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1:45 PM ET, September 9, 2009

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Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple “It's only rock and roll” event coverage  —  This is the place to be for live coverage of Apple's “It's only rock and roll, but we like it” event.  We know Apple will, as always, trot out this year's line of iPods, but we'll have to wait to find out if they've got anything else up their sleeves.
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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: AppleInsider and eWeek
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs Is Back In The Game, Reappears In iPod Event
Discussion: AppleInsider
Damian Koh / CNET News:
Apple iPod touch G3 and nano G5 leaked?  —  Looks like third-party accessories maker Cygnett has stolen the thunder from Apple by unveiling new casings for the iPod touch G3 and iPod nano G5.  What?  You haven't heard of these two iPods before?  Well, that's because they haven't been announced, not officially anyway.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple slashes iPod prices up to $120  —  In an early-morning teaser, Apple (AAPL) has chopped $20 to $120 off the prices of most of its iPod line.  —  The new prices were posted only hours before a special music event at which Apple is expected to replace most if not all of its existing iPods …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Incredible Shrinking iPod Prices Undercut The Zune HD  —  We're still hours away from Apple's event today in San Francisco, but that apparently hasn't stopped the company from releasing some changes in its own store.  The main thing to note is the prices of the various iPod lines, especially the iPod touch.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The Palm Pixi is official, headed to Sprint this holiday season — we've got hands-on and video!  —  The Palm Pixi has officially arrived, and if you're an avid reader of Engadget (you'd better be), this device should look a little bit familiar to you.  We first broke specs and images of the phone …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Palm Pixi Hands On: The Smaller Pre With A Better Keyboard and No Wi-Fi
Discussion: CIO.com and I4U News
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Snubs New York And San Francisco On 3G Upgrades  —  Don't count on getting the network speed boost your new iPhone 3GS is supposed to provide — until next year at the earliest — if you live in iPhone meccas New York or San Francisco.  —  AT&T announced new details on its network upgrade plans today …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Finally Marries SMS And Email  —  A long requested feature of Google Voice was a simple one: forward inbound text messages to email.  Google Voice users get voicemails auto-transcribed and emailed to them, but text messages were not.  Users can read and respond to them online …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter And The Revenue Dilemma  —  One thing every venture capitalist knows but rarely talks about is the “revenue problem” with hot startups.  When a startup is “growing like gangbusters” as Twitter cofounder Biz Stone told Bloomberg today, they tend to get a lot of attention from suitors.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech, Inc.com and Dealscape
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Twitter to Generate Revenue as Site Grows Like ‘Gangbusters,’ Stone Says  —  Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc., the Web site that lets people post 140-character messages, plans to add services for businesses that will generate revenue in the fourth quarter, co-founder Biz Stone said.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Simple, Secret iPhone Tethering Fix  —  As Apple's music event draws closer, there's plenty of speculation that a new version of iTunes might be nigh—and with it, a pwn-resistant version of iPhone OS 3.1.  So with a healthy fear of Apple's anti-hacker scheming, it bears mentioning …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The iPhone Blog
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Fall TV's Biggest Hit: HULU  —  The fall TV season starts this week and this year it'll be easier than ever to find all that content online-on Hulu.  —  I sat down with Jason Kilar, the CEO of the two-year-old startup to hear where he thinks the company-and the industry-is headed next.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist:
Hulu Looking To Partner With Cable Companies, Act As Portal To Premium Content
Discussion: The Equity Kicker, Thanks:michaelklurfeld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
One More Googler Gone: DoubleClick Ad Exchange Boss Michael Rubenstein  —  Google employs about 20,000 people, and I don't expect to write a story every time one leaves.  That said, here's another one: Michael Rubenstein, who ran DoubleClick's Ad Exchange unit and who was running the same project …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
US Government To Embrace OpenID, Courtesy Of Google, Yahoo, PayPal Et Al.  —  During the video interview with OpenID evangelist Chris Messina I recorded earlier this year at a German conference about the state of OpenID, he expressed his wish that the Obama administration would soon start …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Avid launches consumer versions of Pro Tools audio editing suite  —  Pro Tools is something of an industry standard when it comes to digital audio editing.  Sure, there are other applications for Windows, Mac, or Linux that are cheaper, or which can do many of the same things.
Discussion: Macworld
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre falls to $149.99 on Sprint  —  Nothing like the announcement of a new webOS device to spur a price drop on the first, is there?  The Palm Pre — which has held steady at the $199.99 on-contract price it launched at back in June — has finally taken a rumored $50 dip down to $149.99.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
TweetDeck adds MySpace support, directory of Twitter users  —  I just got off the phone with TweetDeck founder and former one-man team Iain Dodsworth.  In 2007, Dodsworth got sick of single-column Twitter clients and wrote his own application that took the complete opposite approach.
Jerry A. Dicolo / Wall Street Journal:
Numbers Don't Add Up for TI Calculator  —  New Graphing Device Is More Than Some Students Need as Old Models Hold Their Own  —  Facing competition from iPhones and other devices that have caught on with the high school set, Texas Instruments Inc. is trying to inject some new life into its popular line of graphing calculators.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Riot Games launches hardcore fighting game in China, gets $8M boost  —  Riot Games has raised $8 million in additional venture capital for its online fighting game.  The investment was led by Chinese social media giant Tencent, which plans to publish the game in China.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Everything You Need To Know About Salesforce's Service Cloud 2  —  In Salesforce.com's most recent earnings call, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff strongly emphasized that the Service Cloud, which was launched in January, was one of the fastest growing segments of the company's business.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How To: See When Your Tweets Are Favorited, by RSS  —  Tweets on Twitter, you can favorite them - but do people take the time to?  It turns out they do and someone's probably been favoriting Tweets from you, too.  Favstar is a new service that tracks the most favorited tweets tweeted and finds some pretty funny stuff that way.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Socialtext Launches Mobile Version Of Twitter-Like Collaboration Platform  —  Collaboration platform Socialtext is taking its package of enterprise 2.0 services to the smartphone.  The startup has launched Socialtext Mobile, a web-based mobile version of the Socialtext collaboration platform.
Microsoft:
Tesco and Microsoft Bring Next-Generation Movie Experience to U.K. Consumers  —  New virtual DVD provides ability to download entertainment including movies with rich video quality, interactivity and bonus content previously available only on a disk.  —  Tesco, one of the world's leading retailers …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Blade Network nabs $10m in funding  —  Shy server maker kicks in some dough  —  Blade Network Technology - the blade switching business that was mercifully spun out of Nortel Networks before the Canadian firm collapsed - has locked down some Series B funding to help it bolster its business …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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David Maynor / Errata Security:
Tweet Theft Spam
Discussion: Softpedia News and threatpost
James Dao / New York Times:
Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Android Phones Proliferate
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Skype Taps ShoreTel for Enterprise Play
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
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Dell Launches Easier-to-Manage SMB Servers
Discussion: eWeek and Linux.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Anonymized” data really isn't—and here's why not
Discussion: AppScout and digg.com
Timothy B Lee / Bottom-up:
Nathan Myhrvold's Evil Genius
Discussion: open
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Doloto tool makes AJAX webpages more responsive