Google turns 10
September 7: Stanford University Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergei Brin formally incorporated their computer science research project on this date in 1998. The pair ran the fledgling company from a friend's garage in a small San Francisco Bay-area house. A decade later, Google is worth nearly $180 billion.
MTV Video Music Awards
September 7: The live television audience for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles won't have Britney Spears to kick around anymore. Even after last year's embarrassing lip-synched performance, some had speculated Spears would make a return to this year's awards show: A rumor her manager put to rest in late August.
Obama and Hollywood
September 9: It's probably not the best way to combat charges of running for president as an American Idol candidate, but it should bring in plenty of cash. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour will help headline a "Runway to Change" fundraiser for Barack Obama in New York City.
Nation of Service Forum
September 11: On the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Republican contender Sen. John McCain will join his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, at "A Nation of Service Forum." As in the Saddleback Forum in August, the two candidates will appear on stage separately at the event moderated by Time managing editor Richard Stengel.
Israeli primary elections
September 17: After a corruption scandal forced him to agree to step down, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will watch as Kadima party members vote to replace him atop Israel's majority party. The new leadership will take power until the next general election either in 2009 or 2010. Olmert had been under fire for allegedly accepting bribes from a Jewish-American businessman while he was running for mayor in Jerusalem.