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12:05 PM 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 USA  —  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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N81 slider is an 8GB N-Gager
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:   Nokia's big day  —  Nokia shot to center stage of cell phone land today …
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Speculation: The Beatles on iTunes Sept. 5  —  Yesterday afternoon, Apple (AAPL) e-mailed out press invitations to a "special event" to be held next Wednesday in San Francisco's Moscone Center, and ever since speculation has been mounting that this will be the day that Steve Jobs announces …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
NewCo finally gets a name: Hulu  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal have finally announced the name for their much talked about NewCo online video effort: Hulu.  CEO Jason Kilar explains the reasons why they picked the name. … The company is going to go into a private beta in October 2008.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Breaking: News Corp. and NBC Universal Unveil Official Name for Online Video Venture  —  This just in... the un-named online video venture from News Corp. and NBC Universal now has a name: Hulu.  Details are just coming in but here is the release:  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal today announced that …
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 …
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Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future  —  TOKYO — Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.  —  Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper.  Japan has the world's fastest Internet connections …
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.
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
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Web Toolkit jumps out of beta  —  Google's previously developed in house Web Toolkit, has been taken out of beta mode and released into the wild for JAVA developers to pounce on and enjoy.  —  The new release is GWT 1.4, and if you aren't that familiar with what it is capable of …
Discussion: WebProNews
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Inside DCSNet, the FBI's Nationwide Eavesdropping Network  —  The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Discussion: dslreports.com
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
Ken Norton / Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog:
How Docs & Spreadsheets grew at Google  —  When we first launched Docs & Spreadsheets last fall, we brainstormed different ways to drive awareness and adoption inside of Google.  Should we hold a contest?  Put up posters?  But before we knew it, something interesting happened — Googlers just started using it.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
Dot-com names get dottier
Alexkoc / Windows Genuine Advantage:
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CBS, Dell Ink Wallstrip Deal
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Does Google own your content?
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
iTunes Store Launches U.K. TV Downloads; Crippled By Lack Of Domestic Programming
DigiTimes:
Acer to also acquire Packard Bell following Gateway deal
Bill Kee / Official Google Blog:
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Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Those Cross-Browser Blues: How To Develop Web Sites For Both …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Farecast Now Provides Data On Fairness Of Hotel Pricing
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Tony Smith / The Register:
MS, Mitsubishi tout translucent touchscreen concept
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Venturer HD DVD Player to Ship in Time for 2007 Holiday Sales
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Samsung Q1U-SSDXP, Q1U-ELXP and Q1U-XP UMPC Models Announced
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Hires Co-Inventor of Image Resizer Technology
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google, Microsoft-backed group ready to Defend Fair Use
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