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8:40 AM ET, September 7, 2007

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Steve Jobs / Apple:
To all iPhone customers:  —  I have received hundreds of emails from iPhone customers who are upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale.  After reading every one of these emails, I have some observations and conclusions.
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Puppet Master  —  I have never before quoted myself at length in a column, but this week's Apple iPhone pricing fiasco calls for it, so here is the beginning of a column I wrote back in January 2002:  —  In 1999, I was commissioned by Vanity Fair magazine to write a story about the relationship between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
New York Times:
IPhone Owners Crying Foul Over Price Cut  —  In June, they were calling it the God Phone.  Yesterday, it was the Chump Phone.  —  People who had rushed to buy the Apple iPhone over the last two months suddenly and embarrassingly found that they had overpaid by $200 for the year's most coveted gadget.
CNNMoney.com:
Apple giving $100 credit to early iPhone buyers  —  After the price of an 8 GB iPhone was reduced to $399 from $599, CEO Jobs agrees to give store credit to those who paid the original price.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — After receiving hundreds of emailed complaints from existing Apple …
Discussion: Online Fandom
Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
Upcoming Netscape changes  —  › tags: Community, Netscape, Portal, Social News, SocialNews  —  To the Netscape Community...  There are some upcoming changes to the Netscape.com site that we hope will improve your experience.  We'll be providing two different news options for you based …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Netscape Digg Clone Is Kaput  —  We've known about it for weeks (despite Netscape's claims that our post was innacurate), but now it's confirmed: AOL has announced the end of Netscape as a social news portal.  —  In a statement, Tom Drapeau spun the decision as being AOL listening …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Screen Shots And Feature Overview of Delicious 2.0 Preview  —  Social bookmarking site Delicious launched a limited, invite-only preview of version 2.0 of the service this afternoon.  The new site can be accessed at preview.delicious.com, although only invited users can actually get in.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Multiply, social networking for 30-somethings, raises $16.6M  —  Multiply, a social network aimed at 30-somethings, has just announced additional venture funding of $16.6 million  —  The Boca Raton, Florida-based Multiply struggled after launching in late 2003.
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Matt Richtel / International Herald Tribune:
Social networking sites take notice of seniors
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Associated Press:
Feds OK Fee for Priority Web Traffic  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Thursday said Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic.  —  The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices …
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Why Vista?  —  I'm working on a head-to-head review of Parallels and Fusion, two competing virtualization packages on OS X, for InfoWorld.  As part of that review, I'm doing a Vista install in both to check the experience, resource usage, and so on.  —  One of the cool features of Parallels is something they call "Smart Select."
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Welcome back to TechCrunch UK & Ireland  —  Well, we're cranking up the blogging engine here again.  My name is Mike Butcher and some readers may know me from a while back when I helped launch this site for the first time late last year.  I'm delighted to say that - following a hiatus …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
'The Long Tail Is Just Not That Long'  —  Q&A: Starcom's Emerging Video Guru Tracey Scheppach  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Tracey Scheppach's job is, simply, to help advertisers find new methods to hawk their wares on TV.  But deciding on those methods is far from simple.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Self-Referential Google Docs Chessboard  —  In above chessboard, which is actually a Google Spreadsheet embedded using the advanced publishing options, the king and rook automatically switch their places around every hour (not necessarily in compliance with chess rules!).
Discussion: Download Squad
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
"Photoshop Express" RIA sneak-peeked today  —  Today the crowd at Photoshop World got a quick preview of Photoshop Express, a new application currently in development at Adobe.  First hinted at by Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen some six months ago, Photoshop Express isn't meant to duplicate/replace Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop Elements.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft hires WebGuide developer  —  Firs there was Windows XP Media Center Edition.  Then there was Windows Vista with media center features built into the operating system.  But while Microsoft has built an excellent 10-foot interface for interacting with TV, video, radio …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Directly Engages Custom Installers at CEDIA EXPO 2007
Business Week:
Amazon Does Downloads, Sort Of  —  Why its push into digital delivery of books, movies, and music seems halfhearted  —  Shoppers looking to buy Dean Koontz's alien invasion novel The Taking on Amazon.com (AMZN ) see it offered as a new or used paperback.  But they're given no clue …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Only In Europe: Sony Dates PlayStation Games For Europe (Including Home)
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Europe's Seedcamp winners announced
Discussion: Fred Destin
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Relational database pioneer says technology is obsolete
Discussion: Labnotes and Slashdot: IT
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD fizzles as consumers watch and wait
Discussion: AnandTech
Danny Sanchez / Journalistopia:
Journalistopia online crime maps directory
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The Boy Genius Report:
Virgin Mobile launches the Super Slice
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
MySpace to get popular Facebook travel app
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Cell phones can trigger medical equipment failure, problem could get worse
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
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PR Newswire:
Panasonic Announces Expansion of Its Industry Leading 1080P Plasma Line
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple Hi-Fi, RIP: 2006 - 2007
Vivek / StartupSquad:
App Platform for Future: BungeeLabs+Nirvanix+(webDB)
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Bringing Enterprise 2.0 to Morgan Stanley
Discussion: Computerworld and Web Strategy
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Phil Schiller, Apple Senior VP of Worldwide …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook: Opening Up, But on Its Own Terms
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