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5:30 PM ET, September 12, 2009

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Erik Sherman / industry.bnet.com:
Apple Flubs iPod Event, Marketing Changing?  —  Apple has been the greatest corporate master, perhaps, of the event: keep a tight lid on announcements before, invite the faithful, have Steve Jobs bring in the worship, and keep people on the edges of their seats until the end.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Sprint CEO on Pre vs iPhone: “It's like comparing someone to Michael Jordan”  —  Charlie Rose asked Sprint CEO Dan Hesse about how the Palm Pre is doing against the Apple iPhone.  The bottom line: Well, but not too well.  It almost feels like he's admitting defeat from the start.
John Foley / InformationWeek:
First Look At Amazon's Oregon Data Center  —  See our photos of the e-commerce giant's new $100-million, 100,000-square-foot-plus site under construction along the Columbia River.  —  Amazon.com has confirmed that a major data center under construction on the Columbia River in Oregon belongs to the company.
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:   Report: Amazon halts work on Oregon data center complex
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hands-On: iPod Nano vs. Flip SD  —  We were intrigued and excited about the addition of a video camera to the iPod nano this week.  Apple threw the gauntlet down against the Flip in the battle to get stupidly simple video cameras into the hands of consumers.  But how do the two compare when used literally side-by-side?
Discussion: Beet.TV, Macworld and AppleInsider
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Review: Apple's fifth-generation iPod nano (2009)  —  The glossy-finished new fifth-gen iPod nano builds upon last year's tall and slim form factor by adding video recording, FM radio with iPod tagging and Live Pause, VoiceOver navigation, a built-in Nike+ step counter, and a slightly larger and improved 2.2" …
Discussion: Macworld, Technologizer and PC World
Boy Genius Report:
Yep, Motorola CLIQ definitely launching in October to T-Mobile  —  Thanks to one of our top ninjas, we've been able to score this shot of an internal T-Mobile PowerPoint clearly showing the Motorola CLIQ release date listed as October which further supports our previous story about a mid-October launch.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
How the Cliq May Make Handset Makers Uncomfortable
Discussion: PC World and Android Phone Fans, Thanks:atul
Jay Robinson:
Some Notes On iTunes LP  —  It's clear that I'm pretty excited about iTunes LP.  The “deluxe album” format from the iTunes Store is an attempt to revitalize music sales by providing an immersive digital experience complete with detailed art reminiscent of when people used to buy records.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Windows 7 upgrade can take nearly a day  —  While developing Windows 7, Microsoft ran many different performance tests to make sure the operating system was an improvement over its predecessors.  One of the tests focused on upgrade performance: Microsoft wanted to make sure …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Danny Sullivan: Carol Bartz Is The Sarah Palin Of Search  —  Danny Sullivan shares an interesting theory:  —  Is Carol Bartz the Sarah Palin of search?  You be the judge!  —  Danny has a bunch of other smart things to say about Carol and search, too.  (Click through here to access the links):
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Goodbye, Gobbledygook  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — For the last 30 years, the computer industry has bragged about its achievements.  And when the industry was excited about a breakthrough, it expected — even demanded — that consumers get excited, too.  But that less-than-symbiotic relationship may be coming to an end.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com, broadstuff and p2pnet
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD promotional videos offer brief glimpse at 3D gaming  —  Zune HD may really be just around the corner — this Tuesday, in fact — but there's still a few things we don't know about.  Enter a handful of promotional videos care of Buy TV to fill in some pieces.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
10 TechCrunch50 grads: Where are they now?  —  Tech blog TechCrunch is hosting the third iteration of its annual startup show next week, where 50 brand new sites and services are slated to be launched.  The show was started in early-2007 by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and entrepreneur …
Discussion: digg.com
Greg Sterling / Internet2Go:
Do iPhone Users Hate Ads?  —  As I said yesterday, reconciling all the conflicting survey and behavioral data on consumers' attitudes toward mobile advertising is difficult.  Generally speaking consumers will say they don't like ads on mobile devices, but respond to advertising and offers when they receive them.
Discussion: Chitika, TechCrunch and yardley.ca
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Chinese EBay Rival Aims for 1 Billion Global Users
Adrian Humphreys / National Post:
Google ordered to ID authors of emails to York University
Discussion: p2pnet and Beyond Search
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Support for versions 6.0 - 7.5 ends September 30th
Discussion: Softpedia News and WebProNews
Tom Krazit / Webware.com:
Why the DOJ wants more on Yahoo search deal
Discussion: internetnews.com
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google Economist Sees Positive Signs in Search Term Trends
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida Web sites down ahead of 9/11 anniversary
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Skype Deal Drama Gets Joost-ier
Discussion: CNET News and Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
Wall Street Journal Achieves Ad Placement Fail
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gawker
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
StalkerCheck, I Mean FanCheck: Explosive New App Gains 5 Million Users in One Day