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3:22 AM ET, September 10, 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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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 …
Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Nike+ Only Works With 2nd Gen iPod Touch, Not iPhone or 1st Gen iTouch  —  Our interview with Apple confirmed something we suspected in our liveblog and our hands on with the device: that the Nike+ integration only works with this version.  Owners of the first-gen iPod touch …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Did Apple advance music discovery?
Discussion: TUAW and Crave
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple event: A few extra details you didn't get (Updated)
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW, MacUser and Crave
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's 'Let's Rock' event in San Francisco
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Investors Sell On iPod News: Stock Down 4.5%
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs Talks New iPods, Health: My One On One  —  Steve Jobs is healthy, was taken by surprise by all the speculation about his health swirling around him after his last public appearance in June, and says while he could “stand to gain 10 or 15 pounds,” he's doing just fine.
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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 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Q&A: Microsoft president defends Zune strategy  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPod's continued dominance today as he unveiled the latest refresh of the portable media players.  The news came a day after Microsoft showed its new Zune lineup — the third generation in the Redmond company's attempt to challenge Apple's position.
Discussion: Apple and paidContent.org
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple yields to NBC Universal on price, packaging
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Introduces New iPod nano
Discussion: Podcasting News and GeekBrief.TV
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
In D.C. antitrust circles, how Google became the hunted  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt speaking 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 that the U.S. Justice Department …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils World's Most Advanced Tracking Technology  —  Microsoft's proprietary BlueTrack Technology sets new industry standard, surpasses optical and laser to track on virtually any surface.  —  REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 9, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the world's …
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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BBC:
Copyright row dogs Spore release
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy
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 …
Joe Keiser / Edge Online:
Censors Force Fallout 3 Changes  —  Speaking to Edge, Bethesda has explained what it calls a “misconception” regarding the classification of Fallout 3 in the Australian region.  Edge has also learned that due to concerns and issues raised in the process of international classification …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile officially announces the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 aka KickStart  —  It's been rumored for months and today RIM finally made the KickStart official, but now it's being called the Pearl 8220.  It does everything we've all grown to love from our candybar BlackBerries, but now it's a flip phone!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
TC50: Tag real-world objects with Sekai Camera's iPhone tool from the future  —  Tonchidot just revealed its Sekai Camera, a system for using online data to navigate the real-world, at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.  I thought this was incredibly cool, and the audience agreed …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nick Breckon / *Shacknews* Games:
Rumor: Halo Wars Dev Ensemble Shutting Down, Non-essential Employees Already Axed (Updated)  —  Original Story: Shacknews has learned via multiple independent reports that developer Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires) will shut down operation following the release of its upcoming title Halo Wars.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live: Twenty Questions For The Venture Capitalists At TechCrunch50  —  Erick Schonfeld and Mark Pincus just took the stage at TechCrunch50 to ask twenty (or so) questions to top venture capitalists, most of which were submitted by readers.  Sumant Mandal (Clearstone Venture Partners) …
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
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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GamesIndustry.biz:
NCsoft to trim European office?
Discussion: Massively and Blue's News
The Sun:
COMPUTER games are poised to overtake CDs as the leading earner for HMV.
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Will Google Play Games?
Discussion: Kotaku
CNET News:
NYC's 911 system upgraded to accept photos, video
Yahoo! News:
Cell phone firms queried on rising texting rates
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Like Clockwork: Question Raised About Techies Unionizing
Jeremy Pepper / POP! PR Jots:
Slave to Technology  —  If you read my blog, you notice a trend …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Postbox brings more Webmail flavor to your software in-box
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Handicapping best in show at TechCrunch50
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
iPhone apps a major trend at DemoFall
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air owners find latest Apple fix producing mixed results
Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:
SpinSpotter Combats Unethical, Biased Journalism
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon is paying Sprint and AT&T subscribers money to port over!
Discussion: Phone Arena and Gizmodo
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Fitness Gadget Aims to Help Users Lose Weight
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and Gearlog
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Google's Marissa Mayer on Chrome, New Web Browser
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50 Livestream: Day 2