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4:30 AM ET, September 3, 2007


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Patrick Altoft / SEOptimise:
Google Patents SMS Payment System  —  A new patent application published by Google gives a unique insight into a possible mobile version of Google Checkout.  —  The Text Message Payment patent, filed on February 28th 2006, details how text messages could be used to pay for goods …
Discussion: CrunchGear, CostPerNews and Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could GPay Be Google's Killer Phone App?  —  An interesting new patent was published August 30 that would suggest that Google is developing a mobile phone payment system.  —  The Text Message Payment patent details a system where by Google offers a mobile focused payments under the title of GPay.
Willpark / IntoMobile:
Google puts in patent application for SMS text message payment system - say what?  —  Wait, hasn't this already been done before?  Indeed it has.  SMS text message-based payment system have been in use for quite some time now, and it seems that Google has been keen to the new trend for about a year and a half.
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Google Checkout Precursor Gpay More Ambitious Than Paypal?  —  In April of 2006, I wrote about a patent application from Google that described a micropayment system.  Since then, we've seen Google launch another payment program, Google Checkout, that differs in a number of significant ways from that micropayment system.
Discussion: Techomical and Payments News
John Markoff / New York Times:
Software via the Internet: Microsoft in 'Cloud' Computing  —  The empire is preparing to strike back — again.  —  In 1995, Microsoft added a free Web browser to its operating system in an attempt to fend off new rivals, an effort ultimately blocked by the courts.
Mathew /
Google and the wires torpedo newspapers  —  A fascinating announcement from Google about an arrangement with four of the world's major wire services that will see their content featured more prominently on Google News.  As far as I can tell, this deal has one major loser: namely …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Multi-Day Paypal Subscription Outage  —  PayPal users are reporting the widespread failure of the PayPal subscription service.  —  According to user reports, the subscription service stopped working August 30 and remains down.  PayPal subscription payments are used widely by service providers …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What's Going On With PayPal?  Is eBay Communications Clueless?  —  Yesterday I logged into PayPal and attempted to "accept" a payment.  When I click accept, it goes to a page that has an html title of "page not found" and a link to "try again".  I waited 24 hours and then contacted support.
Discussion: White African and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Man & His 100 Mbps Fiber Connected Life  —  Swedish grannies are connecting to the net at 40 gigabits per second life; 100 megabit per seconds are becoming common place in Japan and Korea; and even French are dreaming of an ultra-fast fiber future.  And yet, in the US we are all stuck in the slow lane …
John 'CZ' Czwartacki / Verizon:
Meet Rich, the 100mbs Man  —  "100Mbs Home FiOS Connection Test" would have been a more descriptive title, but you get the point.  —  {SPAN>  —  Perhaps now we can replace envy of Swedish grandmothers' broadband trials with the pride that we've got some good speed demos right here in the US of A.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhoneSIMfree begins fulfilling bulk orders, apparently will not unlock end users' phones  —  Are you ready for it?  Looks like iPhoneSIMfree is.  A number of tipsters have sent us emails that they've received announcing the availability of the elusive software unlock — delivery on Tuesday, 4th of September.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Are You Getting Quechup Spammed?  —  One controversial issue among social networks is how hard they should push for user acquisition.  Most social networks these days let you to import your email address book in some way (Twitter is the latest), but most make it clear if they're about to mail your contacts.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Another Sony rootkit worms its way to the surface  —  Sony can't catch a break after their infamous rootkit scandal back in 2005.  In fact, we know from talking to security researchers and black hats alike that Sony is under the careful eye of many as a result of that major screw-up.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
Art of chatting face to face dying  —  Decrease Increase -  —  Submit comment:  —  THE introduction of e-mail, text messaging and iPods is causing a worldwide epidemic of shyness.  —  Psychologist, Harvard Business School researcher and etiquette columnist Robin Abrahams says societies have become filled with shrinking violets.
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