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12:25 AM ET, September 10, 2009

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David Pogue / Bits:
Q&A: Steve Jobs Snipes at Amazon, Praises Ice Cream  —  Q&A: Steve Jobs Snipes at Amazon, Praises Ice Cream  —  Steve Jobs at an Apple music event on Wednesday. … Q.  —  Will there be a break in new products as a result of your absence?  —  A.  —  There were a lot of things …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Jobs makes it clear he's back in charge at Apple  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Though technically he returned to work two months ago, it was as the host of Wednesday's Apple music event that Steve Jobs publicly retook the reins of the company he founded.  —  Jobs was the first person to emerge on stage …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The New iPod Nano Shoots Video, Plays Radio  —  As well-documented by the “word on the street,” the fifth generation iPod nano is also a video camera...and radio and a pedometer and a voice recorder too...and it's available today.  Details:  —  • Video camera (640x480)  —  • NO STILL CAMERA
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod nano 5G with camera first hands-on!  —  We came and we saw... but there's not much to say.  It's exactly the same save for that new coating, bigger screen (which does help), and tiny little camera around back.  Video quality looked decent, but you really can't tell on the small screen.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Approves Real's Rhapsody iPhone App; First Look  —  Maybe it was the anti-trust patrol looking over Apple's shoulder or the memory of the RealNetwork settlement with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), but the Rhapsody iPhone/iTouch app—the first in the U.S. to offer on-demand streaming music …
Discussion: Technologizer and TechFlash
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Steve Jobs says iPod touch didn't get a camera because “it's a great game machine”  —  Wondering why Apple chose to add a camera to the iPod nano, but not the revised iPod touch?  You're not alone, but one Mr. Steven P. Jobs has an answer for you: it's because the touch is a game machine, you see.
Discussion: Mashable!, Switched and TheFeed
AppleInsider:
Apple unveils 64GB iPod touch with faster processor for $399  —  With a library huge library of titles, Apple pushed the iPod touch and iPhone as the definitive mobile gaming platform Wednesday as it announced a new 64GB iPod touch priced at $399.  —  In addition, a 32GB offering will be available for $299, and an 8GB option for $199.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Why There Is No Camera In the iPod Touch and Why That Sucks
Discussion: Lifehacker
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching newspapers: “'Open' need not mean free”  —  Google is developing a micropayment platform that will be “available to both Google and non-Google properties within the next year,” according to a document the company submitted to the Newspaper Association of America.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:   Google Plans Tools to Help News Media Charge for Content
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iTunes 9 bringing iTunes LP functionality, ‘beautiful new look’  —  Ready to pay more for the same music?  Good!  We've just spotted some new “Deluxe Version” albums in iTunes, which apparently are part of the “iTunes LP” experience in the upcoming iTunes 9, if the album blurbs are to be believed.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
iTunes 9 Breaks iTunes Sync.  Again.  Get Going, Palm  —  Sister Site The iPhone Blog has everything you need to know about today's Apple Announcements - from the disappointing non-camera update to the iPod Touch to iPhone OS 3.1 getting released (Palm has some more catching up to do).
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Palm WebOS
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Voice, Skype Are on a VOIP Collision Course  —  News Analysis: Why would Google want to acquire Skype when it already has a VOIP application?  The fact is, Google Voice and Skype are not yet direct competitors, but Google is enriching its application and could put it on a collision course with Skype.
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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Now S-U-P-E-R-sized!  —  Search, that is.  For us, search has always been our focus.  And, starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size.  Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Rolls Out The Mother Of All Updates: A Larger Search Box  —  Google is continually updating its search experience via the algorithms and the way results are displayed.  But when it comes to the search box itself, it has largely left it alone.  Sure, it has added drop downs for suggested results …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Adamo XPS: Half As Thick As Air  —  What happens when Dell's Adamo and XPS laptops get set up on a date, have a few too many drinks and end up rocking the bed?  The 9.99mm-thin Dell Adamo XPS.  That's about half as thin as the MacBook Air.  —  Here's the math: 9.99 mm is about 0.39 inches.
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
New Dell Computer Upstaged by Apple Event
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Apple Takes Over Gaming  —  Apple continues to set its sights on the gaming industry, touting its massive, low-cost game selection as a reason to buy an iPod touch (or iPhone) instead of a Sony PSP or Nintendo DS.  —  During today's iPod event, Apple showed off this chart.
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Arnold Kim / macrumors.com:
Apple's Focus on Games: Madden NFL 10, Nova, Assassin's Creed, Riddim Ribbon
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
AT&T:
AT&T to Make Faster 3G Technology Available in Six Major Cities This Year  —  Rollout of New Technology - HSPA 7.2 - Matched by Backhaul Deployment to Cell Sites to Support Surging Mobile Broadband Demand Throughout Evolution to 4G
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Experimental Desktop Notifications App For Mac Is Very, Very Slick  —  If you're on a Mac and you use Facebook frequently, you're going to love this.  We've stumbled across a new experimental application being developed in-house at Facebook that's called “Desktop Notifications”.
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora for Android  —  When we set out building Pandora four years ago we knew that our work wouldn't be done until we'd found a great way to unlock the service from the PC.  Just over a year ago the iPhone let us take the first compelling step in that direction and the year since has been filled …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone/Touch 3.1 Firmware adds Genius to Apps  —  Mea culpa.  I thought 3.1 wouldn't show today but I'm drunk most of the time.  The big news?  Genius for apps, allowing you to search for new apps based on apps you already own.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Macworld and AppleInsider
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Docs “hidden” viewer feature coming to Chrome OS  —  Over at Google OS today, Alex Chitu mentioned a “hidden” embeddable document viewer that is part of Google Docs.  The viewer can be embedded in any web page to enable inline display of PDF and PPT files.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft helps Best Buy employees troll Mac users, too  —  After our coverage from yesterday regarding Microsoft training material for Best Buy employees that not only makes Linux look bad, but is also full of inaccuracies, one of our faithful readers wrote in and said he could show us that Redmond was doing the same thing for Apple.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bing Loves The Porn Hounds  —  Bing is an excellent search engine.  For one thing the surprising early reviews probably forced Yahoo's hand as they entered into one of the dumber corporate transactions I've ever seen.  So, kudos to Bing.  Golf clap.  Etc.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Still Risks Having To Reveal Its Entire Source Code To Leader Technologies  —  An update to our earlier report about the recent ruling of a Magistrate Judge from Delaware's District Court, who ordered Facebook to give the decidedly low-profile company Leader Technologies access …
Discussion: Real Geek
AT&T:
AT&T Customers Enjoy Unlimited Calling to Their A-List  —  New Feature for Qualifying Plans Offers Unlimited Calling to Domestic Phone Numbers, Combined with Rollover Lets Users Keep the Minutes They Save
 
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