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8:25 AM ET, September 6, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod nano 4G leaked in actual, factual, really-real spy photo  —  Look, you know the drill here.  This may be the painstaking result of some CAD-school-dropout's nights home alone, or the latest in cheapo knock-offs from the Far East.  You may be looking at a Photoshop spackled together …
Discussion: TUAW, MacRumors and Digg
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MacNN:
iPod nano 4G photo, details [new orig photo]  —  MacNN can confirm the existence of the fourth-generation iPod nano and has obtained a verified authentic photo of the Apple music player.  The device exactly matches claims by Digg founder Kevin Rose of a tall, tapered design and is enclosed …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
So Much Hate For Microsoft's Seinfeld/Gates Buddy Ad  —  from the what's-wrong-with-it?  dept  —  I wasn't going to comment on Microsoft's new ad campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates buddying around, but the response among the press and bloggers is almost universally negative …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Are Demo and TechCrunch50 fragmenting their audiences? … Update, 12:36 p.m. PDT: Business Week now says it is planning to send a reporter from its print side to DemoFall to complement the online reporter it is sending to the TechCrunch50.  —  If you're a fan of high-tech product announcements, next week could well be heaven for you.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
A user guide to following DemoFall and TechCrunch50
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screenshots And Video Of The New Joost  —  So much for Joost's carefully prepared plans to release a browser version of their TV over IP service later this month.  News leaked this morning that Joost would be abandoning their year old XUL based desktop client in favor of a browser based service that's more like Hulu and YouTube.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
What went wrong with Joost's desktop client?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SitePoint Blogs
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft's video game console woes  —  When his fourth Xbox 360 video game console died in April, Chris Szarek wasn't surprised.  —  The Chicopee, Mass. gamer was accustomed to the hardware failures that became known throughout the Internet as RROD …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited, Kotaku and Slashdot
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 alpha 2 officially released  —  Mozilla has officially announced the availability of the second Firefox 3.1 alpha.  This release includes support for the highly-anticipated HTML 5 “video” element and a handful of other features that move the browser forward.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Microsoft Missing the Boat on Mobile?  —  Yesterday's Microsoft Watch had an incisive article about Microsoft's failure to compete in the mobile phone marketplace.  Echoing my own assertions that Microsoft's obsessive focus on competition with Google in search is a massive distraction …
Discussion: eWeek
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Gillmor Gang talks Google Chrome  —  The Gillmor Gang talked with Google Chrome's Group Product Manager Brian Rakowski and Tech Lead Ben Goodger.  The conversation focused mostly on the open source fundamentals of the new browser project.  Rakowski and Goodger have both been with the project since …
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Brave New World of Digital Intimacy  —  On Sept. 5, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way that Facebook worked, and in the process he inspired a revolt.  —  Zuckerberg, a doe-eyed 24-year-old C.E.O., founded Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard two years earlier, and the site quickly amassed nine million users.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Analyst braces clients for “underwhelming” Apple event  —  American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu put out a call to clients on Friday, saying they should be prepared for a slight letdown at Apple's event next Tuesday unless chief executive Steve Jobs pulls a rabbit from his black turtleneck.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Infinite Loop
Chris Williams / The Register:
Police quiz BT on secret Phorm trials  —  RIPA?  Never heard of it officer...  City of London police questioned BT earlier this week as part of a probe into the covert wiretapping and profiling of the internet use of tens of thousands of BT customers during tests of Phorm's adware system.
Discussion: broadstuff and p2pnet
Alana Taylor / MediaShift:
Old Thinking Permeates Major Journalism School  —  “Nowadays it's essential for journalists to blog,” says Professor Mary Quigley to a class of 16 NYU journalism students.  The class is titled “Reporting Gen Y (a.k.a. Quarterlifers),” and it's one of the few NYU undergrad journalism classes that focuses on new media.
Brad Nicholson / Destructoid:
Europeans locked out of Spore, EA working on a patch  —  Europeans may have initially got excited when it was announced that Spore would hit their side of the pond first.  Now, on release day, all might not seem so great.  According to Eurogamer, some Spore users are having issues logging in to the online portion of the game.
Discussion: Kotaku and The Register
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC dumps Microsoft Silverlight after Olympics
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Maximizing Profits Doesn't Mean Screwing Your Customers
Simon Owens / MediaShift:
Digg Puts Focus on Politics, Bringing Charges of Liberal Bias
Discussion: Digg
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Says Employees Have No Expectation Of Privacy For Stuff …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
426,487 Reasons Why Metatags Still Matter (In Court)—Venture Tape v. McGills
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A hands-on overview of the Access Linux Platform
Discussion: TeleRead and Digg
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Twitter added nofollow to “www.” links in their Bio field
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Dailymotion Partners with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Crimeware giants form botnet tag team
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter's Corporate Users Get A New Marketing Tool
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Scott / UKMac.net:
iPod Touch and iPhone Slow Synching Problem Fixed
Kaj Arnö:
The rumours on Monty resigning
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
First impressions of the Nokia N96, plus photo samples
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Valleywag mangles Marc Andreessen, and we think he likes it
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
10 Computers & 10 Users
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
How Search Will Revolutionize Social Networking