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12:30 PM ET, September 6, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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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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.
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: Webware.com, ZDNet.com.au and Digg
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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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Danish File-Sharers Not Responsible For Wi-Fi Theft  —  Two Danish women taken to court by IFPI affiliates for sharing music were found to be innocent.  The two claimed they were the victim of WiFi theft, had no knowledge of the alleged infringements and therefore shouldn't have to pay the damages.
Discussion: DSLreports
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC dumps Microsoft Silverlight after Olympics  —  NBC streamed all its NBCOlympics.com videos using Microsoft's Silverlight backend tech, but the network dumped Microsoft before last night's NFL kickoff — streamed live over NBCSports.com and NFL.com — opting to use Adobe Flash instead.  Why?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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 …
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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 …
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
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Police quiz BT on secret Phorm trials
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Brad Nicholson / Destructoid:
Europeans locked out of Spore, EA working on a patch
Discussion: Kotaku and The Register
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