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9:30 PM ET, September 3, 2007


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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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Presentations and JotSpot Could Be Available Next Week  —  Google will participate at the Office 2.0 Conference that takes place next week in San Francisco.  Jonathan Rochelle, Product Manager at Google Spreadsheets, will be there:  —  "Almost a year ago - it was October 10-11 …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:   JotSpot = Google Wiki? and the launch of Google Presentations
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Whiting Out the Ads, but at What Cost?  —  MORE white space.  —  I sent an e-mail message to a friend telling him about Adblock Plus, an easy-to-use free addition to the Firefox Internet browser that deletes advertisements from Web sites.  That subject line of his reply summed it up quite nicely.
Nick / Rough Type:
Adblock Plus: the nuclear plug-in  —  Adblock Plus, the Firefox browser plug-in that erases advertisements from web pages, is a killer of a killer app - or at least it would be if it became widely popular.  Right now, it sits like a coyote at the edge of the net, quietly eyeing all the businesses it would happily devour.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Return Of The Schwag  —  The true hard core geek/fanboy crowd loved ValleySchwag when it launched in the Spring of 2006.  For $15 per month you would receive a package containing tshirts, stickers, pens and other junk that new startups pay a fortune to have created with their logo printed on it.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
Times of London:
Google looks at payments by mobile phone
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Shopping via SMS with Google's Gpay
Discussion: CrunchGear and UNEASYsilence
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Gpay: Google To Enable Payments On Mobile Devices Via SMS?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The hundred gadget giveaway starts midnight tonight  —  This one goes out to all the folks who've been waiting ever so patiently to take home some gear in an Engadget giveaway.  This week we're giving away over a hundred gadgets, games, swag bags, and the like — including an HDTV, a DSLR …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Digg
Rea Maor / Geeks and Technology:
7 Reasons Why Microsoft is DOOMED!  —  Not this year, not next year... but soon - almost certainly by the next decade.  —  #1. Their business model is a dead-end.  - Back when Microsoft first started business in 1980, software as a commodity was still a fuzzy concept.
Discussion: Channel 9 and The Open Road
Financial Times:
Chinese military hacked into Pentagon  —  By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Richard McGregor in Beijing  —  The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American ­officials.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Boing Boing
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Can you digg it?  —  As the social bookmarking site Digg often proves, mob wisdom is not always right - but it is interesting  — the wisdom of crowds?  —  The internet is big.  Really big, as Douglas Adams once said of space.  You'd need an army of people to monitor it and find things of interest.
Discussion: and Digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Coming soon: hard drives with 1GB+ DDR RAM cache  —  Hard drives have long utilized small bits of cache memory to boost performance, and some recent hybrid hard drives already combine up to 256MB of NAND flash memory with traditional platter-based storage.  Now a Japanese company called DTS …
Discussion: TechSpot News and
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
A boring rant  —  In the interest of keeping items brief I've cut the previous post and put the boring stuff here.  Enjoy.  Or don't enjoy, as the case may be.  Skip over it.  Whatever.  —  It's not just Disney and ABC that are out of touch.  Look at the management team at NBC Universal.
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: Exclusive Opera 9.5 Features & Video  —  CyberNet Exclusive Look  —  We've decided to break away from our normal CyberNotes today to take an exclusive look at the features in Opera 9.5 (codename Kestrel).  Opera has done a remarkable job of keeping the specs and features of Opera 9.5 under wraps.
Discussion: Download Squad, WinBeta and Slashdot
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.
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Arne Hess / the::unwired:
LEAK: First HP iPAQ 600 and iPAQ 900 renderings hit the Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Installer Thingy Coming This Week
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Discussion: Digg
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Dick / Ask the Wizard:
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Sony confirms security problem
Discussion: Engadget and p2pnet
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
A question for Twitter users out there