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5:50 PM ET, September 8, 2008

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Punit Soni / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time  —  For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint — from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores.  Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Marissa Mayer Demos Google's New Online Newspaper Archive Search
Kevin Rose:
Predictions for tomorrow's Apple event  —  It's been a couple weeks, so I thought I'd do a little roundup of my predictions/rumors:  — New design for the iPod Nano (this one)  — iPod price reductions  — 2.1 software on iPod Touch  — iTunes 8.0  — New audio visualization (this one)
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple looks to revive that special event magic  —  Other than football fans, there are probably few people in America happier to see the month of September than Apple executives.  —  Apple will look to put the last six weeks behind it with the expected launch of new iPods this week during …
Discussion: Crave and core77.com's design blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Predictions+Grain of Salt=Impossible  —  As usual before yet another big Apple event, the psychic friends network is in overdrive, in anticipation of the iconic computer company's “Let's Rock” media gathering to be held in San Francisco tomorrow.  —  At this point, I think Apple …
Discussion: CNET News and Gizmodo
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft confirms Zune details  —  Updated 10:20 a.m., with pricing details.  —  With most of its news already leaked out there, Microsoft on Monday confirmed the details of its fall Zune lineup.  —  On the hardware side, Microsoft will beef up Zune's capacity, expanding the hard drive-based model …
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Microsoft:
Zune Takes Music Discovery to the Next Level With New Ways to Find and Access Digital Music  —  Software update will enable Zune users to tag songs and buy music directly from FM radio and download and stream music on the go beginning Sept. 16.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end-to-end music …
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zune Gets New Features That Won't Help Sell Zunes
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Does DRM guarantee Spore is destined for extinction?  —  Will Wright's long awaited sim game Spore seems to have become the focus of a anti-DRM Internet flash mob who seem determined to sink the game on Amazon.com by dishing out poor ratings.  —  As things stand right now …
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Mark Desanto / Ars Technica:
Intelligently designed? Ars reviews Spore
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Gamers fight back against lackluster Spore gameplay, bad DRM
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Tuning in to Apple TV 3.0  —  Does Steve Jobs have a surprise in store for the analysts and reporters gathering in San Francisco for Let's Rock — the dog-and-pony show Tuesday at which Apple (AAPL) is widely expected to unveil the next generation of iPods?  —  Peter S. Magnusson hopes he does …
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Peter S Magnusson:
Apple TV 3.0 with Blu-ray and HD tuner (I wish)
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Announcing The TechCrunch50 Finalists  —  We've gone through more than 1,000 companies to get down to the final 50 (okay, 52) that will present on stage at TechCrunch50 starting later this morning.  We will be covering all of the companies as they present onstage or shortly after.
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
New E-Newspaper Reader Echoes Look of the Paper  —  The Plastic Logic reader, left, has a screen the size of a sheet of paper for a copy machine.  Center, Sony's eReader; right, Amazon.com's Kindle.  The Plastic Logic device, which is yet to be named, can be updated wirelessly and store hundreds of pages of documents.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google makes waves and may have solved the data center conundrum  —  Google is pondering a floating data center that could be powered and cooled by the ocean.  These offshore data centers could sit 3 to 7 miles offshore and reside in about 50 to 70 meters of water.
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
Intel releases pricing, details on solid-state drives  —  Less than a month ago, Intel announced its line of solid-state hard drives.  We didn't have much information at the time, other than a model number and a few benchmarks provided by Intel, but we're pleased to officially announce the X25-M …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Zillow, newspaper consortium launch ad network  —  Zillow.com, which in November 2007 teamed up with a consortium of newspapers to carry their listings on its real-estate site, has now expanded that deal to include the sale of ads on each other's sites.  —  Under the Zillow Advertising Network agreement …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Ashton Kutcher's Web Video Show: Blah Girls  —  I'm at the TechCrunch50 conference right now, where Ashton Kutcher is presenting his web startup.  Not only is this one a celebrity-driven startup, but it's about celebrities.  It's an animated web video show with interactive elements called Blah Girls.
Telegraph:
Google's ‘Android’ Dream phone to hit UK  —  A new front in Silicon Valley's fierce battle for technology supremacy will be opened in Britain before Christmas with the launch of Google's first mobile phone venture.  —  Google's ‘Dream’ phone, which uses its much-hyped Android open-source operating system …
Discussion: Electronista and IntoMobile
Peter Cohen / PC World:
EA to Release Harry Potter Game With New Movie in 2009  —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest installment of the popular movie series based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling books, has been pushed back to a Summer 2009 release.  Electronic Arts (EA) announced Monday plans …
Discussion: Industry Standard and Techdirt
 
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Richard Tyler / Telegraph:
Bebo creator, Michael Birch, hails ‘end of print dictionary’
James Sherwood / The Register:
Locksmith chains up iPod
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO launches Web series
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Digital TV transition kicks off in Wilmington, N.C.
Discussion: DSLreports
Tranquil PC / Tranquil PC's Weblog:
Atom2 systems  —  Tranquil PC have announced the availability …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Scientology fights critics with 4,000 DMCA takedown notices
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Disservice to partners may bite Apple
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HP claims 24-hour battery life for notebooks
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Weinman / GigaOM:
The 10 Laws of Cloudonomics
Discussion: Negative Approach
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
Look Out, OLPC: A Microsoftie Jumps to nComputing
Discussion: Electronista
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
DEMO: Meet Alcatel-Lucent's Services Play
Discussion: Webware.com
John Oates / The Register:
London stock market floored by computer glitch
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Scoble Says “Everything Sucks”. A Bit Over The Top But Not Untrue
Discussion: HackingCough
David / TmoNews:
Sunday 3G surprise!
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility
Craig Stoltz / Web 2.Oh. . .really?:
Rick Sanchez Debuts Twitter on TV