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4:35 PM ET, September 3, 2008

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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
News: iPod nano 4G, touch 2G dimensions revealed?  —  iPod nano 4G, touch 2G dimensions revealed?  —  Confirming details first reported by iLounge in July, apparent dimensional drawings for both the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch have appeared …
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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 …
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 …
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Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
TraceMonkey Update  —  We have been busy, mostly fixing bugs …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Beta Browser Speed Tests: Which Is Fastest?
Discussion: Digital Daily and Gizmodo
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.
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Can the iPhone Beat Symbian OS?  —  Symbian on Tuesday released its second quarter financial data.  The Nokia-owned company said that it bested last year's sales mark with 19.6 million units sold.  That may seem high, but over the past six months, 159 different Symbian OS-based mobile devices …
Discussion: The Outsidr and Electronista
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iTunes 8 with “Genius” recommendations, a new visualizer and HD TV shows?  —  The next version of iTunes, version 8, is set to launch on Tuesday with a few new features, a tipster tells Digg founder Kevin Rose.  Normally, I'd be skeptical of such a rumor, but Rose did nail the September 9 Apple event date …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Electronista
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Kevin Rose:
What's new in iTunes 8?  —  A new source comes forward w/this info: (this is consistent w/everything I've heard) … References (1)  —  Response: Details zu iTunes 8  —  at Flo's Weblog on Sep 3, 2008  —  In der Gerüchteküche zu Apples "Let's Rock" Event am kommenden …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
AT&T says fixed Northeast U.S. mobile data outage
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google on Chrome EULA controversy: our bad, we'll change it  —  Google's new web browser Chrome is fast, shiny, and requires users to sign their very lives over to Google before they can use it.  Today's Internet outrage du jour has been Chrome's EULA, which appears to give Google …
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Bits
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BroadcastNewsroom.com:
DIRECTV and TiVo to Launch New HD DIRECTV DVR with TiVo Service  —  DIRECTV, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTV), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR) …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Techdirt, GMSV, Slashdot and Technology Live
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Michael Dell: Telcos may subsidize netbooks to sell 3G  —  Dell CEO Michael Dell said he expects netbooks to eventually be subsidized by wireless telecom carriers that would sell the devices along with 3G service.  —  The comments, made at the Citigroup Technology Conference on Wednesday …
Discussion: Enterprise 2.0 blog
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google co-founder expects Chrome for Android  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google's new Chrome browser is for PCs today, but company co-founder Sergey Brin expects the technology will make its way to Android, the company's mobile phone operating system and software suite.
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
What exaflood? 'Net backbone shows no signs of osteoporosis
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast Introduces Video *Download* Beta  —  Comcast's Fancast property has recently expanded from solely streaming (Hulu) web video, to offering Internet video downloads.  Joining the likes of Amazon Unbox, CinemaNow, and Blockbuster the Fancast Media Manager allows you to rent …
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.
Becky Bitzenhofer / Compete Blog:
The “New” Facebook: Learning From Old Mistakes  —  A few weeks ago, I logged on to Facebook to see if any of my friends had dared to challenge me in another game of word twist.  As was expected, due to my unprecedented dominance in the game, no one had.  What was not expected, however …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7: Can Microsoft get boot time to under 15 seconds?  —  When Microsoft was developing Vista, or Longhorn, as it was known way back when, company officials were fond of making promises about ways that Microsoft would improve on Windows XP with its next-generation Windows release.
 
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Live Mesh Windows Mobile client teased
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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