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2:55 PM ET, September 8, 2008


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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple looks to revive that special event magic  —  Other than football fans, there are probably few people in America happier to see the month of September than Apple executives.  —  Apple will look to put the last six weeks behind it with the expected launch of new iPods this week during …
Discussion: Crave and's design blog
Kevin Rose:
Predictions for tomorrow's Apple event  —  It's been a couple weeks, so I thought I'd do a little roundup of my predictions/rumors:  — New design for the iPod Nano (this one)  — iPod price reductions  — 2.1 software on iPod Touch  — iTunes 8.0  — New audio visualization (this one)
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
New E-Newspaper Reader Echoes Look of the Paper  —  The Plastic Logic reader, left, has a screen the size of a sheet of paper for a copy machine.  Center, Sony's eReader; right,'s Kindle.  The Plastic Logic device, which is yet to be named, can be updated wirelessly and store hundreds of pages of documents.
Punit Soni / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time  —  For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint — from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores.  Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Announcing The TechCrunch50 Finalists  —  We've gone through more than 1,000 companies to get down to the final 50 (okay, 52) that will present on stage at TechCrunch50 starting later this morning.  We will be covering all of the companies as they present onstage or shortly after.
Discussion: Tech Beat and Scobleizer
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google makes waves and may have solved the data center conundrum  —  Google is pondering a floating data center that could be powered and cooled by the ocean.  These offshore data centers could sit 3 to 7 miles offshore and reside in about 50 to 70 meters of water.
Peter S Magnusson:
Apple TV 3.0 with Blu-ray and HD tuner (I wish)  —  Rumors swirling around Apple's “Let's Rock” event this coming Tuesday generally focus on an expected fourth-generation iPod Nano (roundier and with a bigger screen), iTunes 8.0, iPhone 2.1 software, Mac OS X support for BluRay, and other tidbits.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Tuning in to Apple TV 3.0
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Zillow, newspaper consortium launch ad network  —, which in November 2007 teamed up with a consortium of newspapers to carry their listings on its real-estate site, has now expanded that deal to include the sale of ads on each other's sites.  —  Under the Zillow Advertising Network agreement …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Ashton Kutcher's Web Video Show: Blah Girls  —  I'm at the TechCrunch50 conference right now, where Ashton Kutcher is presenting his web startup.  Not only is this one a celebrity-driven startup, but it's about celebrities.  It's an animated web video show with interactive elements called Blah Girls.
Discussion: Bits,, AppScout and Digital Dish
Craig Stoltz / Web 2.Oh. . .really?:
Rick Sanchez Debuts Twitter on TV  —  Today at 3 p.m. EST, CNN's promiscuous social media adopter Rick Sanchez debuts a TV show called Rick Sanchez Direct.  —  This may be of some cultural significance, in that that the program appears to be about/from/in/around [insert your favorite preposition] Twitter.
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily and WebProNews
Brad Stone / New York Times:
RealNetworks to Introduce a DVD Copier  —  People have been avidly feeding music CDs into their computers for years, ripping digital copies of albums and transferring the files to their other computers and mobile devices.  —  This has not happened nearly as much with DVDs, for both practical and legal reasons.
Gartner Says Worldwide Smartphone Sales Grew 16 Per Cent in Second Quarter of 2008  —  Japan Saw 24 Per Cent Decline While North America Remained Fastest-Growing Market  —  Worldwide smartphone sales totalled 32.2 million units in the second quarter of 2008, a 15.7 per cent increase …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
DEMO: Meet Alcatel-Lucent's Services Play  —  While DEMO is primarily a showcase platform for standalone startups, well-established companies launch products there too.  This year Alcatel-Lucent has brought an internal startup pushing an RFID tag reading system called tikitag that aims to bridge the online and digital worlds.
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility  —  Fail and You Last week, Google released a web browser called Chrome, and the online tech media had a powerful Googasm.  We were long overdue for another climax like this, having been lightly stimulated with half-baked Google web products in the four years since GMail was released.
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
Intel releases pricing, details on solid-state drives  —  Less than a month ago, Intel announced its line of solid-state hard drives.  We didn't have much information at the time, other than a model number and a few benchmarks provided by Intel, but we're pleased to officially announce the X25-M …
Mark Desanto / Ars Technica:
Intelligently designed?  Ars reviews Spore  —  12 years later... we're playing Spore  —  With Spore, Will Wright intends to make you an Intergalactic Galactic ruler who begins life as a bottom-feeding primordial soup dweller.  When I first saw the game back in early 2006 I wondered …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
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