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4:50 PM ET, September 9, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPod Touch Second Generation Rocks Our Socks Off  —  The new iPod touch is out.  It has a new design: chrome rim, with a tapered back similar to the iPhone, but thinner.  It now includes external volume controls as well.  It also has Nike+ integrated with no transmitter needed …
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Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Apple launches iTunes 8, NBC comes back, TV shows at $1.99, Genius in the house  —  Just in time for couch season, Apple has busted out iTunes 8 with a slew of new features, like the Genius sidebar.  Also, NBC is back on board with its lineup of TV shows.  According to Jobs …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple rocks out, announces new iPods, iTunes 8  —  At the latest in what is becoming an annual September event for Apple, the company today announced a number of new products in time for the holiday rush.  We covered the Steve Jobs' “Let's Rock” keynote live in San Francisco …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's 'Let's Rock' event in San Francisco  —  9:08AM PT - We're outside the center, journalists are milling about in preparation for the event!  Everyone's roped in, kind of like a small pasture.  —  9:22AM PT - Apple Store is down.  Shocking!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Official: iPod nano reaches 4G, looks tall for its age  —  Well well.  Can't say we're surprised to be telling you about the new 4th generation iPod nano.  As we heard, 9 colors, bigger $149 8GB and $199 16GB capacity, and wider display under the control of an accelerometer …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Live blog: Steve Jobs hosts Apple's music event  —  This is a record of our live coverage of Steve Jobs' speech at Apple's music-related event, which kicked off at 10 a.m. PDT Tuesday at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts.  —  9:53 a.m. PDT: We're in place inside …
Brad Stone / Bits:
At Apple Event, a New iPod but No Big Surprises
Discussion: Portfolio, CNET News, PC World and Crave
Peter Cohen / PC World:
App Store Downloads Top 100 Million, Games a Centerpiece
Discussion: TG Daily
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:   Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Shuffle gets updated color options
Discussion: Engadget
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Update on United Airlines story  —  Aggregators like Google News were today the subject of news - this time pertaining to a 2002 story regarding United Airlines.  For those of you who are interested in the nuts and bolts of why this was indexed by Google News, here are the details:
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-052 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in GDI+ Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954593)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows GDI+.
Discussion: eWeek, PC World and Security Watch
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
Microsoft fixes eight critical flaws with four patches
Discussion: Zero Day and Microsoft
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Turns 20 (fiction)  —  This month, September 2018, marks the 20th anniversary of Google as a business - ever since in 1998, a Mr. Bechtolsheim signed a check for $100,000.  We've come a long way since the happy days of the 10th anniversary, around a time when Google employees got together …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Business Wire:
Joanne K. Bradford Joins Yahoo! to Drive U.S. Revenue and Market Development  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) today announced that Joanne K. Bradford, a recognized leader in the online content and advertising industry, has joined Yahoo! as senior vice president …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Brings In-Drum Roll, Please-a Former Microsoft Exec to Head U.S. Ad Sales
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Livestream: Day 2  —  We'll be streaming TechCrunch50 here Monday through Wednesday so everyone can see the conference's demos for themselves as they happen.  —  You can also find our written coverage of the conference here and coverage from other news outlets below.
Discussion: Social Media and Bits
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Day One Recap TechCrunch50
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and WebProNews
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST FULL-FRAME ALPHA DSLR MODEL  —  Sony is introducing its full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A900 camera, aimed at serious photo enthusiasts looking for traditional SLR performance with the added benefits of digital photography.  —  It is designed to deliver ultra-fine picture quality …
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David Meyer / CNET News:
Opera joins Symbian Foundation  —  Browser developer Opera Software has signed up with the Symbian Foundation, a Nokia-led consortium that was set up in June to turn the Symbian mobile operating system into an open-source platform.  —  The addition of Opera to the Symbian Foundation roster …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Electronista
Sony Ericsson:
Live your life to the full with the new Sony Ericsson G705  —  Get your own personal assistant with the new Sony Ericsson G705 mobile phone.  The 2.4" screen enhances the premium web experience, whether you are searching Google™ direct from your idle screen, checking emails through …
Microsoft:
Silverlight Shines at International Broadcasting Conference 2008 in Amsterdam  —  Q&A: Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, talks about how Microsoft Silverlight is helping the global broadcasting and media industry grow their presence - and viewership - on the Web.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
At VMware, a Firing Is Still Reverberating  —  In the summer of 2007, Diane Greene was lauded as a business hero for leading VMware, a maker of business software, to the hottest stock debut since Google.  But in the ensuing year, despite her popularity with employees and on Wall Street …
Paul Jay / CBC News:
The rise of Facebook activism  —  Copyright reform must have seemed an unlikely hot-button issue in the winter of 2007 — that is, until 50 protesters arrived at Industry Minister Jim Prentice's constituency office in Calgary in December.  —  They were there to voice their complaints …
Discussion: p2pnet
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google's Marissa Mayer on Chrome, New Web Browser  —  Yesterday in San Francisco, Kelsey Blodget, associate producer at Beet.TV sat down for an extensive interview with Google Vice President Marissa Mayer.  In this segment, Marissa talks about the development and functionality of Chrome, the new Web browser from Google.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
TuneCore will put your indie film on iTunes  —  Getting your music on iTunes, Amazon, or eMusic used to be tough without signing on with a label, but services like TuneCore (which we profiled earlier this year) have made it possible for everyone from basement techno geeks to Nine Inch Nails to sell their compositions to the world.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Ignored The Warnings; Now Getting Slammed For Spore's DRM  —  Back in May, we wrote about an uproar in the gamer community over EA's decision to include some incredibly cumbersome DRM on some new games, including the highly anticipated Spore.  That story got a ton of comments and plenty …
 
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Apple iPhone transforming mobile gaming industry
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
Why Google may walk away from Yahoo deal
Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
TravelMuse aims to be the Netflix of traveling
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Toshiba to enter netbook sandbox
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMOfall 08: HeyCosmo launches a bizarre but interesting mobile concierge service
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing as a term: More meaningless by the minute
Douglas Soltys / BlackBerry Cool:
The BlackBerry Pearl 8220 will be announced Wednesday at CTIA,
Jon Fine / Business Week:
Media Bias? Not if This Web Site Can Help It
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Copyright extension of 45 years to net just $40 for most performers
Discussion: Ars Technica and Joe Duck
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM vs. AT&T; Bold vs. Thunder/Storm
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Mozilla is committed to Gecko as WebKit popularity grows
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Google backs project to connect 3bn to net