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September 18th, 2008
Get Ready for a New Yahoo! Homepage

After a quick visit to Yahoo's Blog, Yodel Anecdotal, you'll see that they are testing, testing... a new Yahoo.com. Millions of people visit the Yahoo Homepage every single day which means the staff given the job of redesigning the site had a pretty important job.

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September 18th, 2008
What’s Going On With Microsoft’s Ad Compaign?

Some of you have probably seen some bits of information on the web over the last day about Microsoft canceling the Bill Gates/ Jerry Seinfeld ad campaign to focus on a "new" campaign.

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September 17th, 2008
Microsoft Uses First-Aid Kit to Market IE 8

The last time that we received any physical type of viral marketing materials from Microsoft was back in early 2007 when Microsoft sent bloggers and other members of the media a little box. Some of you may remember this. The box was a puzzle in itself to get open, but once we got it open, we found a slim 256mb USB drive that had a video and a cipher key.

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September 16th, 2008
CyberNotes: How To Easily Build Your Own Website

If you've ever attempted to build your own website and your related skill level isn't very high, you know that it can be a big headache. There are so many things you have to know if you truly want to build your own site from scratch. It's definitely not something that anybody can do ... unless SynthaSite is being used.

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September 15th, 2008
Best Buy Snatches Up Napster for $121 Million

Back around 1999 and 2000 when Napster was the place to go when you wanted to get your hands on music, we certainly wouldn't have expected that almost 10 years later, they'd have gone through so much yet still able to survive. Not only that, we wouldn't have expected that out of anybody that could have acquired the service, that it would be Best Buy.

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September 12th, 2008
iPhone 2.1 Firmware Now Available…

As promised, today Apple launched the iPhone 2.1 Firmware. They actually surprised us by including details on exactly what it was that they changed with this firmware instead of vaguely saying "bug fixes." This update has been highly anticipated, simply because it is supposed to fix issues with dropped calls, battery life, and accuracy of the 3G signal strength.

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September 12th, 2008
High School Student Drops-Out to Play Guitar Hero

This is by no means "news," just an interesting topic of conversation sent in as a tip. Some of you may know a few Guitar Hero addicts or maybe you are one yourself, but do you think it's a little excessive if a high school student drops-out so that he can concentrate more on the game?

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September 12th, 2008
Microsoft Launches Ad #2

Last week when Microsoft aired their first Windows ad, a lot of you had lots to say about it. Some of you thought that the commercial simply wasn't funny while others of you thought that despite the fact there was no direct message, at least they were getting the logo out.

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September 11th, 2008
Facebook Users Not Keen on Change

Facebook users are once again showing that they aren't too big on change. With Facebook getting ready to "force" all users to use the new design, there's been some people speaking-up about their dislike for the new design.

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September 11th, 2008
Google Docs Gets Dictionary and Table of Contents Features

Previously if you wanted to insert a Table of Contents into your Google Docs document, or look-up the definition of a word, you had to use some JavaScript to make it happen because Google hadn't officially launched the features. Now they have and they are easily available to users.

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September 10th, 2008
Gmail Labs Gets Three More Features

Remember those Gmail Labs features that Google launched back in June? They included features for Gmail like mouse gestures, the option to choose from additional star icons, and more. The great thing about all of these features are that each is opt-in so that only the additional features you want added, will be added to your Gmail account.

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September 9th, 2008
Google Reduces Time It Stores Your Data

In the past we have heard some of you express concern over Google's storage of personal data. It's simply part of their business that they store bits of information from their users, but they always pledge to keep that information private. They've changed their privacy policy on several occasions, and once again they have changed it.

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September 9th, 2008
New iPod Nano Revealed, Updated iPod Touch, iTunes 8, and more…

Apple's big "Let's Rock" event just finished up and as expected, the iPod Nano stole the show. As you can see from the picture above, the new Nano is longer and has some more rounded features, but it also comes in a whole rainbow of colors sure to please anyone.

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September 9th, 2008
Search Old Newspapers Online with Google News Archive

Yesterday Google announced something that will be hard for anybody to find fault with, simply because it is pretty beneficial to the masses. What they are doing is taking the time to team up with various newspaper publishers to get some of the old newspapers scanned in and available online.

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September 8th, 2008
Convenient Timing: Microsoft Confirms New Zunes

Perhaps Microsoft was hoping to take a little bit of the spotlight away from Apple (their iPod announcement is coming tomorrow) by confirming the new Zune line-up today? Yes, new Zune's are on the way. Consumers can expect some extra storage space for both the hard drive and flash models.

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September 8th, 2008
New Poll: How Much Is Your Monthly Cell Phone Bill?

Today in the news I saw an article that caught my attention. The title read "Family gets $20,000 cell phone bill." I thought to myself, how on earth could someone possibly rack up a $20,000 phone bill, but then once I saw the video that explained it, it was easy to understand.

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September 8th, 2008
Microsoft Executes Xbox 360 Price Cuts

We've known for quite some time that Microsoft was preparing to drop the prices of their various Xbox 360 consoles and now it has happened (although only in the U.S.). This comes at a convenient time shortly before the start of the holiday season, and they've managed to get the price down to the "sweet spot" for gaming consoles.

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September 5th, 2008
Joost Getting Ready For the Web

It's been a while since we've heard any significant news from Joost. They launched into an invite only beta back in early 2007 and made quite the stir with everybody eager to get their hands on an invite. Since then, not a whole lot has been said. While there was a demand for invites at launch, the masses weren't impressed with the service.

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September 3rd, 2008
Get Ready for New iPods

Apple is predictable when it comes to iPods. For the last several years, they have launched new iPods in September, conveniently, right before the holiday season. This was the case last year, as well as in 2006 and 2005. Once again this year, in 2008, new iPods are expected. September 9th (a Tuesday) in San Francisco at 10 AM is the big day. So what can we expect?

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September 2nd, 2008
Easier Tagging System Comes to Google’s Picasa

One of the best ways to sort digital photos these days is to tag them. Not only do tags help with sorting the photos, they make viewing photos of certain people or events easier. The only hassle involved is the time it takes to actually apply tags, especially if there are lots of people in the photos. If only there was a more "automatic" way to do it....

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