Why Google Can't Afford to Ignore Marketing Anymore  —  Robert Cringely has an interesting post about Google's corporate idiosyncrasies as relayed to him via ex-Googlers.  —  Through him we learn that peer review is Google's choice for product development, sometimes to a fault.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What's Yahoo's “Plan B” For Search?  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo search deal isn't a forgone conclusion.  In fact, news out yesterday suggests the companies may face serious regulatory hurdles.  Potentially, it won't be allowed.  That leaves me wondering.  What's Yahoo's Plan B?
Thanks:atul
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Danny Sullivan: Carol Bartz Is The Sarah Palin Of Search
Discussion: Techgeist and Beyond Search
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Symantec: Google Groups Used to Send Commands to Malware  —  Symantec researchers have uncovered a Trojan using a private newsgroup within Google Groups as a command and control server.  The move follows an attempt to use Twitter as a C&C earlier this year.
Discussion: jd/adobe, PC World and Symantec
Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What information is “personally identifiable”?  —  Mr. X lives in ZIP code 02138 and was born July 31, 1945.  —  These facts about him were included in an anonymized medical record released to the public.  Sounds like Mr. X is pretty anonymous, right?  —  Not if you're Latanya Sweeney …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Expands Quality Based Pricing.  Translation: Publishers Get Less  —  Earlier this week Yahoo sent out an email to Yahoo Publisher partners (third party sites that display Yahoo cost per click ads).  The email says they should expect new pricing adjustments “based on our assessment …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Sprint CEO on Pre vs iPhone: “It's like comparing someone to Michael Jordan”  —  Charlie Rose asked Sprint CEO Dan Hesse about how the Palm Pre is doing against the Apple iPhone.  The bottom line: Well, but not too well.  It almost feels like he's admitting defeat from the start.
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
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Do iPhone Users Hate Ads?
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