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3:10 PM ET, September 9, 2009

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iTunes Connects With Facebook And Twitter  —  Apple's Rock and Roll event is in full swing, and they've just announced that you'll be able to share albums you're interested in over Facebook and Twitter.  This isn't exactly a unique feature — we've seen music sites like Lala and plenty …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News, AppleInsider and Apple
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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.
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)  —  • Integrated mic
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPod Nano Gets A Video Camera — iPod Touch Doesn't  —  As expected, Apple will build video cameras into its new iPods.  —  But there's a twist: It appears only the iPod nano will have a video camera — not the iPod touch, as previously reported.  (Perhaps rumors of delays are true.)
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Steve Jobs Is Back In The Game, Reappears In iPod Event  —  And on the third keynote, he speaketh again.  And the people rejoiced, and feasted upon the lambs and iPods, and carp and anchovies, and iPhones and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats and tempura tofu plates.  Steve Jobs is on stage:
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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 …
Discussion: PR Newswire, Engadget and Electronista
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.
Discussion: Apple, MobileCrunch and Engadget
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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: Macworld and AppleInsider
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.
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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 …
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
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple's iPod shuffle Now Starts at Just $59  —  World's Smallest Music Player Now in Five Great Colors  —  Apple® today announced that iPod shuffle®, the world's smallest music player and the first music player to talk to you, is now available starting at just $59 …
Discussion: Engadget
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AppleInsider:
Apple's new iPod shuffle comes with more headphone options
Discussion: Macworld and MacRumors
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
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 …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to skip operator tailoring for Linux phones  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj plans to skip tailoring software of its upcoming top-of-the-range model N900 to different operators, raising the risk some carriers, who focus on integrating their own software, could refuse to offer the model.
Discussion: Electronista and FierceWireless
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
College Humor Dudes Grow Up, Move Into Dad's House  —  College Humor dude Ricky Van Veen has graduated from his old gig to a new one, running a TV and Web video production company for Barry Diller.  But he's not leaving his old crew behind: They're about to pack up and follow him to Diller's IAC headquarters.
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.
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Microsoft: Google Books is illegal ‘joint venture,’ not settlement  —  The Google Books settlement resembles not a compromise position between two opposing parties but a “joint venture” between business partners, Microsoft charges in its objection to the settlement.
Discussion: eWeek, p2pnet, CNET News, The Register and PC Pro
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.
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.
 
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