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Apple Working on iPhone Nano?

Apple is reportedly working on another new iPhone–a smaller device designed to compete with the proliferation of cheaper smartphones running Android. Sources who’ve seen a prototype of this iPhone…Nano tell Bloomberg that it’s about one-third smaller than the iPhone 4 and that Apple is considering selling it for about $200, off contract thanks to a Universal SIM–if it decides to release it at all.

PayPal Hires VP of Global Design From Apple

PayPal has hired Sarah Brody, a seven-year veteran of Apple, to the position of VP of Global design.

Steve Jobs on Why Facebook Is Not Part of Apple's New Ping Music Social Network: "Onerous Terms"

Yesterday, at the Apple music event in San Francisco, I had a short chat with Apple CEO Steve Jobs about its new social music service, called Ping. Essentially, it is a vertical version–in this case for music–of Facebook. But, except for Apple borrowing the blue color scheme from the powerful social networking site, Facebook is nowhere on Ping. So, Jobs explained why.

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Indian Firms Shift Focus to the Poor

Indian companies, long dependent on hand-me-down technology from developed nations, are becoming cutting-edge innovators as they target one of the world’s last untapped markets: the poor.

Apple’s iTunes 9 Makes it Easier to Share, Organize

Walt Mossberg reviews Apple’s free iTunes 9 update, which has two outstanding features: Home Sharing and an easier way to organize your library.
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NPD: Mac Sales Up Seven Percent, iPod Sales Down 16 Percent

Apple’s September quarter is shaping up to be a good one, if the latest metrics from NPD as reported by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster are any indication. According to the research outfit, Mac sales for July and August are up seven percent year-over-year.
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Weekend Update: 9.12.2009–Now in Eight Shiny New Colors

While the highlight of the week was undoubtedly Apple’s Rock and Roll event on Wednesday featuring Steve Jobs 2.0, that was only the anodized aluminum, candy-colored, video-shooting cherry on top of another week of tech sector reporting from All Things Digital.
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High Point of Apple Event: Upgraded CEO

After nearly a year out of the public eye, Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to it yesterday at the company’s annual music event. It was his first public appearance at an Apple gathering since Oct. 14, 2008, when he uncrated the company’s new unibody MacBooks, and it far overshadowed the new products he was about to announce. In fact, it could be argued that public confirmation of Jobs’s health since his return to the company was truly the most significant announcement of the day.
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"Hummer of Cellphones" a Bestseller at AT&T

Apple’s iPhone continues to be AT&T’s marquee handset, though the data-guzzling “Hummer of cellphones,” as the New York Times has dubbed it, has inspired widespread customer dissatisfaction with the carrier’s network. Indeed, according to Piper Jaffray, the iPhone 3G and 3GS are AT&T’s top-selling phones.
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And Lo, Jobs Appeared and Said "No, This Is the Best iPod Ever," and It Was, and There Was Much Rejoicing

When Steve Jobs described the iPhone at D5 as “the best iPod we’ve ever made,” he set the bar high for future iterations of the iconic device. Now, in the run-up to tomorrow’s invitation-only Apple event, the question is: Will Apple reach the bar? And with what? The answer, if the latest rumors prove true, depends on your feelings about iPods with cameras.
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