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1:20 AM ET, September 6, 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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USA Today:
Q&A with Jobs: 'That's what happens in technology'  —  It's not every day you slice the price of a popular product by one-third.  —  But Apple CEO Steve Jobs did just that Wednesday with the iPhone.  By the end of the day, the combination cellphone, iPod and Internet device was available for $399, down from $599.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How To Get $200 Back If You Just Got An iPhone  —  Did you just buy an 8GB iPhone and paid full price?  And are you feeling upset over the $200 dollar price drop that Apple (AAPL) just announced?  Well there is a way you can help yourself and get $200 back.  Apple's store return policy states:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple Reactions: The Future of Wireless Audio and Video
Discussion: Technovia
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft cuts Zune price as Apple ups ante for iPods
Discussion: CNET News.com and Inquirer
Jon Fortt / CNNMoney.com:
Apple unveils new iPod with Wi-Fi
Discussion: The Utility Belt and SMS Text News
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP announces the Blackbird 002 gaming machine
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
With the iPod Touch, iPhone-Specific Sites Suddenly Seem Smarter
Discussion: last100 and Engadget
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Apple Event: New iPods, iPhone Price Cut, No Beatles
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple: Apple's iPod Classic Is Overgrown, Hard-Drive Equipped Nano
Discussion: Engadget
DailyTech:
HP Unveils First Collaboration with Voodoo PC
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechSpot News
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
10 Future Web Trends  —  We're well into the current era of the Web, commonly referred to as Web 2.0.  Features of this phase of the Web include search, social networks, online media (music, video, etc), content aggregation and syndication (RSS), mashups (APIs), and much more.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and BlueBlog
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple screwed you: So now what?  —  The $200 price drop isn't going over well with readers.  So here are a few TUAW tips for how to handle this situation:  —  Returns.  If you're within the first 14 days of purchase, you're golden.  Go back to the store and raise hell.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Subtraction
David Pogue / New York Times:
High-Speed Video Store in the Living Room  —  If you had to make a master list of all the world's problems, "limited access to movies" probably wouldn't appear until page 273,996.  —  Truth is, life is teeming with opportunities to see movies: movie theaters, video stores, DVD-by-mail services …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Idiots In The Box, Part Deux: Vudu's Movie Box Launches …
Discussion: USA Today
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 now, you can test out the new suite of Windows Live software at http://get.live.com/wl/all.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Lets You Import Online Data  —  Google Spreadsheets wins the prize for the coolest new features launched this summer in Google's web applications.  —  The magical autofill lets you type the first elements from a series, select them, drag the fill handle (a small blue square) …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Are Books Passé?  Web Giants Envision the Next Chapter  —  Technology evangelists have predicted the emergence of electronic books for as long as they have envisioned flying cars and video phones.  It is an idea that has never caught on with mainstream book buyers.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
HP introduces big-and-brawny iPaq 610 and iPaq 910 smart phones  —  In addition to several other mobile product announcements today, HP showed off two new smart phones, and they're not for the faint of heart.  —  First, there's the HP iPaq 610 Business Navigator, a quad-band mobile with support …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft touts cost savings of Vista over XP  —  (InfoWorld) - Microsoft released details of a study it commissioned that found that total cost of ownership for Windows Vista on mobile PCs is $605 less annually than Windows XP.  —  According to research conducted by Wipro and GCR Custom Research …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Universal Fires Back At Veoh With Lawsuit. Will It Matter?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's LucidTouch: a multi-touch display with pseudo-transparency
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Robert McLaws / Windows Vista Edition:
IPTV, V2 Extenders Coming to Windows Vista Media Center
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Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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CNET News.com:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod nano 3G first hands-on
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