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1:20 PM ET, September 8, 2008

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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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
RealNetworks to Introduce a DVD Copier  —  People have been avidly feeding music CDs into their computers for years, ripping digital copies of albums and transferring the files to their other computers and mobile devices.  —  This has not happened nearly as much with DVDs, for both practical and legal reasons.
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Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
RealNetworks to introduce a DVD burner to carry movies on the road
Discussion: AppScout
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and Lost Remote
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Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Zillow, Newspapers Expand Consortium Agreement
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Screenwerk
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: Scobleizer
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
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Big Marketers Challenge Google-Yahoo Deal  —  Trade Group Calls for Justice Department To Block Planned Search-Ad Partnership  —  Some of the country's biggest marketers are rallying to oppose an advertising deal between Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., as the Justice Department considers whether to go to court to block the agreement.
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Scoble Says “Everything Sucks”.  A Bit Over The Top But Not Untrue  —  Over the weekend, Robert Scoble got a bunch of people pissed off by suggesting that all the companies demoing at DemoFall 08, or at least all the companies' websites, suck.  Now I do have at least some experience with analyzing suckage …
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 and Digg
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, Gizmodo and Electronista
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings iPhone, toothbrush, to Best Buy stores  —  You know how new relationships go.  The first night together can be filled with equal portions of passion and awkwardness.  But before you know it, you're selling all your Macs, accessories, and now even your hot new phone on your significant other's sales floor.
Discussion: MacRumors
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Cut Web Advertising In August While McCain Doubled Down  —  Barack Obama's campaign significantly cut back on Web display and search advertising in August, while rival John McCain's stepped on the gas, according to the latest stats from Nielsen.  —  More interesting: they're pursuing vastly different ad strategies.
Discussion: Portfolio and MarketingVOX
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! May Put Blog Links on Every News Page  —  Yahoo! may be struggling financially, but when it comes to supporting the rest of the web with standards and generous links - they are in the lead among the the big search and advertising companies.  Yahoo! Buzz has driven millions of viewers …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Apple admit Briton DID invent iPod, but he's still not getting any money  —  Apple has finally admitted that a British man who left school at 15 is the inventor behind the iPod.  —  Kane Kramer, 52, came up with the technology that drives the digital music player nearly 30 years ago but has still not seen a penny from his invention.
 
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Robert Palmer / TUAW:
My ideal iPod touch
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Large Hadron Collider to Go Online This Week Despite Death Threats
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft to Give Away Upgraded Hyper-V Software
Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
McAfee brings nearly instant malware updates
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Hello, and welcome targeted ads on Moviefone
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
IBM Launches 30 New Data Storage Products
John Oates / The Register:
London stock market floored by computer glitch
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New satellite to give Google Maps unprecedented resolution
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Business Wire:
The New York Times Company to Close City & Suburban, Metropolitan …
Reuters:
Yahoo Search Arrives on ATandT Mobile Phones
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
David / TmoNews:
Sunday 3G surprise!
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Want top search results? Tread carefully
Discussion: DailyTech
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The 3 Laws of Platform Adoption: Why Developers Choose Platforms …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Say Where brings voice recognition to iPhone apps
Ryan / The Dastardly Report:
Esquire October 2008 E-Ink Issue!