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5:45 PM ET, September 10, 2008

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Crave at CNET UK:
Photos: Hands-on with the new Apple iPod classic  —  We're huge fans of the iPod classic.  When you rip all your CDs in Apple Lossless format, have about 30 podcast subscriptions, an archive of music videos, and insist on carrying the whole lot around with you, the 160GB model is the only way to go.
Discussion: PR Newswire, MacRumors and Engadget
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Let's Snooze: Apple Rebounds Slightly After iPod Refresh
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Gets an External Microphone?
Discussion: The Apple Core and MacUser
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple Event Fails to Dazzle
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo and PC World
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Carriers begin to believe in data revenue, as Android's puzzle pieces come together  —  Carriers have long worried that they'll be relegated to being “dumb pipes” as more developers churn out applications for mobile phones.  But some new figures are now making those carriers change their stance …
Discussion: PC World, Reuters, CNET News and Gearlog
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo announces social networking app for iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Yahoo on Wednesday released a preview version of a free new iPhone application called OneConnect that can centralize communications and social-networking activity.  —  “OneConnect allows everybody to keep connected to the persons they care about.
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Brings a Social Address Book to the iPhone
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Face(book)lifts All Around!  And A Bit of Botox for AOL Too!  —  Although about one-third of its user base-30 million people-has already switched over to its new design, which has been opt-in since July, Facebook will now officially start to move the entire site and the other 70 million Facebookers.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook rolls out new redesign, 2.5 million users are already protesting
Discussion: CNET News and All Facebook
Wall Street Journal:
UAL Story Blame Is Placed on Computer  —  Events Remain Murky, But Automated Search, Trades Played Roles  —  As Tribune Co. and Google Inc. pointed fingers at each other over the glitch that cratered UAL Corp.'s stock Monday, blame spread to the computers that robotically troll the Web …
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PR Newswire:
Tribune Findings on United Airlines Story From December 2002
Senator Herb Kohl:
KOHL CALLS ON CELL PHONE COMPANIES TO JUSTIFY RISING TEXTING RATES  —  In Three Years, Text Message Charges Have Doubled for Wireless Customers  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Today, US Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, asked the presidents and chief executive officers …
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
VideoSurf: New, Genuinely Radical Video Search  —  I'm generally not given to hyperbole or breathless enthusiasm when writing about a new search service.  Quite the opposite, in fact—over the decade I've covered search I've seen so many so-called “radically new” approaches that are simply updates …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Email becomes a dangerous distraction  —  Back in the early 1990s, email was a privilege granted only to those who could prove they needed it.  Now it has turned into a nuisance that's costing companies millions.  We may feel that we have it under control, but not only do we check email …
Discussion: Negative Approach and Slashdot
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
SlingCatcher and Slingbox PRO-HD Available for Pre-Order  —  Well lookee here, both Sling Media's SlingCatcher and Slingbox PRO-HD are now available for pre-order (!) from Amazon and SlingMedia.com at $299.99 each.  While there's no shipping date, I presume either would arrive in time for a holiday a delivery.
Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the First BlackBerry Flip Phone  —  New BlackBerry Pearl Flip Brings The Industry's Leading Mobile Messaging Solution To Consumers Who Prefer Flip Phones  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) today unveiled the BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone …
comScore:
YouTube Draws 5 Billion U.S. Online Video Views in July 2008  —  Americans Watch 558 Million Hours of Online Video During the Month, According to comScore Video Metrix  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released July 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Fotonauts crafts Wikipedia for photos  —  An estimated 500 million images are captured every day, but less than 5 percent end up on major photo sharing sites.  Uploading photos is not the easiest task and most photos are locked into a specific photo sharing service and have all rights reserved licenses.
Discussion: TechCrunch and bub.blicio.us
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IDC Sees Low-Cost Notebooks Driving Worldwide PC Shipments  —  While the U.S. economy is continuing its year-long struggle, low-cost laptops such as the Asus Eee PC, the HP Mini-Note and other low-cost notebooks from Lenovo, Acer and Dell are continuing to keep the worldwide PC market growing at double digits.
Discussion: Bits and DailyTech
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is Apple's Genius a music subscription service in disguise?  —  Getting hold of a big database of peoples' music tastes would be a great way to sell more music, don't you think?  Continue reading...  Microsoft previews work-anywhere BlueTrack mice  —  It's not often you see Microsoft trumpeting …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban: “When I die, I want to come back as me”  —  To round out the day's schedule at TechCrunch50, Jason Calacanis interviewed Mark Cuban, the founder Broadcast.com, HDNet, and several other companies.  He has also been an angel investor for several startups including SlideShare …
Discussion: Valleywag
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Takes Another Jab at Developers  —  Many developers were surprised this morning to find out about the new header that is now showing up on Facebook.  Facebook was first testing the headerlast night and it went live within hours of us first writing about it.
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces launch dates for Xperia™ X1  —  Sony Ericsson today announces 30 September 2008 as the official launch date for the highly anticipated Xperia™ X1 - initially available to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden.  The handset will be available …
The Official Google Blog:
More eye candy for iGoogle  —  In case you're looking for some more personality to add to your iGoogle page, we've just launched a fresh collection of iGoogle artist themes — an ongoing project we launched in April for which we invited world-class artists to design dynamic themes for your iGoogle homepage.
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: 3 experiments with labels  —  Since launching our first batch of 13 Gmail Labs features, we've received a lot of suggestions for more experimental features you'd like to see — plus, we've had some of our own ideas.  Today, there's a new batch of labs features to play with.
 
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The Official Google Blog:
The future of search … I am a search addict.
Discussion: InformationWeek
Carleen Hawn / GigaOM:
5 Reasons to Move Your Startup Out of Silicon Valley
Discussion: Xconomy
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Flickr revamp spotlights photos, social features
Discussion: Flickr Blog
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
ATI launches new HD 4000 series at sub-$100 prices
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and AMD
Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Smartphones gobbling up ever more market share
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Sanjay Nayar / Portalblog:
Yahoo, GMail and Hotmail on AOL.com??!!
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Boomers Get Hip to This Crazy ‘Internet Video’ Stuff
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Amilo Mini Netbook. Coffee Shop Encounter And Hands-On.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP Shows Off 10-inch Netbook. The Next Mini-Note?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Blogger's Arrest Resulted In Much More Downloading Of GNR Music
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
Sprint first to offer HTC Touch Pro
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
iTunes 8 Causing Huge Problems, BSOD for Vista Users
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