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1:15 PM ET, September 3, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox counters Google's browser speed test  —  Mozilla fought back on Wednesday with some performance results to show a forthcoming version of Firefox outpacing Google's new Web browser, Chrome.  —  During a launch event Tuesday, Google was eager to toot its horn about Chrome's performance …
Discussion: OSDir.com, webmonkey and Webware.com
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Speed test: Google Chrome beats Firefox, IE, Safari  —  Google introduced Chrome in part because it wants faster browsing and the richer Web applications that speed will unlock.  So how does Chrome actually stack up?  —  Google's Chrome overpowers the other browsers on the five subtests …
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
TraceMonkey Update  —  We have been busy, mostly fixing bugs for stability, but also winning a bit more performance, since TraceMonkey landed on mozilla-central, from which Firefox 3.1 alpha-stage nightly builds are built.  Tonight's builds include a fix for the bug that ilooped a SunSpider test …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T sued for over-saturating 3G network with iPhones  —  A San Diego-based lawsuit filed late last week alleges that Apple and its carrier partner AT&T have knowingly oversold iPhone 3G, promising fast speeds only to see a glut of customers bog down the network with devices that themselves are flawed.
Patrick White / Globe and Mail:
Service call gone awry leads to playwright's arrest  —  It's a story as old as the Internet.  —  You fire up your Web browser and all you get is some cryptic error message.  —  Try as you might, jiggling wires, pulling plugs and tossing keyboards, the Internet is down.  No Web.  No e-mail.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Hell freezes over, new DirecTV HD TiVo on the way  —  We had to pinch ourselves and check to see if it was April 1st, because after three years of hearing TiVo fans complain that DirecTV killed off the HD DirecTV TiVo on its move to MPEG4, the satellite company has finally listened.
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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell to Offer ‘Netbook’  —  Dell Inc. will soon introduce a mininotebook computer, people familiar with the matter said, entering into a fast-growing market for inexpensive, no-frills portables that offer Internet capabilities at low prices.  —  One person familiar with the matter …
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Nokia:
Highly anticipated Nokia N96 begins shipping  —  The Nokia N96 offers the most personalized mobile internet experience to date  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the availability of the much anticipated Nokia N96, its flagship multimedia computer in the iconic Nokia Nseries range.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
iPhone Users Greeted With Morning Outage - AT&T users reporting morning data connectivity problems...  Last week an AT&T insider suggested that the sooner that all iPhone users upgraded to the new 2.0.2 update, the sooner iPhone users would be in connectivity nirvana.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Unveils Blu-Ray Fall Lineup  —  TOKYO — Sony Corp. showed its fall lineup of Blu-ray disc players and recorders, as it prepares for its first holiday season after winning the next-generation format battle against HD DVD.  —  The Japanese consumer electronics maker said it was making available …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
A Sony Blu-ray Player Under Every Tree This Christmas? Not At $400
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want On The Digg Home Page?  That'll Be $1,200.  —  InvespBlog has published what it claims is an interview with a top Digg user - someone who has a 34% success ratio in getting submitted stories to the home page of Digg.  The Digg user isn't named - he or she says “I have a reputation to withhold” (we know what they meant).
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X1 panel interface puts the user at the heart of the mobile experience  —  03 September 2008 New Sony Ericsson Software Developers Kit (SDK) brings the Xperia™ X1 eco-system to life by offering mobile users choice and customisation
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
What exaflood?  'Net backbone shows no signs of osteoporosis  —  Given recent media coverage, it's easy to believe that P2P and streaming video traffic is a rising hurricane battering upon ISP levees, that ISPs are frantically sandbagging their systems against disaster, that throttling …
Rachel Beckman / Washington Post:
Facebook Ads Target You Where It Hurts  —  Maybe it's my age, my sex or the fact that it knew I was engaged, but the site decided I was a gal who needed to drop a few pounds.  And it wasn't shy about its tactics.  —  This was not a close friend taking me aside, telling me in gentle tones …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Could ‘Rock’ Cheaper iPods  —  Steve Jobs isn't even bothering to hide it this time.  Apple has invited the press to a “special event” on Sept. 9.  And while the tech giant isn't saying, exactly, what it will announce, any journalist who hasn't figured it out by now had one too many jars …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google Chrome vulnerable to carpet-bombing flaw  —  Google's shiny new Web browser is vulnerable to a carpet-bombing vulnerability that could expose Windows users to malicious hacker attacks.  —  Just hours after the release of Google Chrome, researcher Aviv Raff discovered that he could combine …
 
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David Akin / National Post:
Contentious copyright bill would die with election
Discussion: p2pnet and Michael Geist Blog
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Payola: Is Anyone Paying For Views?
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
iRobot has two new Roombas for your cleaning needs: One for pets, one for offices
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7: Can Microsoft get boot time to under 15 seconds?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Can the iPhone Beat Symbian OS?
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Did corporate lawyers put kibosh on ‘Mythbusters’ RFID episode?
Discussion: The Register and bit-tech.net
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft proposes age-limited digital playgrounds
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo extends portal pact with Verizon; Stock still in purgatory
Discussion: Business Wire and WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Brings Back Reordering Destinations
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia To Debut Mobile Lifestreaming App
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Live Mesh Windows Mobile client teased
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com and jkOnTheRun
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Should software developers fear Facebook, Apple?
Discussion: Homotron.net
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Adobe sets date for CS4 launch
Discussion: Between the Lines
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
eMusic chief criticises net download deal
Discussion: The Register and hypebot
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
There.com to add Mac support and Facebook plug-in