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6:15 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
The Official Palm Blog:
A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers  —  As many of you are aware, we are in the process of building our next generation software platform.  We are very excited about how this is coming together.  It has a modern flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment.
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Palm kills the Foleo dead  —  We are seriously not going to take credit for this, but holy crap, Palm just cancelled the Foleo, just like we asked them to!  Palm CEO Ed Colligan just posted a message to the company's official blog stating that they've decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion …
Discussion: Digg
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Why Microsoft deserved to lose the OOXML standards vote
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Mashable!
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.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps  —  Rumors of an online storage solution from Google have been circulating for years.  These rumors became stronger in July last year when references to Platypus and GDrive were accidentally made available on the writely.com domain.
Aldamiz / MyStrands Blog:
Introducing MyStrands.TV!  Your free, personalized, Internet music TV  —  We are happy to present MyStrands.TV... a free, personalized, Internet music television, with countless channels featuring great music videos and concert footage just for you.  —  Get ready to spend hours and hours in front of your computer.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and NewTeeVee
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MyStrands Launches Music Video Discovery Service, MyStrands.tv
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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.
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, Gawker and Digg
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone  —  Apple might start making enterprise-class iPhones or incorporate more enterprise-friendly features into existing models, a Gartner analyst has predicted.  —  Gartner previously dismissed the idea of iPhones becoming business tools, but the analyst group seems to be warming to the possibility.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Macsimum News
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 Proposes to Merge with Leap Wireless in a Strategic Stock …
 
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Adam Pasick / Reuters:
HBO buys film made in Second Life
Discussion: Epicenter and NewTeeVee
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Install Third-Party Applications on Your iPhone
Reuters:
Sony Ericsson president to step down
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Mass Firings: Estimating Financial Impact
Discussion: Valleywag
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How The Record Labels Are Only Ten Years Behind In Their Thinking …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Next 'Great Pyramid' made in Germany?
Troy Unrau / Ars Technica:
A first look at KDE 4 beta 2
Discussion: How To Split An Atom and Digg
John Blau / PC World:
Philips Readies TiVo Rival
Discussion: Bits and Gadget Lab
 Earlier Items: 
Alertbox:
Fancy Formatting, Fancy Words = Looks Like a Promotion = Ignored
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Web Strategy: What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter
Amy Tiemann / CNET News.com:
AT&T adds parental control options to cell phones
Neil Becker / Cisco:
Cisco Shapes Future of Mobile Business with Next- Generation 802.11n Wireless
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Track flights with a Google Maps Mashup
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Go and get Opera 9.5 alpha!
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPod is growing up  —  reporter's notebook If Apple …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
New iPod Tomorrow, September 5: What Else Happened That Day?