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3:15 PM ET, September 6, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
On iTunes 8 and hunches; also iPhone 2.1 for Tuesday  —  On Friday, we posted a short roundup of what's expected in iTunes 8 thanks to the rumortastic stylings of Kevin Rose.  The Pandora-like Genius feature, Genius Sidebar, Grid view, and more are all said to be included.
Discussion: MacRumors and Gizmodo
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:, 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
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?
KathrynV / DSLreports:
T-Mobile's First HSDPA Handset Goes Live - As carrier continues to expand its 3G network  —  When it was announced that the Google Android platform would launch with the HTC Dream on T-Mobile s network, many eyebrows were raised at the choice to go with a carrier that has such a small 3G footprint.
Discussion: Inquirer, Gearlog and Boy Genius Report
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
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
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
Suzanne Tindal / CNET
Chrome's JavaScript challenge to Silverlight  —  SYDNEY—The biggest rival for Microsoft's next-generation Silverlight Web technology will be JavaScript, not Adobe Systems' ubiquitous Flash, according to experts speaking at Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference here.
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