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11:30 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.
Bonnie Cha / CNET
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.
Meet Ovi, the door to Nokia's Internet services  —  London, UK - Nokia today introduced Ovi, the company's new Internet services brand name.  With the introduction of Ovi, Nokia is expanding from a focus on mobile devices to offering a range of Internet services.
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 …
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Nokia shows mobile users the door
Go Play: Nokia unveils four devices optimized for entertainment, music and games
Discussion: Mobility Site and
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.
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 …
Antonis Kaladis /
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
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
Caroline McCarthy / Press Association: to host nationwide concert tour  —  In a move that further shapes its image as an MTV-like pop-culture hub as well as a social network, News Corp.'s has announced that it will be holding a concert tour this fall.  —  Appropriately called the MySpace Music Tour …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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."
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
Miriam Olsson / CNET
Tuning his tech chops at Facebook  —  newsmaker Facebook's Joe Hewitt is not one of the kids anymore.  —  Hewitt, who began his coding career hacking away at his dad's computer at the age of 7, dropped out of college to join Netscape in 2000.  He was a member of the Firefox crew that built …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Farecast Now Provides Data On Fairness Of Hotel Pricing  —  Seattle based Farecast, a startup that launched about 18 months ago to focus on predicting flight prices and guaranteeing users against increases, just expanded to help people find deals on hotel rooms as well.
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Does Google own your content?
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iTunes Store Launches U.K. TV Downloads; Crippled By Lack Of Domestic Programming
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future
Discussion: Napsterization and Lost Remote
Acer to also acquire Packard Bell following Gateway deal
Discussion: Channel 9 and The Tech Report
Bill Kee / Official Google Blog:
Lights, camera, Gmail
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Those Cross-Browser Blues: How To Develop Web Sites For Both …
Discussion: Blogs and Digg
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UPDATED: EMI's New Execs, And More Changes To Come By October
Tony Smith / The Register:
MS, Mitsubishi tout translucent touchscreen concept
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Digital Tech News:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP: Let's speed this Oracle case up
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony announces 15 new Bravia 1080p HDTVs, including 70-inch LCD
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Earthlink Layoff Aftermath: Employees Speak Out
5 new Nokia phones due tomorrow; we got them now