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6:50 AM ET, August 29, 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.
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 …
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Finance Chief to Resign  —  Google Inc. said Chief Financial Officer George Reyes plans to leave the Internet company, in one of the first departures from its top executive ranks.  —  Mr. Reyes, who is 53 years old and joined Google before its 2004 initial public offering …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bye, George! Google's CFO Reyes Hitting the Beach
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia Goes Web2ish, Launches 4 New Phones, Services  —  Nokia (NOK) is making a splash today with the launch of four new mobile phones, the Nokia music store, a Nokia N-Gage gaming site, and a web services portal called Ovi.  The company announced these new efforts at Go Play, an even the company is hosting in London.
Discussion: Inquirer, CNET and Engadget
the Nokia blog:
Nokia Go Play Virtual Event Itinerary  —  10 hours, 6 minutes ago in Preview, N95, N81 and N-Gage.  —  I told you how to get ready for the Nokia Go Play event, and now I'll tell you the what to expect in a few hours.  These are all based on the itinerary I received for the virtual event Nokia …
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 …
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!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Slide - One Million Flash Widgets Added Per Day  —  Slide, which makes slideshow and media widgets for the major social network platforms (including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Xanga, Tagged and Blogger) has announced that more than a million new flash widgets are being added to its network every day.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET   Boing Boing gets a semi-extreme makeover
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google, Microsoft-backed group ready to Defend Fair Use  —  Earlier this month, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed a complaint with the FTC alleging that professional sports leagues, Hollywood studios, and book publishers were all using copyright notices that misrepresented the law.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Unlocked iPhones highlight DMCA absurdities  —  As of late 2006, cell phone unlocking became legal in the US, but don't tell that to AT&T; the company has unleashed the lawhounds on UniquePhones, a Belfast-based company that claims to have developed a software-only method to unlock the iPhone.
Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
IPhone's Most Revolutionary Feature: Unauthorized Hacks
Discussion: WebProNews
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: VC Circle and Burnham's Beat
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sequoia Capital to Yale: "Invest or else"
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
FSF: Microsoft can't disavow GPL 3 obligations
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's KS20 ready for the suits with WinMo 6 and HSDPA  —  Oi, say 'ello to 12.8-mm thin LG KS20, the 3.2Mbps HSDPA cuz to their KU990 touchscreen hottie.  Although the KS20 shares much of the looks of the KU990, they've actually trimmed back the display to 2.8-inches (compared to 3-inches on the KU990) …
Discussion: Tech Blog
Nick / Rough Type:
Yahoo's change of venue  —  In a famous case back in 2000, a French court ordered Yahoo to remove Nazi memorabilia from its auction pages becuase the sale of such merchandise is prohibited in France.  Yahoo officials reacted with outrage, claiming that the French court had no authority over a U.S.-based Internet company like Yahoo.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
In Europe, a Push by Phone Companies Into TV  —  Several European phone companies plan to announce significant expansions of Internet protocol television, or IPTV, this week, led by Deutsche Telekom, which is spending 3 billion euros and has linked about 4 in 10 German households to broadband TV.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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Erica Ogg / CNET
Former Alienware developer invades the customized-PC space
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Patent Owner Sues the Internet
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Sky News:
Your Sat-Nav Nightmares Over... Maybe
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Symantec CEO: Microsoft security ware pricing 'monopolistic'
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Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
TV is dying, says Google expert
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