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5:20 AM ET, September 10, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Did Apple advance music discovery?
Discussion: TUAW and Crave
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple yields to NBC Universal on price, packaging
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's 'Let's Rock' event in San Francisco
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Investors Sell On iPod News: Stock Down 4.5%
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 …
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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 …
Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Nike+ Only Works With 2nd Gen iPod Touch, Not iPhone or 1st Gen iTouch
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 …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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New York Times:
U.S. May Be Preparing Antitrust Suit in Google-Yahoo Partnership  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Is the Justice Department preparing to challenge a high-profile advertising partnership between Google and Yahoo?  —  That was the question being debated from Washington to Silicon Valley on Tuesday …
Discussion: Inquirer, Googling Google, GMSV and Techland
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 …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
VideoSurf Launches Way Cool Visual Video Search  —  Every once in a while it's fun to get something right!  I wrote about VideoSurf here a month ago based on what I could drag up about the company after hearing about it at a party.  The startup, I found out, is led by computer vision experts …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils World's Most Advanced Tracking Technology  —  Microsoft's proprietary BlueTrack Technology sets new industry standard, surpasses optical and laser to track on virtually any surface.  —  REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 9, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the world's …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Facebook unveils new look with a new approach  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Since he started Facebook in college 4 1/2 years ago, Mark Zuckerberg has learned — sometimes painfully — that he can't make significant changes to the popular online hangout without triggering an uproar among indignant users who preferred the status quo.
Discussion: Mashable!
Joe Keiser / Edge Online:
Censors Force Fallout 3 Changes  —  Speaking to Edge, Bethesda has explained what it calls a “misconception” regarding the classification of Fallout 3 in the Australian region.  Edge has also learned that due to concerns and issues raised in the process of international classification …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
TC50: Tag real-world objects with Sekai Camera's iPhone tool from the future  —  Tonchidot just revealed its Sekai Camera, a system for using online data to navigate the real-world, at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.  I thought this was incredibly cool, and the audience agreed …
Discussion: Asiajin, PC Magazine and TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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BBC:
Copyright row dogs Spore release
Discussion: TechnoLlama and PS3 Fanboy
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile officially announces the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 aka KickStart  —  It's been rumored for months and today RIM finally made the KickStart official, but now it's being called the Pearl 8220.  It does everything we've all grown to love from our candybar BlackBerries, but now it's a flip phone!
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
New YouTube Tool Helps Increase Viewing of Videos  —  HotSpots Feature Tracks When Audience Watches  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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 …
Nick Breckon / *Shacknews* Games:
Rumor: Halo Wars Dev Ensemble Shutting Down, Non-essential Employees Already Axed (Updated)  —  Update: Microsoft has confirmed its plans to close Ensemble.  —  Original Story: Shacknews has learned via multiple independent reports that developer Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live: Twenty Questions For The Venture Capitalists At TechCrunch50  —  Erick Schonfeld and Mark Pincus just took the stage at TechCrunch50 to ask twenty (or so) questions to top venture capitalists, most of which were submitted by readers.  Sumant Mandal (Clearstone Venture Partners) …
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
 
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