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11:05 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Works to Perfect Windows Vista  —  An advertising blitz intended to help Microsoft polish the tarnished brand of its Windows Vista operating system began this week with a head-scratcher of a commercial.  —  The ad features Jerry Seinfeld flexing some new shoes, Bill Gates adjusting his shorts and no mention of Vista.
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and Tech Beat
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:   Microsoft tries to explain Seinfeld ad
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.
Discussion:, Hardware 2.0 and Digg
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 now available for download  —  The second developer milestone of the next release of Firefox - code named Shiretoko Alpha 2 - is now available for download.  Shiretoko is built on pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.1 platform, which forms the core of rich internet applications such as Firefox.
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Slashdot
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
Rafe Needleman /
A user guide to following DemoFall and TechCrunch50  —  On Monday, September 8, two major product launch shows kick off: DemoFall in San Diego, and TechCrunch50 in San Francisco.  There will be more than 100 products officially announced at these conferences, and we'll be covering the best …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Are Demo and TechCrunch50 fragmenting their audiences?
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
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC dumps Microsoft Silverlight after Olympics  —  NBC streamed all its videos using Microsoft's Silverlight backend tech, but the network dumped Microsoft before last night's NFL kickoff — streamed live over and — opting to use Adobe Flash instead.  Why?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Maximizing Profits Doesn't Mean Screwing Your Customers  —  A few years back, we wrote a post debunking the ridiculous notion spread by some that Craigslist was somehow “anti-capitalist” or not “maximizing profits” because it actually offered most of its services for free.
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Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Sun Upgrades Desktop Virtual Machine, Gains Traction On Macs
Chris Williams / The Register:
Police quiz BT on secret Phorm trials
Discussion: broadstuff and p2pnet
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 …
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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
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What went wrong with Joost's desktop client?
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Twitter added nofollow to “www.” links in their Bio field
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Crimeware giants form botnet tag team
Discussion: eWeek
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Twitter's Corporate Users Get A New Marketing Tool
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