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7:35 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
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com and textually.org
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
$100,000 offered to freely release iPhone unlocking software  —  Hey, that's what they claim: $100,000 in cold hard cash for the right to freely distribute the iPhone unlocking software onto the Nets.  Full credit given to the creator(s) of course with a proposed release date of Wed night at 12:00am (in some unspecified time zone).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Unlocked iPhones highlight DMCA absurdities
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.
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 …
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.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Vista Beta SP1 Leaked  —  Will the real Vista Beta SP1 please be released?  —  Starting in early August, beta versions of Windows Vista SP1 started to appear on BitTorrent sites such as Pirate Bay.  Over the Aug. 24 weekend, a new beta has appeared on the BitTorrent sites.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Odd-Magne Kristoffersen / KEEPiNG iT REAL:
Windows Vista SP1 6001.16633 Review
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
NewsGator launches new Facebook app, NewsFriends  —  NewsGator, makers of the popular online and offline RSS reader, have announced a new application they built for Facebook that allows users to read and share news in the monster of a social network.  —  The NewsFriends Facebook application …
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
NewsFriends? Facebook Anti Social Utility: Real Friends DON'T Share
Discussion: Scobleizer and Ken Yarmosh …
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Firms vs. Investors  —  Yale and the Like  —  Quietly Cite Pressure  —  To Back Offbeat Funds  —  Some top venture-capital firms eager to expand into new markets are twisting their investors' arms to get them to go along — or so say the investors.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sequoia Capital to Yale: "Invest or else"
Discussion: Valleywag
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple faces new class-action suit over locked iPhones  —  Apple Inc. is facing yet another class-action lawsuit over its iPhone, this time from a New York State resident who claims the company failed to adequately disclose to consumers that the handset is locked to AT&T's network and that using …
Discussion: Engadget, Apple 2.0 and MacSlash
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Apple?  —  The market is punk today …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
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 …
Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
TV is dying, says Google expert  —  One of the founding fathers of the internet has predicted the end of traditional television.  —  Vint Cerf, who helped to build the internet while working as a researcher in America, said that television was approaching its "iPod moment"
Discussion: TechFold and Digg
 
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Former Alienware developer invades the customized-PC space
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Caught In Yet Another Rootkit Mess?
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More BitTorrent Trackers Shut Down, Owner's Cover Blown
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