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9:40 AM ET, September 4, 2008

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Available Now: Windows XP $399, Ubuntu $349  —  The way Dell introduced the Inspiron Mini 9 was pretty inspired, so it's almost been depressing watching the steady stream of leaks deflate it into a now familiar device, even though it's only being released today.
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Jay Pinkert / Your Blog:
Without Further Ado, Meet Your New Best Friend  —  The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 launches today - 8 a.m. Central - in the U.S., Japan and some European countries (check local listings).  Starting price for the XP version - available now — is $399 USD.  An Ubuntu Linux version will be available later, starting at $349 USD.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google on Chrome EULA controversy: our bad, we'll change it  —  Google's new web browser Chrome is fast, shiny, and requires users to sign their very lives over to Google before they can use it.  Today's Internet outrage du jour has been Chrome's EULA, which appears to give Google …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome's about: Pages
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Katherine Boehret / The Mossberg Solution:
HTC Can't Disguise Windows Mobile Flaws  —  New iPhone competitors continue to crop up, though most are mobile devices from companies that simply slap on a touch screen in hopes of fooling consumers.  The real key to the iPhone's success is its software, and finally, signs indicate …
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Will Cut Xbox Prices in the U.S.  —  The software giant aims to build its scale in game consoles to better compete with Sony and Nintendo—and to draw in more casual gamers  —  Microsoft (MSFT) thought it would steal a march on the competition when it launched its Xbox 360 video-game console …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Amazon Adds Streaming for Both PCs and Macs  —  Amazon has extended its paid video service to streaming, Macs, and compatible Sony BRAVIA devices and televisions.  It previously only made movies and TV shows available for download to PCs or on TiVos.  The moves were all expected and forecast …
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
One Of The Coolest Homepages I've Seen  —  Last week my friend David Rose's company Angelsoft launched a new homepage for their website and I have to say it is one of the coolest homepages I have ever seen.  —  To summarize, Angelsoft is a platform that almost every angel investor group, and many VCs use to manage deal flow.
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Where are your clicks coming from?  (Geographically speaking)  —  A new report is now available in the AdWords Report Center: the Geographic Performance report.  This report provides you with an understanding of the geographic distribution of your impressions, clicks, and conversions down to the ad group level.
Deborah Gage / The Technology Chronicles:
Dell Tries New Software For A New Laptop  —  Dell will preload software on its latest laptop that can only be used online.  The Inspiron Mini 9, expected Thursday, is rumored to be Dell's answer to the cheap, tiny, lightweight Eee PC from ASUS that is best used for working on documents and surfing the Web.
NDS Press Room:
7 Out of 10 People who Own a DVR Say They Can't Live Without It According to NDS Survey  —  Survey Highlights:  —  According to the NDS DVR Report, an international survey of over 1,000 DVR owners:  — Owners rank the DVR the second most essential household technology item they cannot live without, beaten only by the mobile phone
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia, AMD gaming graphics buck green-PC trend  —  There is an ungreen revolution taking place in enthusiast game PC circles.  —  The eye-opening graphics possible on today's game PCs come at a cost: light-dimming power consumption.  The trend, rooted in the perennial quest for more speed …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel ready to announce six-core chip  —  Intel is expected to announce the “Dunnington” processor later this month, the first six-core processor and last of its Penryn-class chips.  —  Intel on September 15 is expected to roll out the Intel Xeon 7400 series Dunnington processor targeted …
MobileBurn.com:
Motorola rolls out the MOTOJEWEL for the ladies  —  Product Launch by Michael Oryl on Wednesday September 03, 2008.  —  Earlier today in the UK, Motorola unveiled its new MOTOJEWEL clamshell handset.  Designed specifically with the female fashionista in mind, the MOTOJEWEL comes …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Multi-Touch Data Fusion Adds Camera, Voice, Force Sensors  —  Apple has been working in new multi-touch technology that combines touch interfaces with input from the camera and the microphone.  For example: this will allow you to select text in the iPhone, say “copy,” …
 
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The Death of the Korean DVD Industry: A Sign of Things to Come in the U.S.?
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