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5:20 PM ET, September 5, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs live — Apple's "The beat goes on" special event  —  9:20AM PDT - They kept everyone outside a little longer than we would have liked, but they're finally admitting.  This is the Moscone West — we're assuming the huge hall Steve launched the iPhone in back in January.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple cuts 8GB iPhone price to $399  —  With the new heat the iPhone will be getting from the iPod Touch, Apple decided to lower the barrier of entry to a much more palatable $399, and that's for the 8GB model, which just yesterday was rocking at $599 pricepoint.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple unveils new iPod touch, "fat" iPod nano at special event  —  Observers have been expecting a significant revamp to Apple's iPod lineup, especially after the release of the iPhone in all of its touch-screen glory.  So when Apple announced today's special event—as we predicted …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's iPod touch gets official  —  Well, what do you know.  Turns out the iPod touch is a reality after all.  While we initially assumed that Mr. Jobs wouldn't be so kind as to bless us all with two new full-fledged iPods in a single day, we're elated that he had other ideas.
Discussion: Medialoper
Michael Gartenberg:
Apple Introduces New iPods - Second Take  —  No doubt this was a huge launch for Apple this morning and leaves them with a product line that's going to be hard for Apple's competitors to match.  Let's break it down quickly.  There's a lot here and I'll have more to say later on.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Will 2007 be like 1984?  —  I followed the Apple event by refreshing the Engadget live-blog page, written by Ryan Tate, who has a real talent for live-blogging.  It's almost like being there, and in some ways better.  Obviously you don't have to travel if you're just reading and refreshing.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple: Apple's iPod Classic Is Overgrown, Hard-Drive Equipped Nano  —  Apple just introduced the iPod classic, a revamped version of the standard clickwheel iPod in silver and black—no more whites.  —  An 80GB model (30 hours audio, 5 hours video on the battery) will cost $249.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple Reactions: The Future of Wireless Audio and Video  —  Reactions to Apple's various product announcements are pouring in.  I'll start with mine.  As I wrote this morning, the most significant aspect of all this is the emergence of a class of portable computer that can surf the Web …
Discussion: Technovia
Tony Smith / The Register:
Original iPod revived as iPod Classic  —  Apple didn't ditch it's old, faithful iPod today - it just renamed it the Classic, boosted its storage capacity, an LED-backlit display and gave it a more curvy casing than it's had before.  —  The 10.4 x 6.2 x 1.1cm player now comes with a choice …
Discussion: The Register
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Unveils iPod touch
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPod nano Shape-Shifts Into Next Generation
Discussion: Engadget and MacUser
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Introduces New iPod classic
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
With the iPod Touch, iPhone-Specific Sites Suddenly Seem Smarter
Discussion: Switched
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How To Get $200 Back If You Just Got An iPhone
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPod Refresh Does Not Include the Beatles
Discussion: Engadget
CNN:
UPDATE: Apple Unveils IPod Touch, Revamped Products
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Drops 4GB iPhone, 8GB Model Now $399
Discussion: TechSpot News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Opens Up To Public Search  —  One of the great features of Facebook was privacy.  You could be assured that what was in Facebook remained in Facebook.  However, that illusion might be ending soon.  —  Tonight, Facebook launches a "public listing search" which allows anyone to search for a specific person.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   People Search Business Just Got More Complicated As Facebook Enters Market
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Facebook no longer top choice among members of witness protection programs
Bruce Lambert / New York Times:
As Prostitutes Turn to Craigslist, Law Takes Notice  —  The eight women visited Long Island this summer along with vacationing families and other business travelers, staying in hotels and motels in commercial strips in middle-class suburbs like East Garden City, Hicksville and Woodbury.
Discussion: Download Squad, Profy.Com and Techdirt
Windows Live Wire:
Test drive the new Windows Live suite  —  You've probably already read about some changes we're making to Windows Live, and have seen some of your services change over the past few weeks.  Starting later today, you'll be able to test out the new suite of Windows Live software at http://get.live.com/wl/all.
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:   Microsoft ties Windows Live services to OS
U.S. Federal Election Commission:
FEC Resolved Two Matters Involving Internet Activity; Applies Media Exemption to Political Blogs  —  WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission announced today that it has unanimously resolved two complaints alleging that Internet blog activity is subject to Commission regulation …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   FEC Determines That Blogs Count As Media
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Time Inc. to Close Business 2.0  —  The latest dot-com casualty comes from the newsstand, not the Internet.  —  Business 2.0, a monthly magazine about the new economy, will be shut down rather than sold, its owners at Time Inc. have decided.  The publication, which has been suffering …
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Universal Music Sues Eisner-Backed Veoh Networks Over Web Site  —  Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, said Veoh Networks Inc., the Internet video-site operator backed by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner, infringes its copyrights.
 
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