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10:35 PM ET, September 8, 2008

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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 …
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 …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Microsoft Tries To Upstage Apple....With The Help Of Clear Channel
Discussion: Digital Noise
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
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Steve Jobs must be feeling better  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Steve Jobs' physical appearance at Let's Rock — a widely-anticipated Apple special event scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. EDT in San Francisco — will reassure investors and boost the company's share price.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Predictions + Grain of Salt = Impossible
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple looks to revive that special event magic
Discussion: Crave and MacRumors
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Top Lawyer Is Selected As U.S. Mulls Google Suit  —  Washington — The Justice Department has quietly hired one of the nation's best-known litigators, former Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Sanford Litvack, for a possible antitrust challenge to Google Inc.'s growing power in advertising.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason Google's Stock Crashed
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Yammer: A ‘Twitter for the enterprise’  —  I recently covered Socialcast, a “Friendfeed for business,” and liked it a lot.  It takes emerging social interaction models that people are just now getting accustomed to and adapts them for business.  —  Here at TechCrunch50 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
TechCrunch50: Ashton Kutcher Blabs About the Blah Girls
Discussion: NewTeeVee, AppScout and UberPulse
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
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
How Videogames Blind Us With Science  —  A few years ago, Constance Steinkuehler — a game academic at the University of Wisconsin — was spending 12 hours a day playing Lineage, the online world game.  She was, as she puts it, a “siege princess,” running 150-person raids on hellishly difficult bosses.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
TC50 startups - News and Memes  —  This group of TechCrunch50 companies is focused on news and meme tracking.  The companies include; Dotspots, Angstro, LiveHit, and StockMood.  The TechCrunch expert panel is once again Marisa Mayer, Dan Farber, Ron Conway, and Chad Hurley.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Web Life
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Session 2: Memes & News
Discussion: Webware.com and Clickety Clack
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
TC50: Live-blogging the Peter Thiel interview  —  Peter Thiel is the legendary cofounder of PayPal, investor in Facebook and other numerous companies, and founder of top venture firm The Founders Fund.  Michael Arrington of Techcrunch is interviewing him now.  I'll be constantly updating.
Discussion: Webware.com
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Asus Eee PC 1000H also gets a price drop  —  It figures.  A few weeks after I pulled the trigger and ordered an Eee PC 1000H for $550, Asus decides to drop the price a second time.  The 1000H was originally listed at $650 before Asus marked the price down to compete with the MSI Wind and other cheap laptops.
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
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.
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Exclusive: Widespread cell phone location snooping by NSA?  —  If you thought that the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping was limited to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, think again.  —  While these household names of the telecom industry almost certainly helped the government …
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Battlestar Galactica Meet Google TV Ads: Deal With NBC Universal Cut  —  Just in — and brief because it's the end of the day — Google and NBC Universal have reached an agreement that will see the TV ads that Google sells coming to NBCU cable channels including SciFi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC and others.
Discussion: CNET News, NewTeeVee and Reuters
 
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