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12:35 PM ET, September 7, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Everyone Needs To Calm Down  —  I haven't had a lot of time to jump into the fracas this weekend emerging about TechCrunch50 because the team has been busy organizing the conference, working with the Expert Panelists on scheduling issues and spending hours and hours working with the 52 startups …
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Chrisshipley / The Guidewire:
Shoddy Reporting, Invective, and Arrogance.  Yeah, I Want Some of That  —  One.  Two.  Three.  Four.  Five.  Six.  Seven.  Eight.  Nine.  Ten.  —  As I was growing up, my mother instructed me that, when I got angry or frustrated, to count to ten before saying anything.
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
O'Brien: What's next for TechCrunch's Michael Arrington?  —  Michael Arrington emerges at mid-morning from the bedroom of the house he rents in Atherton and wanders down a hallway past a handful of his employees already busy posting the scoops and analysis that have made his TechCrunch blog …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
At the TechCrunch50, an unfair advantage?  —  It stands to reason that TechCrunch the blog will have an unfair advantage in covering the TechCrunch50 event.  The same team produces both products, and the company has put a gag order on companies accepted to present on stage.
Discussion: High-Tech PR Blog
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Breaking News: Satellite to Gather Exclusive Images for Google Earth Blasts off in California...Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Launch  —  VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA — A Delta 2 rocket carrying a GeoEye satellite lifted off at 11:50 a.m. PDT today.  The imaging satellite will provide mapping exclusively to Google.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google Says: We'll Get Our Own Data, Thanks  —  Not content to lease data from others who have satellites, Google today launched its own satellite into space.  Via BeetTv, thanks Andy.  —  Talk about web meets world....this is yet another indicator of the integration of virtual and physical.
Associated Press:
High-resolution satellite launched in California
Discussion: Boing Boing and Mashable!
Randall Stross / New York Times:
How Many Reviewers Should Be in the Kitchen?  —  FOR polar or lunar exploration, we are an intrepid species, eagerly vying with one another to be first.  But we're not so brave when it comes to being the first to buy a particular product or service.  We much prefer letting someone else go on ahead and report back.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
NBC Drops Silverlight, Runs Back to Adobe for Flash  —  NBC seems to be having a change of heart this week.  The network recently wrapped up their streaming of the Olympics using Microsoft's Silverlight technology.  However if you tuned in for this week's NFL season opener …
Discussion: Mashable!, DSLreports and Valleywag
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
NBC Dumps Silverlight for NFL Streaming? Hardly
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google at 10: Larry, Sergey & Me  —  It is not clear how old Google is - some argue that world's largest search engine operator is 13 - after all it operated in stealth for about 3 years before launching in September 1998.  Many major news organizations are going with September 2008 as the tenth anniversary so I am going to play along.
Discussion: Forbes
Larry Shaughnessy / CNN:
CIA, FBI push ‘Facebook for spies’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — When you see people at the office using such Internet sites as Facebook and MySpace, you might suspect those workers are slacking off.  —  But that's not the case at the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency …
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Planning Offshore Data Barges  —  In a startling new take on data center engineering, Google has filed a patent for a “water-based data center” that uses the ocean to provide power and cooling.  The patent also confirms Google's development of a container-based data center, describing …
Discussion: Slashdot
John Cox / PC World:
Wi-Fi Nets Come to Vehicles  —  You could think of this as the Tarzan protocol for Wi-Fi.  The goal is to improve interactive Wi-Fi connections dramatically for moving vehicles.  —  Dubbed “Vi-Fi,” the protocol lets Wi-Fi clients keep in touch with several access points at once.
Discussion: DSLreports
 
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