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12:05 PM ET, September 9, 2009

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Damian Koh / CNET News:
Apple iPod touch G3 and nano G5 leaked?  —  Looks like third-party accessories maker Cygnett has stolen the thunder from Apple by unveiling new casings for the iPod touch G3 and iPod nano G5.  What?  You haven't heard of these two iPods before?  Well, that's because they haven't been announced, not officially anyway.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Great Expectations Of An Apple Event  —  It's the night before an Apple event.  You know, the time just before the Apple Store being down sends ripples of excitement through the blogosphere.  Now's a time for one last reflection on the finalized rumors laid out in the past several hours.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Incredible Shrinking iPod Prices Undercut The Zune HD  —  We're still hours away from Apple's event today in San Francisco, but that apparently hasn't stopped the company from releasing some changes in its own store.  The main thing to note is the prices of the various iPod lines, especially the iPod touch.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple slashes iPod prices up to $120  —  In an early-morning teaser, Apple (AAPL) has chopped $20 to $120 off the prices of most of its iPod line.  —  The new prices were posted only hours before a special music event at which Apple is expected to replace most if not all of its existing iPods …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Daring Fireball
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's Only Rock and Roll Event Prelude  —  The word is that Apple's “secrecy machine” has been kicked back into high gear ever since you-know-who returned from you-know-what.  Anecdotal evidence backs that up: I've heard very little about tomorrow's “It's Only Rock and Roll” event.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The Palm Pixi is official, headed to Sprint this holiday season — we've got hands-on and video!  —  The Palm Pixi has officially arrived, and if you're an avid reader of Engadget (you'd better be), this device should look a little bit familiar to you.  We first broke specs and images of the phone …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Palm Pixi Hands On: The Smaller Pre With A Better Keyboard and No Wi-Fi
Discussion: CIO.com
AT&T:
AT&T to Make Faster 3G Technology Available in Six Major Cities This Year  —  Rollout of New Technology - HSPA 7.2 - Matched by Backhaul Deployment to Cell Sites to Support Surging Mobile Broadband Demand Throughout Evolution to 4G
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Snubs New York And San Francisco On 3G Upgrades  —  Don't count on getting the network speed boost your new iPhone 3GS is supposed to provide — until next year at the earliest — if you live in iPhone meccas New York or San Francisco.  —  AT&T announced new details on its network upgrade plans today …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Finally Marries SMS And Email  —  A long requested feature of Google Voice was a simple one: forward inbound text messages to email.  Google Voice users get voicemails auto-transcribed and emailed to them, but text messages were not.  Users can read and respond to them online …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter And The Revenue Dilemma  —  One thing every venture capitalist knows but rarely talks about is the “revenue problem” with hot startups.  When a startup is “growing like gangbusters” as Twitter cofounder Biz Stone told Bloomberg today, they tend to get a lot of attention from suitors.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and Dealscape
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Twitter to Generate Revenue as Site Grows Like ‘Gangbusters,’ Stone Says  —  Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc., the Web site that lets people post 140-character messages, plans to add services for businesses that will generate revenue in the fourth quarter, co-founder Biz Stone said.
AT&T:
AT&T Customers Enjoy Unlimited Calling to Their A-List  —  New Feature for Qualifying Plans Offers Unlimited Calling to Domestic Phone Numbers, Combined with Rollover Lets Users Keep the Minutes They Save
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
TweetDeck adds MySpace support, directory of Twitter users  —  I just got off the phone with TweetDeck founder and former one-man team Iain Dodsworth.  In 2007, Dodsworth got sick of single-column Twitter clients and wrote his own application that took the complete opposite approach.
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Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:   Tweetdeck Keeps Trying to Move Beyond Twitter
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre falls to $149.99 on Sprint  —  Nothing like the announcement of a new webOS device to spur a price drop on the first, is there?  The Palm Pre — which has held steady at the $199.99 on-contract price it launched at back in June — has finally taken a rumored $50 dip down to $149.99.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Avid launches consumer versions of Pro Tools audio editing suite  —  Pro Tools is something of an industry standard when it comes to digital audio editing.  Sure, there are other applications for Windows, Mac, or Linux that are cheaper, or which can do many of the same things.
Discussion: Macworld
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
US Government To Embrace OpenID, Courtesy Of Google, Yahoo, PayPal Et Al.  —  During the video interview with OpenID evangelist Chris Messina I recorded earlier this year at a German conference about the state of OpenID, he expressed his wish that the Obama administration would soon start …
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Android Phones Proliferate  —  Until this summer, U.S. consumers interested in owning an Android-powered cellphone were limited to T-Mobile's G1.  But the Google operating system is appearing in a slew of new handsets by HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola. … The specs for Samsung's newest Android phone, the I5700 Galaxy Lite,
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Everything You Need To Know About Salesforce's Service Cloud 2  —  In Salesforce.com's most recent earnings call, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff strongly emphasized that the Service Cloud, which was launched in January, was one of the fastest growing segments of the company's business.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One More Googler Gone: DoubleClick AdExchange Boss Michael Rubenstein  —  Google employs about 20,000 people, and I don't expect to write a story every time one leaves.  That said, here's another one: Michael Rubenstein, who ran DoubleClick's ad exchange unit and who was running the same project …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Riot Games launches hardcore fighting game in China, gets $8M boost  —  Riot Games has raised $8 million in additional venture capital for its online fighting game.  The investment was led by Chinese social media giant Tencent, which plans to publish the game in China.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Socialtext Launches Mobile Version Of Twitter-Like Collaboration Platform  —  Collaboration platform Socialtext is taking its package of enterprise 2.0 services to the smartphone.  The startup has launched Socialtext Mobile, a web-based mobile version of the Socialtext collaboration platform.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft: Windows 7 not affected by latest flaw  —  Microsoft issued a formal security advisory late Tuesday on a reported zero-day flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  However, the software maker also said that the flaw does not affect the final version of Windows 7, contrary to earlier reports.
Microsoft:
Tesco and Microsoft Bring Next-Generation Movie Experience to U.K. Consumers  —  New virtual DVD provides ability to download entertainment including movies with rich video quality, interactivity and bonus content previously available only on a disk.  —  Tesco, one of the world's leading retailers …
Discussion: Engadget HD and Pocket-lint.com
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Comcast to offer 100 Mbps service to businesses  —  Comcast announced Tuesday it will offer 100 Mbps broadband service to businesses in the Twin Cities as the company increases speeds on its network as a result of network upgrades.  —  The company is offering the service over its newly upgraded Docsis 3.0 network.
Discussion: DSLreports, GigaOM and TechVi
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
A New Job Just a Tweet Away  —  More companies are tweeting for hires.  —  As online job boards have grown crowded amid the recession, many big companies, including Microsoft Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., Raytheon Corp. and Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, now list job openings on the Twitter microblogging site.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How To: See When Your Tweets Are Favorited, by RSS  —  Tweets on Twitter, you can favorite them - but do people take the time to?  It turns out they do and someone's probably been favoriting Tweets from you, too.  Favstar is a new service that tracks the most favorited tweets tweeted and finds some pretty funny stuff that way.
 
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