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4:35 PM 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.
BBC:
Google tweaks Chrome licence text  —  Google has rescinded an article of the user agreement for its new browser, Chrome, released on Tuesday.  —  The initial agreement claimed rights over “any Content which you submit, post or display on or through” the browser.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Tips
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Why Chrome is a win-win for Google
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Electronista
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Gap Widens in Online Advertising  —  Rivals Struggle to Catch Up to Google As Buyers Favor Search Ads Over Display  —  Spending on Internet advertising is climbing at a healthy clip — rising 20% in the U.S. in the second quarter — and growth forecasts are strong despite the weak economy.
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
The Great Online Advertising Divide Widens
Discussion: Industry Standard
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Office 2.0: 10 new things you can do in the (Google) cloud  —  Business applications in the Internet cloud are improving at a phenomenal pace, says Matthew Glotzbach, a product management director with Google Enterprise.  Glotzbach just finished giving a short talk at the Office 2. conference …
Discussion: Webware.com
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google's Top 10 Cloud Computing List
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Can Steve Jobs save the iPod?  —  One of the unintended consequences of the success of the iPhone is that it has rendered the classic iPod and its diminutive sisters — the nano and the shuffle — nearly irrelevant.  What do you need a second MP3 player for if you've already got a few hundred tunes in your pocket?
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Arn / MacRumors:
Photo of the 4th Generation iPod Nano?  —  Alibaba, a B2B marketplace, has a photo (via Zollotech) of what appears to be the 4th generation iPod Nano that is expected to be released next week.  —  We can't be for sure if this represents a photo of the actual device, or simply a mockup based …
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Apple Rejecting Apps Based on ‘Limited Utility’  —  One developer emailed this video and rejection letter for their app called Pull My Finger.  Especially concerning is that Apple did not reject it due to it being offensive, but instead rejected it due to “limited utility”:
Discussion: CNET News.com, iLounge and IntoMobile
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast to Appeal FCC Network Management Order  —  Comcast says it has filed an appeal against the Federal Communications Commission's Memorandum and Order on network management adopted August 1, 2008 and released August 20, 2008, in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
CPSC:
Sony Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Nathan Halverson / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
He's giving you access, one document at a time  —  California's building codes, plumbing standards and criminal laws can be found online.  —  But if you want to download and save those laws to your computer, forget it.  —  The state claims copyright to those laws.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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.
Discussion: A VC and Online Dating Insider
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Does Windows Still Matter? … So writes John Gapper, the fine columnist for The Financial Times in today's paper.  Chrome, of course, is Google's new browser, which is pretty explicitly designed to be a Windows killer.  As Mr. Gapper notes, that precise fear — that an Internet browser …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Small Book Publishers Offered New Technology  —  Hundreds of small, independent publishers will have easier access to digital book technology under a new service offered by Perseus Books Group, the result of agreements between it and more than a half-dozen technology companies, Perseus is expected to announce on Thursday.
Discussion: TeleRead and paidContent.org
Eric / Photography Bay:
First Sony A900 Ad Leaked - UPDATED - Now with REAL SPECS  —  This is the first advertisement that I've seen for the Sony A900.  It appears to be legit and coming from a Danish photography magazine.  [via DPR]  —  It looks like there are bubbles in the ad featured with the A900 …
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and 1001 Noisy Cameras
 
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David Pogue / New York Times:
On Internet, You've Got (Paper) Mail
Discussion: Download Squad
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm goes into TA (technical acceptance) at Verizon, delayed 3-4 weeks
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Florida's latest e-voting crisis likely due to human error
Discussion: Techdirt
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Ten leading platforms for creating online communities
Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Unveils xVM VirtualBox 2.0 and New Enterprise Support Subscription
Discussion: eWeek and Virtualization.com
Royal Pingdom:
The major Internet outages so far in 2008
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Docstoc offers simple sync with your hard drive
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
CNET News:
GameSpot review: EA's balancing act with ‘Spore’
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and AppScout
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Apple is looking beyond Multi-Touch
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Stalk your favorite TV characters (legally) with Whrrl
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Obama v. McCain in Online Diplay Ads, Video Views, and Searches
Discussion: WebProNews and TG Daily
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
New LG Blu-ray Player Streams Netflix — With Drawbacks
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Amazon to Sell OLPC XO Laptops From November
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Chrome: A new force for web applications?
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Amazon kills Unbox, brings Video on Demand to life
NBC Universal:
CNBC AND LINKEDIN ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
 

 
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