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3:20 PM ET, September 4, 2008

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Available Now: Windows XP $399, Ubuntu $349  —  The way Dell introduced the Inspiron Mini 9 was pretty inspired, so it's almost been depressing watching the steady stream of leaks deflate it into a now familiar device, even though it's only being released today.
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Jay Pinkert / Your Blog:
Without Further Ado, Meet Your New Best Friend  —  The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 launches today - 8 a.m. Central - in the U.S., Japan and some European countries (check local listings).  Starting price for the XP version - available now — is $399 USD.  An Ubuntu Linux version will be available later, starting at $349 USD.
Arn / MacRumors:
Photo of the 4th Generation iPod Nano?  —  Alibaba, a B2B marketplace, has a photo (via Zollotech) of what appears to be the 4th generation iPod Nano that is expected to be released next week.  —  We can't be for sure if this represents a photo of the actual device, or simply a mockup based …
Discussion: Engadget, DailyTech and The Apple Core
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Can Steve Jobs save the iPod?
ZolloTech:   True Picture of 4th Gen iPod Nano Revealed, Same Old Connector
CPSC:
Sony Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Gap Widens in Online Advertising  —  Rivals Struggle to Catch Up to Google As Buyers Favor Search Ads Over Display  —  Spending on Internet advertising is climbing at a healthy clip — rising 20% in the U.S. in the second quarter — and growth forecasts are strong despite the weak economy.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
JP Morgan Cuts Online Ad Outlook; Gap Between Search And Display Widens  —  JP Morgan internet analyst Imran Khan is lowering his online ad spend forecast into next year due to the worsening economy.  Sensing that marketers are becoming more conservative with their ad spend …
BBC:
Google tweaks Chrome licence text  —  Google has rescinded an article of the user agreement for its new browser, Chrome, released on Tuesday.  —  The initial agreement claimed rights over “any Content which you submit, post or display on or through” the browser.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Multi-Touch Data Fusion Adds Camera, Voice, Force Sensors  —  Apple has been working in new multi-touch technology that combines touch interfaces with input from the camera and the microphone.  For example: this will allow you to select text in the iPhone, say “copy,” …
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Staska / Unwired View:
Apple is looking beyond Multi-Touch
Discussion: CNET News - Apple
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
One Of The Coolest Homepages I've Seen  —  Last week my friend David Rose's company Angelsoft launched a new homepage for their website and I have to say it is one of the coolest homepages I have ever seen.  —  To summarize, Angelsoft is a platform that almost every angel investor group, and many VCs use to manage deal flow.
Discussion: A VC and Online Dating Insider
NBC Universal:
CNBC AND LINKEDIN ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE  —  Collaboration To Include Content Distribution, Technology Integration And Content Development  —  ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.  - September 3, 2008 - CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network …
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Dan Nye / The LinkedIn Blog:
CNBC gets LinkedIn
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Amazon kills Unbox, brings Video on Demand to life  —  Amazon's new online streaming video service, Video on Demand, isn't going to win any awards for creative branding.  Then again, to have a service with such a straightforward name replace one that had anything but, Unbox, may be a good thing.
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Nathan Halverson / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
He's giving you access, one document at a time  —  California's building codes, plumbing standards and criminal laws can be found online.  —  But if you want to download and save those laws to your computer, forget it.  —  The state claims copyright to those laws.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Small Book Publishers Offered New Technology  —  Hundreds of small, independent publishers will have easier access to digital book technology under a new service offered by Perseus Books Group, the result of agreements between it and more than a half-dozen technology companies, Perseus is expected to announce on Thursday.
Discussion: TeleRead and paidContent.org
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Office 2.0: 10 new things you can do in the (Google) cloud  —  Business applications in the Internet cloud are improving at a phenomenal pace, says Matthew Glotzbach, a product management director with Google Enterprise.  Glotzbach just finished giving a short talk at the Office 2.0 conference …
CNET News:
GameSpot review: EA's balancing act with ‘Spore’  —  GameSpot review by Kevin VanOrd.  —  GameSpot score: 8.0  —  The good  —  
  • Intuitive and comprehensive customization tools  —  
  • Oozes charm at every turn  —  
  • Impressively broad scope
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and AppScout
Eric / Photography Bay:
First Sony A900 Ad Leaked - UPDATED - Now with REAL SPECS  —  This is the first advertisement that I've seen for the Sony A900.  It appears to be legit and coming from a Danish photography magazine.  [via DPR]  —  It looks like there are bubbles in the ad featured with the A900 …
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Amazon to Sell OLPC XO Laptops From November  —  Amazon.com will start selling One Laptop Per Child's low-cost XO notebook computer as part of the Give One, Get One program OLPC developed last year, according to an official from OLPC.  —  The non-profit organization started Give One …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
Docstoc offers simple sync with your hard drive  —  Online document-hosting service Docstoc on Thursday is introducing a useful new tool for PCs and Macs that will automatically back up and sync documents from your hard drive to your Docstoc account.  —  Considering the growing trend …
 
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Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
EBay's ‘Classified’ Strategy
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's stock hits new 52-week low
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PR Newswire:
comScore Reports that the U.S. Catches Up With Western Europe …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Apple Rejecting Apps Based on ‘Limited Utility’
Discussion: IntoMobile
Clay Breshears / Intel Software Network Blogs:
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Stalk your favorite TV characters (legally) with Whrrl
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Obama v. McCain in Online Diplay Ads, Video Views, and Searches
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Eric A. Taub / Bits:
New LG Blu-ray Player Streams Netflix — With Drawbacks
 Earlier Items: 
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Likely to Cut Back on Phone Data
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceWireless
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Why Chrome is a win-win for Google
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Electronista
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Chrome: A new force for web applications?
Associated Press:
Journal debuts lifestyle mag to draw luxury ads
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zoho Docs ties documents together
BBC:
Zombie plague sweeps the internet
Discussion: Switched
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Where are your clicks coming from? (Geographically speaking)
Discussion: Search Engine Land