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10:20 AM ET, August 24, 2007


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Forget iPhone, the Gphone is here  —  Google, the nearly $13.5 billion search engine major, is believed to be a fortnight away from the worldwide launch of its much-awaited Google Phone (Gphone) and has started talks with service providers in India for an exclusive launch on one of their networks.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Could The GPhone Be Nigh?  —  Todays completely unsubstantiated …
USA Today:
Wii still tops in sales; PS3 gains momentum  —  Sony dropped the price on its PlayStation 3 in July — from $599 to $499 for its 60-gigabyte model — and got a bump in sales, but Nintendo's Wii continued to dominate by posting its largest monthly sales figure of 2007.
Discussion: Things That
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Sony Defeats Truman
Scott Hillis / Reuters:   Video game sales rise 37 percent in July
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   With 60% sales boost, PS3 is hotter but still in "last place"
Narayan Kamath /
Coming Soon: A New Look!  —  Remember the first time that you logged into orkut?  Maybe you received a coveted invitation from a friend, heard about it in a blog, or stumbled upon it when searching for a social network on  But no matter when your first login was …
Nokia and Matsushita Battery agree on costs related to BL-5C batteries  —  Matsushita Battery to cover the direct costs related to the advisory  —  Helsinki, Finland and Tokyo, Japan - Nokia and Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd. of Japan are in agreement that Matsushita will cover …
SoundExchange reaches Web royalties deal  —  SoundExchange Inc., an organization that collects royalties for musicians and record companies, agreed with a group representing Internet broadcasters to cap fees at $50,000 a year per webcaster.  —  The webcasters agreed to provide the agency …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Music industry caps fees for Webcasters
Discussion: and hypebot
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mitsubishi working on 3D Blu-ray players, displays  —  We've seen a couple attempts at large-scale 3D displays that split DLP's 120Hz display rate into two 60Hz HD fields, but Mitsubishi is apparently showing off a slightly more advanced version of the technology at The Barclay's PGA Tour event, featuring 3D content on Blu-ray discs.
Greg Tarr / TWICE:
Mitsubishi Evolves 3D DLP Technology
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Seriously Pushing For WTO Approval To Distribute Free Music And Movies  —  Since 2003, we've been following the saga of Antigua's fight against the US in the World Trade Organization.  Basically, Antigua argued that the US's ban on online gambling violated the free trade agreement …
Discussion: Inquirer
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
In Primary, Tech's Home Is a Magnet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa, the place to be is the state fair.  Diners are popular in New Hampshire.  But for those visiting Silicon Valley, it's the Googleplex.  —  The destination, Google's headquarters …
Discussion: Social Media
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times (NYT) Launches MyTimes.  Cool, But Ten Years Too Late  —  The New York Times continues to add to its impressive online site, rolling out a "MyTimes" feature today that has been behind a beta wall since last year.  The feature looks slick: Customizable widget boxes featuring …
Josh Lowensohn /
YELP LAUNCHES EVENTS, A WORTHY UPCOMING.ORG COMPETITOR  —  There's no doubt Yelp was going to add a local events and calendaring functionality to their popular user reviews service, and today they've done it with a new feature called Events.  Coincidentally, last week brought about a refresh …
Discussion: Scobleizer, OnoTech and PC4Media
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
IBM may open source Jazz collaboration software  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - IBM's Rational Software unit is considering putting parts of its Jazz collaboration framework into open source, according to an executive of the company.  —  "We might think about open-sourcing some of the very lowest layers …
Discussion: CNET
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Data center efficiency - the good, the bad and the way too hot  —  Meat Cast Ah, data center efficiency.  The big vendors have embraced this topic like an admin embraces a bag of Dorritos.  —  Luckily, we're here to separate fact from fiction.  Episode 5 of Semi-Cohernet Computing …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Is the digital pen mightier?  —  For decades, tech companies have been trying to create a digital pen that appeals to the masses.  But after years of effort, the world isn't exactly overrun with high-tech quills.  —  A new crop of companies, however, say it's too soon to write off the idea.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Firefox ad-blocker extension causes angst  —  (InfoWorld) - A Web site owner has blocked Firefox users from accessing his site in protest of a popular browser extension that blocks text and display ads.  —  Firefox users who go to are redirected to Why Firefox is Blocked …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Princeton's itty bitty USB Bluetooth 2.0+EDR module  —  Remember that crazy small, RF receiver used with Logitech's VX Nano?  Meet the Bluetooth 2.0+EDR equiv, the Princeton's PTM-UBT3S which measures just 19-mm (0.75-inches) long.  So yeah, it's small, in fact, it's claimed …
Discussion: DailyTech
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MocoSpace Has Strong Growth; Race To Be MySpace For Mobile  —  Forget watching the big social networks slug it out for market share.  People want to take their social networks with them when they step away from the computer.  That means applications have to be mobile friendly.
Discussion: rb.trends
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Subprime Fallout Could Help Venture Capitalists
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The zunePhone  —  Mark sent us this silly mockup of a zunePhone …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Two Deals Show Skype's Relevance In New Work Space
George Hotz / Finding JTAG on the iPhone:
Step 1  —  First, I would like to say thanks again to gray …
Discussion: Inquirer and WinBeta
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Nikon and Canon Offer High-End Cameras in Fight for Pro Market
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Bigger is better: send files up to 2GB for free
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Shopping from your cell phone
Discussion: Cool Hunting
Cade Metz / The Register:
Vonage attacked by defunct rival
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
U of Tennessee student says RIAA subpoena violates federal privacy law
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Running a battery on sugar
George Ou:
Can owning a Wi-Fi Skype phone land you in jail?
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
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