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9:20 AM ET, August 22, 2008

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Eric / Photography Bay:
Canon 50D Info Leaked - REAL SPECS!  —  Canon's China website has published specifications for the 50D in its public webspace.  Although the info is not on the front page of the site yet, it is accessible to anyone.  Here is the link (update: it's down, but this one is still live for the moment 11:51p.m.
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis On How To Get PR For Your Startup: Fire Your PR Company  —  For over ten years I've been in the unique position of being both a CEO and a journalist in the technology space.  My first company produced Silicon Alley Reporter magazine, where I held the dual titles of CEO and Editor.
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple's Ambitious iPhone 3G Plans  —  It intends to make at least 40 million iPhones in the next year; selling so many will hinge on global success and fixing connection glitches  —  Forecasting iPhone sales is one of tech's toughest guessing games.  Since Apple's iPhone 3G came storming …
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Chris Borowski / Reuters:
Actors paid to line up for iPhone launch in Poland  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - When Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rolled out its iPhone in the United States, some fans paid big money to be among the first to get their hands on the device.  In Poland, people are getting paid to line up.
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eWeek:
iPhone Poland Launch Used Lines of Actors to Hide Weak Demand
Discussion: Crave and Mashable!
Polvi / Extend Firefox:
Announcing the Extend Firefox 3 Winners  —  Extend Firefox 3 has wrapped up and we're very excited to announce the winners!  We received well over 100 entries, representing hundreds of hours of hard work from people around the world.  —  This contest had an extraordinary group of judges …
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Mozilla Labs:
Announcing the Extend Firefox 3 Contest Winners
Discussion: Profy
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:   Mozilla Crowns Best Firefox 3 Extensions
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Google Close To Mobile Search Deal  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is nearing an agreement with Google Inc. on a wide-ranging partnership, according to people familiar with the situation, in what could be a much-needed jolt for the anemic mobile search business.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Intel Demonstrates Wireless Power Technology  —  I have been waiting for this for years: Wireless battery chargers.  It'd make life so much easier.  Thankfully, Intel demonstrated its progress on this technology at its developer forum Thursday.  —  Intel's wireless power technology involves …
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Associated Press:   Intel shows how to send power wirelessly
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Who Says You Can't VoIP on Aircell, I just Did It  —  This post is dedicated to my father, the late Master Sergeant Bernard Abramson, who in the USMC fashion taught me that “the impossible we do right away, but miracles take a little longer.”  —  He would be proud.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook v. MySpace In The U.S. Market: The Music Factor  —  Facebook is now the largest social network in the world.  But they continue to trail MySpace by a massive 36 million users in the U.S., and at current growth rates it will take them 18 years to overtake them.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In India, Either Buy iPhones or Get a Family Car  —  OK, now I know I have your attention!  In India, the 3G iPhone goes on sale today and people are lining up to buy a device that is seriously, and I mean seriously, expensive.  Bharti Airtel and Vodafone (India) are the two carriers who are selling the device in India.
Synthy / Photosynth Blog:
Photosynth: Yikes!  —  We have been abolsutely overwhlemed by demand, and have turned Photosynth.com into a special static/read-only mode for the moment.  The team is hard at work adding capacity and getting the full site back online.  We've been under incredible demand since we released just over 12 hours ago.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Woz urges engineers to follow their hearts  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Steve Wozniak got his start as a down-to-earth engineer, but the Apple co-founder made the case for keeping your head in the clouds sometimes.  —  In an on-stage interview with Tech Nation's Moira Gunn here at the Intel Developer Forum …
Frederik Balfour / Business Week:
Chinese Censors Silence iTunes  —  In what appears to be the latest example of the long arm of Chinese censorship, the authorities have been blocking access to the iTunes library for the past several days.  According to discussions on Apple's online support page, users based in China …
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Agence France Presse:
Tiny nation of Niue gets laptop for every child  —  NIUE (AFP) - The tiny South Pacific nation of Niue Thursday became the first nation in the world to issue laptop computers to all its children, officials said.  —  Every primary and secondary school student was this week given a rugged …
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