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2:00 PM ET, August 23, 2008

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Kevin Rose:
New iPods Coming Very Soon  —  Latest rumors:  — Revamp of entire iPod line.  — Small cosmetic changes to Touch, Nano to see significant redesign (see pic below).  — iPods to see fairly large price drops to distance itself from the $199 iPhone.  — iPod touch 2.1 software, iPhone to get update very soon after.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Kevin Rose unearths redesigned iPod nano, digs for more?  —  Kevin Rose of Digg origins claims to have the scoop on the latest iPod nano.  Mind you, this is the same Kevin Rose who notoriously claimed that a generation one iPhone would launch in both CDMA and GSM version with a pair of batteries and slide-out keyboard.
The Mozilla Blog:
WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOUR BROWSER IS 7 TIMES FASTER?  —  Andreas Gal, Brendan Eich, Dave Anderson, Mike Shaver, and a whole host of other super-smart folks at Mozilla have been working hard to bring a Trace-tree based Just-in-time compiler to Firefox.  I was a little curious about what sort …
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Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
TraceMonkey: JavaScript Lightspeed  —  I'm extremely pleased to announce the launch of TraceMonkey, an evolution of Firefox's SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine for Firefox 3.1 that uses a new kind of Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler to boost JS performance by an order of magnitude or more.  —  Results
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox to get massive JavaScript performance boost
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
shaver:
the birth of a faster monkey
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon: Kindle Isn't *That* Big A Hit; College Edition In The Works  —  Amazon still won't tell anyone how many Kindles it's sold, or how many it thinks it will sell.  But it's distancing itself from blockbuster numbers thrown out by TechCrunch and Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, according to a new report.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Didn't Cash In on Olympics Video  —  NBC's decision to limit the amount of Olympics footage on its Web site has ticked off sports fans.  But that decision could also dog the network in another way: NBCOlympics.com will generate just $5.75 million in video-ad revenue from the Games …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Jaiku is the New Twitter  —  By “Jaiku is the new Twitter”, we're hardly suggesting it is a popular new microblogging site that may overtake the reigning king.  No, that ship has sailed.  We mean it never works anymore.  Twitter seems to have been spending cash found during its recent funding round very well.
Brandon Bailey / LinuxInsider:
Is Sun Microsystems Primed for Purchase?  —  A sliding share price and gloomy forecasts have prompted speculation that Sun Microsystems might be a tempting takeover target for acquisition by Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu or another tech giant.  A sale would be momentous, involving billions …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
SSDs are hot, but come with security risks  —  IDG News Service) Solid-state drives are fast becoming popular replacements for hard drives, especially in laptops, but experts caution that SSDs aren't as secure as commonly thought.  —  SSDs may offer better data security than traditional hard drives …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google making SSL changes, other sites quiet  —  A security researcher has been in discussions with Google on an exploit he plans to release that would allow a hacker to easily intercept someone's communications with supposedly secure Web sites over an unsecured Wi-Fi network, but other sites …
Instructables:
introAmazon Kindle e-ink Screen Transplant from a Sony Reader  —  Having purchased the $400 Amazon Kindle, while I was visiting family last Christmas my little sister accidentally stepped on the device, shattering the screen.  It laid around for eight months in storage before I decided to try the impossible- a cross species transplant!
Discussion: TeleRead, Engadget and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
iHologram Looks Remarkable, but Is it Real?  —  Macenstein points us to an interesting video which claims to create a “holographic” effect on the iPhone by performing real time adjustments to the image based on rotation: … Our only confusion is its apparent ability to detect rotational information …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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Macenstein:
iHologram looks to provide minutes of extreme coolness
Discussion: The Next Web
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Netbook Prices Are Now Falling  —  Personal computer maker Acer said Friday morning it is cutting the price of its Aspire “netbook” to $349 from $399.  It's cutting the price of another netbook, the Linpus Linux Lite, to $329 from $379.  —  None too soon.
 
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Political conventions will be abuzz with wireless data
Discussion: eWeek
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget Cares: The state of Palm - checking in a year later
Steven Schwankert / Network World:
China blocks Apple's iTunes, Amazon over Tibet songs
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
MetaRAM now pumping 288GB of memory into Intel boxes
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Totally False Propaganda About File Sharing Being Given To Students …
Discussion: WebProNews, Switched and Slashdot
Larry Rulison / Albany Times Union:
Verizon's fiber-optic system rollout hits snag
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The Invisible Social Revolution
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
More You Said IT  —  I pulled from about a month of posts comments that made me laugh.
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How To Launch Software  —  37signals recommends that software …
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