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7:55 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
Discussion: Beet.TV and RexBlog.com
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zune Gets New Features That Won't Help Sell Zunes  —  Not a coincidence: The day before Apple is expected to update its iPods, Microsoft (MSFT) is reminding the world that the Zune still exists, via a handful of new features.  —  These include the ability to buy music over wi-fi …
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New Zune feature: Download songs you hear on FM radio
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Zunerama
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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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 in San Francisco tomorrow.  —  At this point, I think Apple could announce …
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 …
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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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gamers fight back against lackluster Spore gameplay, bad DRM
Discussion: MacUser
Mark Desanto / Ars Technica:   Intelligently designed? Ars reviews Spore
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
New CNN show pushes the limits of Twitter — literally  —  One anchor for the cable news channel CNN has become enamored with the micro-messaging service Twitter over the past several weeks.  He used tweets (Twitter messages) to complement his coverage of the recent Hurrican Gustav …
Discussion: Web 2.Oh
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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)
Labnol / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! News - Try their New Design  —  Yahoo! is working on a new layout of their Yahoo! News portal that is easier on the eyes and also packs more content per page including a new section on “most blogged stories”.  —  Here's a screenshot of the new vs old version of Yahoo! News.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! May Put Blog Links on Every News Page
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Enomaly / ElasticVapor:
The Cloud Application Marketplace  —  I've been saying this for awhile and I'll say it again: Cloud computing isn't a management model so much as a software delivery paradigm.  What Apple has done with its App Store is show the world that the key to monetizing the cloud is in the delivery …
Discussion: WebGuild
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Industry Standard:
J.K. Rowling wins copyright claim over Harry Potter website operator  —  A judge ruled Monday in favor of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling in her copyright infringement lawsuit against a fan and Web site operator who was set to publish a Potter encyclopedia.
Discussion: CNET News
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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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 LiveStream  —  We'll be streaming the TechCrunch50 conference here all week so everyone can see these demos for themselves as they happen.  —  Google Expands Online Newspaper Archive Search
Discussion: Online Dating Insider and Joe Duck
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: IntoMobile and Electronista
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 …
 
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