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5:55 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.
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
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.
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:
Tony Smith / The Register:
Original iPod revived as iPod Classic
Discussion: The Register
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Apple: iPod nano Shape-Shifts Into Next Generation
Discussion: Engadget and MacUser
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
With the iPod Touch, iPhone-Specific Sites Suddenly Seem Smarter
Discussion: Switched
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPod Refresh Does Not Include the Beatles
Discussion: Engadget
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Live Event: Apple Updates the iPod
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Update: 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
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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Robert McLaws / Windows Vista Edition:   New 'Live Suite' Beta Doesn't Support Vista x64
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Announcing the Windows Live suite with unified installer
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:   Microsoft ties Windows Live services to OS
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, Techdirt and Profy.Com
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod nano 3G first hands-on  —  Ok, we know we've been calling it the fatty, but we'll be straight up with you guys: the third gen iPod nano is friggin' tiny.  It's maybe not the most beautifully proportioned iPod we've ever seen, but its tapered edges and ridiculously thin frame make up for the squatness going on here.
Discussion: Bits and Gizmodo
 
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