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1:50 PM ET, September 8, 2008

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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, Amazon.com's Kindle.  The Plastic Logic device, which is yet to be named, can be updated wirelessly and store hundreds of pages of documents.
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 …
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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)
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.
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Google's Search Goes Out to Sea
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Zillow, newspaper consortium launch ad network  —  Zillow.com, 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 …
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Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Zillow, Newspapers Expand Consortium Agreement
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Screenwerk
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: Scobleizer
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 and Apple 2.0
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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Webware.com
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 …
Discussion: Beet.TV, The Inquisitr and Fitz & Jen
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Big Marketers Challenge Google-Yahoo Deal  —  Trade Group Calls for Justice Department To Block Planned Search-Ad Partnership  —  Some of the country's biggest marketers are rallying to oppose an advertising deal between Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., as the Justice Department considers whether to go to court to block the agreement.
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Scoble Says “Everything Sucks”.  A Bit Over The Top But Not Untrue  —  Over the weekend, Robert Scoble got a bunch of people pissed off by suggesting that all the companies demoing at DemoFall 08, or at least all the companies' websites, suck.  Now I do have at least some experience with analyzing suckage …
Discussion: HackingCough
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
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, Gizmodo and Electronista
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Give Away Upgraded Hyper-V Software  —  Microsoft is set to release over the next 30 days an upgraded version of its Hyper-V technology for free, upping the game in the virtualization sector as it chases VMware.  —  Hyper-V, released in June, is included in most versions of Windows Server 2008.
 
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings iPhone, toothbrush, to Best Buy stores
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Cut Web Advertising In August While McCain Doubled Down
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
IBM Launches 30 New Data Storage Products
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New satellite to give Google Maps unprecedented resolution
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Critical Vulnerability Patched in Google's Chrome
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Say Where brings voice recognition to iPhone apps
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Apple admit Briton DID invent iPod, but he's still not getting any money
 

 
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