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12:00 PM ET, September 3, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five Facts About Google Phone  —  Is Google (GOOG) Phone fact or fiction?  Engadget says Google's entry into mobile phone business is for real, and the company is going to announce it soon.  Scott Kirsner talked to a bunch of folks over who are intimately familiar with the effort and outlined …
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Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Introducing the Google Phone  —  The Internet is buzzing about it, but only a privileged few know what it looks like, what it will do, or when it will hit the streets  —  Cambridge has a chocolate factory, and a Willy Wonka.  The chocolate factory is Google's local research lab …
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.
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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.
Patrick Altoft / SEOptimise:
Google Patents SMS Payment System
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.
Dburka / The Pownce Blog:
Fresh Features  —  We've just released a bunch of new stuff today to make Pownce even better.  There are a number of changes behind the scenes to help the site run faster as well as some sweet new things you can definitely see.  —  Upcoming Event Notifications
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.
BBC:
Mobiles to become digital wallets  —  The UK's big five mobile phone firms have switched on a payment system that turns handsets into digital wallets.  —  Called PayForIt, the scheme is designed for those buying goods and services with a value of up to £10.
Discussion: Tech.co.uk and mocoNews.net
BBC:
Sony confirms security problem  —  Electronics giant Sony has confirmed a recently discovered security flaw in some of its products that could leave PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.  —  The firm said that the fault, which affected software packaged with memory sticks, was developed by a third-party.
Discussion: Engadget
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Jotspot Coming to Google Apps as Google Wiki?  —  Since acquiring Jotspot last October, Google has been busy working on integrating the wiki service into its infrastructure.  —  In April this year, Jotspot's help and support pages moved to Google and a few months later Dave Girouard mentioned …
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 …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What's Going On With PayPal? Is eBay Communications Clueless?
Discussion: White African and TECH.BLORGE.com
BBC:
Nintendo dominates in console war  —  Nintendo's Wii continues to dominate the Japanese console market, according to latest sales figures.  —  Nintendo sold nearly a quarter of a million machines during August, whilst Sony sold just over 80,000 PlayStation 3s and Microsoft just 11,000 Xbox 360s.
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 …
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John 'CZ' Czwartacki / Verizon:
Meet Rich, the 100mbs Man
Discussion: ParisLemon
Flynn De Marco / Kotaku:
Random Act Of Kindness: Games, Hope and Charity  —  Games, Hope and Charity  —  It always warms my heart to hear gamers acting selflessly and this little tale from the halls of PAX is one that deserves telling.  —  Mr. Pulsar (pictured, above) arrived at PAX this year wanting to compete …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
A question for Twitter users out there  —  In the past week or so there has been talk about the informal use of tags in Twitter posts; also known as tweets, and using the pound key - # - as an identifier for those tags.  In theory I think this could be a great idea put I have a couple …
Dick / Ask the Wizard:
Lessons Learned: Obviously, it's not Obvious  —  To say that the Wizard has not been answering his mail would be a dramatic understatement.  Woe betide the person that has mistakenly turned to me for guidance over the past couple months.  What can I say, there are only so many hours in the day …
 
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Another Sony rootkit worms its way to the surface
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Nippon Airways working on wireless flight check-in
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