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6:35 PM ET, September 6, 2008

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MacNN:
iPod nano 4G photo, details [new orig photo]  —  MacNN can confirm the existence of the fourth-generation iPod nano and has obtained a verified authentic photo of the Apple music player.  The device exactly matches claims by Digg founder Kevin Rose of a tall, tapered design and is enclosed …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod nano 4G leaked in actual, factual, really-real spy photo  —  Look, you know the drill here.  This may be the painstaking result of some CAD-school-dropout's nights home alone, or the latest in cheapo knock-offs from the Far East.  You may be looking at a Photoshop spackled together …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
On iTunes 8 and hunches; also iPhone 2.1 for Tuesday  —  On Friday, we posted a short roundup of what's expected in iTunes 8 thanks to the rumortastic stylings of Kevin Rose.  The Pandora-like Genius feature, Genius Sidebar, Grid view, and more are all said to be included.
Discussion: MacRumors, iPhone Savior and Gizmodo
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Startups: your web site sucks  —  I visited each website from the list of Demo finalists.  —  Boy, do they suck.  Really, really suck.  —  Does no one understand how to market themselves?  —  It's amazing to me that not a single Demo website has learned from the lessons of Gary Vaynerchuk's Winelibrary.tv.
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC dumps Microsoft Silverlight after Olympics  —  NBC streamed all its NBCOlympics.com videos using Microsoft's Silverlight backend tech, but the network dumped Microsoft before last night's NFL kickoff — streamed live over NBCSports.com and NFL.com — opting to use Adobe Flash instead.  Why?
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
NBC Dumps Silverlight for NFL Streaming?  Hardly  —  Today, Valleywag tried to string two separate events and some made-up facts together to spin the yarn that NBC was not happy with the performance of Silverlight on NBCOlympics.com, and dumped the technology for Flash for their new NFL streaming site.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
So Much Hate For Microsoft's Seinfeld/Gates Buddy Ad  —  from the what's-wrong-with-it?  dept  —  I wasn't going to comment on Microsoft's new ad campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates buddying around, but the response among the press and bloggers is almost universally negative …
Discussion: Mark Evans
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KathrynV / DSLreports:
T-Mobile's First HSDPA Handset Goes Live - As carrier continues to expand its 3G network  —  When it was announced that the Google Android platform would launch with the HTC Dream on T-Mobile s network, many eyebrows were raised at the choice to go with a carrier that has such a small 3G footprint.
Discussion: Caller IP, Inquirer and Gearlog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
isoHunt Sues the CRIA to Legalize BitTorrent Sites  —  Following Demonoid and QuebecTorrent, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has threatened isoHunt with legal action.  However, isoHunt has decided to launch a preemptive strike, as it turns the tables and sues the CRIA instead.
Discussion: Listening Post, p2pnet and Digg
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 alpha 2 officially released  —  Mozilla has officially announced the availability of the second Firefox 3.1 alpha.  This release includes support for the highly-anticipated HTML 5 “video” element and a handful of other features that move the browser forward.
Discussion: Webware.com, ZDNet.com.au and Digg
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 2 now available for download
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Slashdot
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft's video game console woes  —  When his fourth Xbox 360 video game console died in April, Chris Szarek wasn't surprised.  —  The Chicopee, Mass. gamer was accustomed to the hardware failures that became known throughout the Internet as RROD …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Gillmor Gang talks Google Chrome  —  The Gillmor Gang talked with Google Chrome's Group Product Manager Brian Rakowski and Tech Lead Ben Goodger.  The conversation focused mostly on the open source fundamentals of the new browser project.  Rakowski and Goodger have both been with the project since …
Discussion: The Gillmor Gang
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Chrome's JavaScript challenge to Silverlight  —  SYDNEY—The biggest rival for Microsoft's next-generation Silverlight Web technology will be JavaScript, not Adobe Systems' ubiquitous Flash, according to experts speaking at Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference here.
 
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1000 things I've learned about blogging
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Danish File-Sharers Not Responsible For Wi-Fi Theft
Discussion: DSLreports
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Sun Upgrades Desktop Virtual Machine, Gains Traction On Macs
Chris Williams / The Register:
Police quiz BT on secret Phorm trials
Discussion: broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Nicholson / Destructoid:
Europeans locked out of Spore, EA working on a patch
Discussion: Kotaku and The Register
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Microsoft Missing the Boat on Mobile?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Maximizing Profits Doesn't Mean Screwing Your Customers
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Twitter added nofollow to “www.” links in their Bio field
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast says StreamSaver, a bundle of Peacock, Netflix, and Apple TV+, will be available starting next week to Comcast TV or broadband customers at $15/month

 
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