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9:50 PM ET, September 9, 2008


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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPod Touch Second Generation Rocks Our Socks Off  —  The new iPod touch is out.  It has a new design: chrome rim, with a tapered back similar to the iPhone, but thinner.  It now includes external volume controls as well.  It also has Nike+ integrated with no transmitter needed …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
“Funnest” iPod ever: photos of the new iPod touch  —  You've seen the nano pictures, so here are the new iPod touch photos.  The device is indeed more iPhone-like with a more curved back.  The volume controls are in the same place as the iPhone and work well, and the speakers sound …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple event: A few extra details you didn't get (Updated)  —  By now, you've already heard about what was announced during this morning's Apple Event: Let's Rock.  New iPod nanos, new iPod touches, price drops, iPhone/iPod touch 2.1, iTunes 8, oh my!  And, if you've been paying attention to Infinite Loop …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacUser
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Apple launches iTunes 8, NBC comes back, TV shows at $1.99, Genius in the house  —  Just in time for couch season, Apple has busted out iTunes 8 with a slew of new features, like the Genius sidebar.  Also, NBC is back on board with its lineup of TV shows.  According to Jobs …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple rocks out, announces new iPods, iTunes 8  —  At the latest in what is becoming an annual September event for Apple, the company today announced a number of new products in time for the holiday rush.  We covered the Steve Jobs' “Let's Rock” keynote live in San Francisco …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs Talks New iPods, Health: My One On One  —  Steve Jobs is healthy, was taken by surprise by all the speculation about his health swirling around him after his last public appearance in June, and says while he could “stand to gain 10 or 15 pounds,” he's doing just fine.
Discussion: PC World, The iPhone Blog and Crave
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Q&A: Microsoft president defends Zune strategy  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPod's continued dominance today as he unveiled the latest refresh of the portable media players.  The news came a day after Microsoft showed its new Zune lineup — the third generation in the Redmond company's attempt to challenge Apple's position.
Discussion: and Apple
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Official: iPod nano reaches 4G, looks tall for its age  —  Well well.  Can't say we're surprised to be telling you about the new 4th generation iPod nano.  As we heard, 9 colors, bigger $149 8GB and $199 16GB capacity, and wider display under the control of an accelerometer …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Did Apple advance music discovery?  —  Everybody knows what it's like to hear really good songs back-to-back only to lose that good vibe when the third tune is a dud.  —  Apple says it can help you stay in your groove with its Genius.  —  On Tuesday, Apple launched an upgraded iTunes …
Discussion: TUAW and DVICE
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's 'Let's Rock' event in San Francisco
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model
Discussion: WinExtra and TG Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Investors Sell On iPod News: Stock Down 4.5%
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple App Store: Over 100,000,000 downloads in 60 days
Discussion: PC World, Todd Watson and CNET News
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Introduces New iPod nano
Discussion: Podcasting News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Fitness Gadget Aims to Help Users Lose Weight  —  Using the Fitbit Tracker is like having a personal trainer, nutritionist and sleep doctor attached to your hip at all times.  —  The gadget, unveiled Tuesday at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, tracks your health minute-to-minute …
Bob Walsh /
Fitbit will get you off the couch
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
New YouTube Tool Helps Increase Viewing of Videos  —  HotSpots Feature Tracks When Audience Watches  —  NEW YORK ( — Every minute, 10 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.  While that figure is a source of pride for the Google-owned video-sharing site, for marketers …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Livestream: Day 2  —  We'll be streaming TechCrunch50 here Monday through Wednesday so everyone can see the conference's demos for themselves as they happen.  —  You can also find our written coverage of the conference here and coverage from other news outlets below.
Mendel Rosenblum, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at VMware, resigns  — just received a confirmation from a trusted source: VMware co-founder and Chief Scientist Mendel Rosenblum resigned.  —  His wife, Diane Greene, that founded the company with him and led it as CEO since 1998 …
Discussion: Docu-Drama and BetaNews
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
In D.C. antitrust circles, how Google became the hunted  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Denver two weeks ago.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News)  —  About this time a decade ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was praying that the U.S. Justice Department …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Day One Recap TechCrunch50  —  What a day. 1,700 people streamed into the San Francisco Design Center at 9 am on Monday morning to help launch the first group of 52 startups at TechCrunch50.  Dozens more startups were camped out in the demopit.  —  First, the bad news.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMOfall 08: Microstaq shows micro-machined chip that can cut air-conditioning costs  —  Air-conditioning seemed an unlikely topic at the DEMOfall 08 conference.  But cutting the cost of air-conditioning is one of the applications of a new chip from Microstaq.  Needless to say, it was cool.
Discussion: Techland, Earth2Tech and Jon Udell
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Ignored The Warnings; Now Getting Slammed For Spore's DRM  —  Back in May, we wrote about an uproar in the gamer community over EA's decision to include some incredibly cumbersome DRM on some new games, including the highly anticipated Spore.  That story got a ton of comments and plenty …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air owners find latest Apple fix producing mixed results  —  Users of Apple's ultraportable Mac are increasingly reporting that a firmware update might be taming processor usage, but is still leaving many of their systems too hot to use and prone to software freezes.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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