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10:55 PM ET, August 28, 2007

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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
Discussion: CrunchGear, mocoNews.net and Gizmodo
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Getting to the bottom of the gPhone rumors
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
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 …
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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Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
IPhone's Most Revolutionary Feature: Unauthorized Hacks
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Unlocked iPhones highlight DMCA absurdities
Discussion: Digg
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
iPhone unlocker trades phone for 'sweet' car
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
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The eight ways you can be my friend (or enemy) online  —  Two posts caught my eye this morning:  —  Steve Rubel: The Web changes how we define friendship.  —  Donna Bogatin: Real friends don't share.  —  I've been hanging out in my Kyte chat room on and off since Sunday …
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Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews.com:
Google Facebook Application a Hoax?
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.
Discussion: Burnham's Beat
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sequoia Capital to Yale: "Invest or else"
Discussion: Valleywag
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's on: Apple event slated for September 5th  —  Well the rumors have been floating around for a few days, and now we've gotten official word — in the form of the invite you see above — that Apple will be holding a "special event" on September 5th.  Let the speculation begin!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple now sells more than one in six laptops in U.S.  —  Coming next: A top-to-bottom iPod refresh, says analyst  —  Apple Inc.'s share of the laptop market is growing — the company now sells more than one in every six laptops purchased in the U.S., a research firm said today.
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Earthlink Layoff Aftermath: Employees Speak Out  —  Since posting the original tip about Earthlink weeks ago, the comments attached to the post have become a kind of sounding board for current and former Earthlink employees.  The comments have included rants, anecdotal work stories …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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.
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Greg Bluestein / Associated Press:   EarthLink to cut 900 jobs, close offices
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Symantec CEO: Microsoft security ware pricing 'monopolistic'  —  (InfoWorld) - Symantec Chairman and CEO John Thompson blamed Microsoft on Tuesday for the current pricing competition his company faces in the consumer security market, suggesting Microsoft's pricing scheme for its first entry into the space is "monopolistic."
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Neowin.net
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Former Alienware developer invades the customized-PC space
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Dan Primack / PE HUB:
From the Filings...  What follows is a set of VC funding items culled …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel prepping server chip launch event
Discussion: Macsimum News
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Open-Source Licensing Suffers Setback in Court
Discussion: InfoWorld
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Patent Owner Sues the Internet
BBC:
Russian music site to 'relaunch'
The Boy Genius Report:
Pantech C810 says, "Hello"
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: TorrentSpy must preserve data in RAM
Discussion: Profy.Com
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Vista Beta SP1 Leaked
Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
TV is dying, says Google expert
Discussion: TechFold and Digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Videohybrid 3.0: I Can't Believe This Hasn't Been Banned Yet
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
BabyCenter Acquires Mom-Focused Social Network Maya's Mom …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking Goes Professional
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