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9:40 AM ET, August 29, 2007

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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.
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Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
Nokia N95: Bigger, badder, and made for the U.S.A.  —  Man, does it feel like Christmas in August or what?  Yeah, you know what I'm talking 'bout.  In addition to several other product and service announcements today, Nokia introduced two new models of the coveted Nokia N95 smart phone: an 8GB version and a North America edition.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Nokia:
Go Play: Nokia unveils four devices optimized for entertainment, music and games  —  London, UK - Alongside the introduction of Ovi, the door to Nokia's new Internet services, Nokia today unveiled four new mobile devices specifically optimized for entertainment, music and games.
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Mobility Site
Nokia:
Get out and play - with N-Gage games in your Nokia device
Majia Palmer / Financial Times:
Nokia set to strike note with iTunes rival
Mark Guim / the Nokia blog:
Live at the Nokia Go Play Virtual Event
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Mashable!
AppleInsider:
Apple confirms "Special Event" on September 5th  —  Apple Inc. will use a special media event on September 5th to introduce a new array of digital media offerings, according to digital invitations issued to analysts and members of the media Tuesday afternoon.
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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!
Antonis Kaladis / AutoPatcher.com:
Sad day  —  Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history.  As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Launches Application Start Page  —  Online office tools provider Zoho today released a beta version of Zoho Start, a launch pad for Zoho's suite of office applications.  Zoho currently offers a suite of 16 separate apps and utilities, and while they have a common login …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail  —  The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP.  The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot News
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Patent Owner Sues the Internet
Discussion: Inquirer
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 …
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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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Finance Chief to Resign
IDC Home:
Some Social Networks May Never Support Brand Advertising, IDC Finds  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass., August 28, 2007 -Hundreds of millions of U.S. consumers have adopted social networking services as a tool to manage their social networks and express themselves.  Spreading like wildfire …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Hires Co-Inventor of Image Resizer Technology  —  The day before yesterday I showed the above video (it has now been viewed nearly 100,000 times), which shows some jaw dropping examples of next generation image manipulation, and said "I want this in PhotoShop immediately."
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
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP: Let's speed this Oracle case up  —  SAP is arguing for a "prompt resolution" of the Oracle suit, which alleges "corporate theft on a grand scale."  —  Oracle and SAP on Tuesday filed their case management conference statement in the lawsuit.  These documents are part of the jockeying …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Getting to the bottom of the gPhone rumors  —  The grapevine is buzzing this week over the "gPhone," Google's long-rumored mobile device that has been in the works for some time now.  And while some of the rumors may carry more merit than others, history has shown that when news picks up, something is on the way.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Google is working on a mobile OS, and it's due out shortly
Digital Tech News:
Samsung Q1U-SSDXP, Q1U-ELXP and Q1U-XP UMPC Models Announced  —  Samsung Electronics has updated the Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC with three new Ultra Mobile PCs, the Q1U-SSDXP, the Q1U-ELXP and the Q1U-XP which are all based on the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system.
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.
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Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
IPhone's Most Revolutionary Feature: Unauthorized Hacks
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
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