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2:20 PM ET, August 24, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone unlocked: AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity, August 24, 2007, 12:00PM EDT  —  It's high noon, Apple and AT&T — we really hate to break it to you, but the jig is up.  Last night the impossible was made possible: right in front of our very eyes we witnessed a full SIM unlock of our iPhone with a small piece of software.
rediff.com:
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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could The GPhone Be Nigh?  —  Todays completely unsubstantiated rumor comes from Rediff News, a usually well respected source of news based in India.  Rediff is reporting that the Google Phone is set to be launched in 2 weeks time!  The GPhone is said to simultaneously launch in both Europe …
Discussion: A VC and dailywireless.org
Bloomberg:
Google May Start New York Transit Guide to Boost Ads  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet search engine, provides online transit guides for more than a dozen U.S. cities including Dallas and San Diego.  Now it may take on the biggest.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google to add transit maps for New York
Discussion: Search Engine Land
vnunet:
Court orders pirate to use Windows  —  A man convicted of illegally downloading an episode of Star Wars has been told that he can no longer use his computer with an Ubuntu Linux operating system.  —  Scott McCausland pleaded guilty last year to 'conspiracy to commit copyright infringement …
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John Leyden / The Register:
Movie pirate forced to ditch Linux  —  House-arrest Ubuntu fan left staring at Windows  —  A BitTorrent admin convicted of uploading movie files is being forced to ditch Linux if he wants to use his PC.  —  Scott McCausland (AKA sk0t), the ex-admin of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Radio Saved - For Now  —  Net radio broadcasters have reached a deal with SoundExchange, the group that collects royalty fees for record labels, that will put a $50,000 cap on royalties for individual broadcasters.  The cap will apply to broadcasters as a whole.
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Billboard.Biz:
Major Labels, Large Webcasters Reach Agreement
Discussion: Contentinople and Coolfer
Nokia:
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 …
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Nokia battery recall to cost Matsushita up to $172m
Discussion: InfoWorld
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
IBM to open source collaboration software?  —  InfoWorld is reporting that IBM may soon open source key parts of its Jazz collaboration software.  Jazz comes from the Rational side of IBM's business, and is a development tool that facilitates code collaboration between developers.
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John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:   IBM may open source Jazz collaboration software
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Times Launches My Yahoo Clone A Decade Late  —  from the 1996-is-calling...-it-wants-its-idea- back dept  —  We were just wondering why the NY Times doesn't seem to understand the basic workings of the internet, and perhaps the answer is just that they're still a decade behind the rest of us.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Has What Facebook Will: Ad Targeting  —  Earlier this week, a lot of attention was paid to Facebook's new advertising platform, in particular how the company was going to let marketers use profile information to better target their ads.  It wasn't a surprise, given the fascination Silicon Valley has with Mark Zuckerberg's baby.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
'Hey!  Nielsen,' Why Are You Going Viral?  Researcher Develops Social Network To Measure TV, Internet, Music, Celebrities  —  FIRST THERE WAS MYSPACE.  THEN there was Facebook.  Now the world's biggest researcher is launching "Hey!  Nielsen," a new online social community where people can discuss …
Narayan Kamath / en.blog.orkut.com:
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 google.com.  But no matter when your first login was …
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: Insider Chatter and Social Media
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Five Suggestions to Improve Viddler  —  Continuing the "Five Things" trend, today we take a look at Viddler.  Viddler is currently my favorite video sharing service.  They kick YouTube's arse in every way, from their innovative timed tagging/commenting to larger-sized videos.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mary Meeker Fixes YouTube Math—Then Changes Assumptions to Back Into New Estimate  —  Morgan Stanley's Mary Meeker and team dutifully rechecked their YouTube advertising calculations and produced a new set of estimates this morning.  As expected, if Mary had stuck with the assumptions she made yesterday …
 
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Chris Baker / Wired News:
The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade, an Obscure Webcomic Turned Vidgame Empire
Discussion: Blue's News and digg
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Sergio iSpin iPod Sound Effect Mixer
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Facebook = Platform + Graph + Feed. It's that Simple. (& so am i)
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
YouTube vows to protect video makers in InVideo ads
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Source: Major Apple event on September 5th
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Capital, Rockin' to the Oldies
Discussion: VentureBeat and p2pnet
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New DRM scheme will let consumers stream cable TV over home networks
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Web Users Ignore Ads (and Newspaper Users Don't?)
Discussion: Lost Remote
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
SunRocket Sues Vonage Over Use of Customer List
Discussion: Profy.Com
Eva Glass / Inquirer:
AMD's Henri Richard rumored to be joining Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Conversation with KickApps SVP, Michael Chin
John Oates / The Register:
IBM and Microsoft launch battling unified comms packs
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
USA Today:
Wii still tops in sales; PS3 gains momentum
Discussion: Things That
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Is the digital pen mightier?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Susan Haigh / Associated Press:
Conn. offers high-tech voting lessons
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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