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5:00 PM ET, September 4, 2007

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Think Secret:
Touch-screen iPod to take center stage  —  Apple will at last unveil a touch-screen iPod with a 3.5-inch display at its media event Wednesday, sources have confirmed, some 20 months after Think Secret first broke word of the device's development.  —  The new iPod will feature similar dimensions …
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vnunet:
Radio iPods expected on Wednesday  —  New iPods designed to support digital radio  —  Apple is expected to launch a new range of iPods this week designed to receive digital radio.  —  The company will make an announcement about the new products on 5 September, but is remaining quiet about what changes will be made.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Internet radio iPods due Wednesday?
Discussion: Scripting News
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
iPhone Becomes Leading U.S. Smart Phone Model in July  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone outsold all smart phones in the United States during July, and equaled the sales of the most popular feature phone, according to iSuppli Corp. The iPhone accounted for 1.8 percent of all mobile-handset unit sales to U.S. consumers during July.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone outsold all smartphones in July  —  The iPhone may not have hit the million mark as soon as armchair analysts expected, but it's still doing well in the marketplace according to data from iSuppli.  The market research firm conducts monthly online surveys of over 2 million US residents …
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist  —  The tech giant's startup investments are narrowing opportunities for VCs.  Other corporations are upping their venture investing, too  —  Just as it has done to companies in the software, publishing, and advertising industries, Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists.
Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile Workstation Yet For On-The-Go Professionals  —  Dell Precision M6300 Model Delivers Performance, Features to Create, Analyze, Design  —  Dell today introduced a mobile workstation, the Dell PrecisionTM M6300 …
Lisa Sounio / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr Receives Funding from Premier International Team: Varsavsky, Ito, Hoffman and Klein invest in online social-travel service  —  We're very happy to announce that Dopplr has secured early-stage financing.  Having this international group of active Dopplr users now joining us as strategic investors is tremendously exciting.
Gary Weiss / gary-weiss.com:
Wikipedia Bans Overstock.com  —  This appears to be a two-items-on-Overstock.com day.  Well, it's not for nothing that they call this sleazy Internet retailer "the gift that keeps on giving."  —  It seems that one of Judd Bagley's "black ops" targets, Wikipedia, is getting sick and tired of being abused and spammed by this company.
Discussion: WebProNews
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPod is growing up  —  reporter's notebook If Apple really is putting a version of Mac OS X in a new iPod, presumably it has more in mind than showing high-quality reruns of The Hills.  —  Any talk these days of Apple and the future of mobile computing quickly turns to the iPhone.
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications  —  Site's Growing Ranks  —  Seen as Potential Source  —  Of Revenue, Customers  —  Another online gold rush is on.  Entrepreneurs are scrambling to create small software programs for Facebook Inc.'s social-networking site and grab footholds in its emerging economy.
Valleywag:
Conflicts Of Interest: Eric Schmidt's girlfriend gets the Googler crown  —  When Larry Page and Sergey Brin hired Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO because, among other reasons, he'd been to Burning Man, they must have known they were getting a boss with alternative values.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony edits Wikipedia, downplaying Halo 3's graphics  —  The Internet sees everything.  It used to be you were safe to strike out at your enemies via Wikipedia edits, but with the advent of WikiScanner, those days are over.  Which is why we're discussing a small edit made to the Wikipedia page of Halo 3.
Discussion: SMC and Gawker
Alertbox:
Fancy Formatting, Fancy Words = Looks Like a Promotion = Ignored … Putting the answer to a typical user's main question in big red type at the top of your homepage would guarantee high usability, right?  Wrong — at least for the U.S. Census Bureau's homepage, where 86% of users failed …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
MetroPCS bids for Leap Wireless in stock deal  —  Regional cell phone operator MetroPCS Communications bid Tuesday to buy competitor Leap Wireless International in a deal worth more than $5 billion in stock.  —  MetroPCS, which went public in April, said in a press release Tuesday …
Discussion: The Register and eWEEK.com
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metroPCS:
MetroPCS Proposes to Merge with Leap Wireless in a Strategic Stock …
 
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Victoria Ho / CNET News.com:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How The Record Labels Are Only Ten Years Behind In Their Thinking …
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone
Troy Unrau / Ars Technica:
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John Blau / PC World:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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AT&T adds parental control options to cell phones
Neil Becker / Cisco:
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Track flights with a Google Maps Mashup
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Now A Bear Stearns "Top Pick"
Discussion: WebProNews and Bits
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Go and get Opera 9.5 alpha!
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
AMD to launch Barcelona in seven places
Discussion: Geek.com
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
New iPod Tomorrow, September 5: What Else Happened That Day?