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11:55 PM ET, September 6, 2008

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Startups: your web site sucks  —  I visited each website from the list of Demo finalists.  —  Boy, do they suck.  Really, really suck.  —  Does no one understand how to market themselves?  —  It's amazing to me that not a single Demo website has learned from the lessons of Gary Vaynerchuk's Winelibrary.tv.
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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.
Discussion: Coop's Corner and Scobleizer
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 Own 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  —  VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A super-sharp Earth-imaging satellite has been launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Central California coast.  —  A Delta 2 rocket carrying the GeoEye-1 satellite lifted off at 11:50 a.m. Saturday.
Discussion: Mashable! and Boing Boing
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.
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
NBC Dumps Silverlight for NFL Streaming?  Hardly  —  Today, Valleywag tried to string two separate events and some made-up facts together to spin the yarn that NBC was not happy with the performance of Silverlight on NBCOlympics.com, and dumped the technology for Flash for their new NFL streaming site.
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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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Vimeo Launches Vimeo Toys - Interactive Video Discovery  —  NY-based video hosting service Vimeo has announced the launch of “Vimeo Toys”.  Vimeo Toys are discovery applications to check out the latest videos and activity on the Vimeo service.  —  Vimeo Toys is launching with two apps: Vimeo Land and Pulse.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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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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: Caller IP, Inquirer and Gearlog
 
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
How to Handle ‘IHateYourCompany.com’
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gawker
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
isoHunt Sues the CRIA to Legalize BitTorrent Sites
Discussion: Listening Post, p2pnet and Digg
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Chrome's JavaScript challenge to Silverlight
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Danish File-Sharers Not Responsible For Wi-Fi Theft
Discussion: DSLreports
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 now available for download
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Gillmor Gang talks Google Chrome
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
Chris Williams / The Register:
Police quiz BT on secret Phorm trials
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
So Much Hate For Microsoft's Seinfeld/Gates Buddy Ad
Discussion: Mark Evans
Brad Nicholson / Destructoid:
Europeans locked out of Spore, EA working on a patch
Discussion: Kotaku and The Register