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5:55 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 …
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:
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, Crave and MacRumors
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.
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple App Store: Over 100,000,000 downloads in 60 days
Discussion: CNET News, PC World and TG Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Investors Sell On iPod News: Stock Down 4.5%
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Shuffle gets updated color options
Discussion: Engadget
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:   Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model
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 …
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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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
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
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+.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and WebProNews
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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.
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
aircell.mediaroom.com:
Aircell's Gogo Goes International With Air Canada  —  Canada's Largest Airline Selects Aircell's Gogo Service for Inflight Wi-Fi  —  WAEA Conference and Exhibition — Aircell®, the world's leading provider of airborne communications, and Air Canada, Canada's largest airline …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
In Washington antitrust circles, how Google became the hunted  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver two weeks ago.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News)  —  About this time a decade ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was praying the U.S. Justice Department …
Latests Alerts From Websense Security Labs:
Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code: “Sex Scandal” Spam Campaign Targeting US Presidential Election  —  Websense® Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered an emerging email campaign which uses the US presidential election as a social engineering mechanism …
 
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