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6:45 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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, GMSV, DVICE, Engadget and CrunchGear
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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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple event: A few extra details you didn't get (Updated)  —  By now, you've already heard about what was announced during this morning's Apple Event: Let's Rock.  New iPod nanos, new iPod touches, price drops, iPhone/iPod touch 2.1, iTunes 8, oh my!  And, if you've been paying attention to Infinite Loop …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
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 …
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!
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
“Funnest” iPod ever: photos of the new iPod touch  —  You've seen the nano pictures, so here are the new iPod touch photos.  The device is indeed more iPhone-like with a more curved back.  The volume controls are in the same place as the iPhone and work well, and the speakers sound …
Discussion: MacRumors, Gizmodo and BloggingStocks
Brad Stone / Bits:
At Apple Event, a New iPod but No Big Surprises  —  We're at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for Apple's annual September music event, this year entitled “Let's Rock.”  The prodigious Apple rumor mill predicts new iPod Nanos, a cheaper iPod Touch and perhaps a new version of the iTunes software.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple App Store: Over 100,000,000 downloads in 60 days
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Investors Sell On iPod News: Stock Down 4.5%
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model
Discussion: WinExtra
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Shuffle gets updated color options
Discussion: Engadget
dpreview.com:
Sony Alpha 900, Previewed  —  Pre-Photokina: Nearly 18 months after it first appeared as a prototype at trade shows, Sony has announced its eagerly anticipated flagship digital SLR, the Alpha 900 - finally giving Minolta/Konica Minolta users a full frame option.
Discussion: DailyTech
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Sony:
SONY UNVEILS FIRST FULL-FRAME ALPHA DSLR MODEL
Discussion: I4U News, CrunchGear and TG Daily
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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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 …
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 …
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virtualization.info:
Mendel Rosenblum, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at VMware, resigns
Discussion: Docu-Drama and BetaNews
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+.
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.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
New YouTube Tool Helps Increase Viewing of Videos  —  HotSpots Feature Tracks When Audience Watches  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Every minute, 10 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.  While that figure is a source of pride for the Google-owned video-sharing site, for marketers …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and WebProNews
Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:
SpinSpotter Combats Unethical, Biased Journalism  —  SAN DIEGO, CA — The media typically keeps organizations in check, but the tables have turned with a new web site where users can report journalistic bias and inaccuracies.  —  SpinSpotter unveiled its web site Tuesday at the DEMOfall 2008 conference.
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Rhett and Link, Large Hadron Rap: NTV Station Today  —  We're all about the mashing up of music and technology today on NewTeeVee Station.  First, Rhett and Link craft a Weird Al-esque lament for these perhaps-too-exciting Web 2.0 days...  And tonight might be Planet Earth's last hurrah …
Discussion: The Register
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Fitness Gadget Aims to Help Users Lose Weight  —  Using the Fitbit Tracker is like having a personal trainer, nutritionist and sleep doctor attached to your hip at all times.  —  The gadget, unveiled Tuesday at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, tracks your health minute-to-minute …
Discussion: Technology Live and Gearlog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Day One Recap TechCrunch50  —  What a day. 1,700 people streamed into the San Francisco Design Center at 9 am on Monday morning to help launch the first group of 52 startups at TechCrunch50.  Dozens more startups were camped out in the demopit.  —  First, the bad news.
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius Shares Sink 9% As Revenue Outlook Light
Apple:
NBC Universal Returns to the iTunes Store
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Gizmodo Australia
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
In D.C. antitrust circles, how Google became the hunted
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Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code: “Sex Scandal” …
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Blogs' Never-Ending Battle of Page Views vs. Conversation
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
iCharts turns your boring spreadsheet into a flashy chart
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Ignored The Warnings; Now Getting Slammed For Spore's DRM
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google's Marissa Mayer on Chrome, New Web Browser
Microsoft:
Silverlight Shines at International Broadcasting Conference 2008 in Amsterdam
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Ashton Kutcher at TechCrunch50: Blah, Blah, Blah
Discussion: PDA and Valleywag
MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Goes Local
Between the Lines:
SAP teams up with InnoCentive; Software IP questions abound
Discussion: PR Newswire
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Why Google may walk away from Yahoo deal
Paul Jay / CBC News:
The rise of Facebook activism
Discussion: p2pnet
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