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8:25 PM ET, August 28, 2007

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Google:
George Reyes To Retire As Google CFO  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that George Reyes has informed the company of his intention to retire as Chief Financial Officer.  Reyes indicated that he will remain to assist in the search for a new CFO and to assure an orderly transition …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bye, George!  Google's CFO Reyes Hitting the Beach  —  Google's CFO George Reyes is calling it quits after a spectacular five years at the Googleplex.  Among other successes, George guided Google through an unorthodox, much-maligned, but ultimately highly successful IPO …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Google is working on a mobile OS, and it's due out shortly  —  Can it be true?  Is the Googlephone nigh at hand?  Not that we haven't been hearing this time after time (after time after time, etc.), but we've actually got some hot news from a number of very trustworthy sources about Google's plans for the mobile space.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lots and Lots of Google Phone Rumors: HTC, Android, and even Yahoo in the mix  —  The pace of rumors and leaks around the fabled Google Phone is picking up, suggesting that Google is making a real push to launch something early next year and is no longer trying to keep everyone quiet.
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Welcome to the new Boing Boing!  —  I'm writing this from Boulder, Colorado, which seems like a good place to make this announcement — it was in this town that Carla Sinclair and I launched bOING bOING as a print zine in 1988.  During the past 19 years we've gone through many changes — from zine to webzine to directory to blog.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Boing Boing gets a semi-extreme makeover
Brett Smith / FSF:
Microsoft cannot declare itself exempt from the requirements of GPLv3  —  "Microsoft has engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the software industry for many years, and has sought to attack free software for almost as long," Free Software Foundation says  —  The Free Software Foundation …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
FSF: Microsoft can't disavow GPL 3 obligations
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Free Software Foundation: No GPLv3 exemptions for Microsoft
GEARFUSE:
5 new Nokia phones due tomorrow; we got them now  —  We received a whole bunch of press photos for Nokia's announcement in London tomorrow, and decided to share with you.  Supposedly there would be 5 phones all focused on entertainment. the N81 gaming phone, N95 music edition with 8GB memory built in …
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
The Steve Jobs master plan: iPhone hacking  —  When Steve Jobs and company first envisaged the iPhone, a few things surely came to mind.  First, Apple wanted a phone with an appealing design and advanced functionality.  In essence, the company wanted a device that was nothing like its predecessors.
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Odd-Magne Kristoffersen / KEEPiNG iT REAL:
Windows Vista SP1 6001.16633 Review  —  As mentioned last week a new version of Vista SP1 was released to testers, 6001.16633.070803-1655.  This version is a standalone update pack that can be installed in any edition of Vista RTM and is not a fully integrated SP1 ISO unlike …
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Vista Beta SP1 Leaked
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PR Newswire:
Earthlink Announces Corporate Restructuring  —  First Step in Ongoing Efforts to Optimize Cost Structure and Boost Growth  —  Company also Authorizes Additional $200 Million to Repurchase Shares  —  ATLANTA, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — EarthLink, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELNK - News) today announced a corporate restructuring plan.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking Goes Professional  —  Doctors, Salesmen, Executives Turn to New Sites to Consult,  —  Commiserate With Peers; Weeding Out Impostors  —  When radiation oncologist Michael Tomblyn recently saw a 21-year-old patient whose eye was protruding from its socket, he turned to his fellow physicians for help.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Patent Owner Sues the Internet  —  Maybe they haven't sued the whole Internet, just a good chunk of it.  Polaris IP, a patent firm, has filed a patent infringement suit against Google, Yahoo, Amazon.com, A9.com, Borders, AOL and IAC/InterActiveCorp, which owns Ask.com.
Jon Van / Chicago Tribune:
City disconnecting from Wi-Fi vision  —  Chicago is curtailing its digital dreams, deciding to back away from municipal Wi-Fi service after failing to reach agreement with either of two companies that sought to build a wireless Internet network in the city.  —  The move comes as municipal …
 
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Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
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Sony Caught In Yet Another Rootkit Mess?
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