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1:40 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 and webmonkey
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Speed test: Google Chrome beats Firefox, IE, Safari
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.
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 …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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TeleGeography Research:
Internet traffic is growing fast — but capacity is keeping pace  —  According to new data from TeleGeography, international Internet traffic grew 53% between mid-2007 and mid-2008, down from 61% the preceding year.  Traffic growth between the US and Latin America was especially fast, surging 112%.
Discussion: DSLreports
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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PR Newswire:
DIRECTV and TiVo to Launch New HD DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Service  —  DIRECTV, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTV - News), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO - News), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR) …
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.
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.
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
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
News: iPod nano 4G, touch 2G dimensions revealed?
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
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.
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson releases SDK for Xperia X1 Panel Interface, panel download service in the works (updated: video)  —  We know what you're thinking — it's Windows Mobile 6.1 fool, we've got the developers kit already.  True, but not the SDK that allows developers to create custom …
Discussion: PC World, Gizmodo, TG Daily and Electronista
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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).
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Finding Interesting Feeds Just Got Easier: Toluu Adds Tags  —  The OPML sharing and matching service Toluu provides a great way to find and share interesting RSS feeds.  One feature that had been missing so far, however, was tagging.  In its latest update, which was released today …
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
AOL Working With iPhone on Mobile Advertising  —  It looks like AOL is getting serious about mobile advertising.  Last year Time Warner's Internet business moved its headquarters to New York to be closer to Madison Avenue, and streamlining its advertising services into one group called Platform A. Today …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
 
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David Akin / National Post:
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Live Mesh Windows Mobile client teased
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Adobe sets date for CS4 launch
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There.com to add Mac support and Facebook plug-in