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4:20 PM ET, September 8, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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.
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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  —  12 years later... we're playing Spore  —  With Spore, Will Wright intends to make you an Intergalactic Galactic ruler who begins life as a bottom-feeding primordial soup dweller.  When I first saw the game back in early 2006 I wondered …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Gamers fight back against lackluster Spore gameplay, bad DRM
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.
Discussion: Tech Beat, bub.blicio.us and Scobleizer
Peter S Magnusson:
Apple TV 3.0 with Blu-ray and HD tuner (I wish)  —  Rumors swirling around Apple's “Let's Rock” event this coming Tuesday generally focus on an expected fourth-generation iPod Nano (roundier and with a bigger screen), iTunes 8.0, iPhone 2.1 software, Mac OS X support for BluRay, and other tidbits.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   Tuning in to Apple TV 3.0
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.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Scientology fights critics with 4,000 DMCA takedown notices  —  A huge trove of critical videos of Scientology was targeted for takedown late last week by a group called American Rights Counsel.  The group sent more than 4,000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube and claimed that every video infringed …
Discussion: Industry Standard and NewTeeVee
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Google Taking Down Private Videos For Copyright Infringement?
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.
Discussion: Bits, Webware.com, AppScout and Digital Dish
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 …
John Oates / The Register:
London stock market floored by computer glitch  —  Full trading has yet to restart on the London Stock Exchange after computer problems this morning forced it to suspend dealing.  —  The market rose nearly four per cent in early trading on the back of news from the US that the government …
Craig Stoltz / Web 2.Oh. . .really?:
Rick Sanchez Debuts Twitter on TV  —  Today at 3 p.m. EST, CNN's promiscuous social media adopter Rick Sanchez debuts a TV show called Rick Sanchez Direct.  —  This may be of some cultural significance, in that that the program appears to be about/from/in/around [insert your favorite preposition] Twitter.
Discussion: WebProNews and SEO and Tech Daily
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
DEMO: Meet Alcatel-Lucent's Services Play  —  While DEMO is primarily a showcase platform for standalone startups, well-established companies launch products there too.  This year Alcatel-Lucent has brought an internal startup pushing an RFID tag reading system called tikitag that aims to bridge the online and digital worlds.
Discussion: Webware.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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Disservice to partners may bite Apple
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Home Server version 2 to get a new revamped UI
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HP claims 24-hour battery life for notebooks
Joe Weinman / GigaOM:
The 10 Laws of Cloudonomics
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
ASUS 10.2-inch N10 netbook priced at $849
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Mozilla pushes out second Firefox 3.1 alpha
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! May Put Blog Links on Every News Page
 Earlier Items: 
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings iPhone, toothbrush, to Best Buy stores
Discussion: MacRumors
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Cut Web Advertising In August While McCain Doubled Down
Discussion: Portfolio
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Give Away Upgraded Hyper-V Software
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Scoble Says “Everything Sucks”. A Bit Over The Top But Not Untrue
Doug Perlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Payola: Could An Old Idea Save Online Radio And The Music Industry?
Discussion: Listening Post, hypebot and A VC
David / TmoNews:
Sunday 3G surprise!
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility