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12:50 PM ET, August 22, 2008

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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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon, Google getting chummy on mobile search?  —  Verizon Communications and Google are reportedly close to a partnership that could bring the search giant's services to its wireless unit and perhaps TV and broadband services too.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon and Google are talking about a partnership.
Discussion: Inquirer, eWeek and Electronista
Charles Wiles / Google Mobile Blog:
New Gears Geolocation API powers mobile web sites  —  Imagine if web sites could provide you with customized information based on your current location, even if you don't have GPS.  Today we're launching the Gears Geolocation API for mobile and desktop browsers, while two third-party developers …
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Steve Block / Google Code Blog:
Two new ways to location-enable your web apps  —  We just launched two new ways to give your web apps free and secure access to a user's location, without requiring that user to enter it manually.  —  First, there's the AJAX API property that provides a simple way to get an approximate …
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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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
The top 15 ways to get on with TechCrunch UK, and maybe other media  —  So as this terrible wet August / Summer ends and online battle re-commences once more, I thought I may as well have a stab at giving you some ideas about how to interact with a blog like this.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
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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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.
Discussion: eWeek, Cellpassion and PhoneReport v2.0
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo and MacRumors
Phone Arena:
LG KC910 is the 8-megapixel successor of Viewty  —  LG just officially announced to us the successor of the Viewty, the KC910.  It is an all-in-one multimedia phone, sporting 8-megapixel camera, Dolby sound for music, and DivX and XviD support for video playback.
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.
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.
Discussion: All Facebook
Chris Williams / The Register:
BBC iPlayer upgrade prompts new ISP complaints  —  High definition network freezes out the little guy  —  The BBC is facing more criticism that the way it delivers iPlayer traffic will make it harder for smaller ISPs to survive.  —  The latest squeeze is a result of Auntie's decision …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Releases New Version of Site Explorer  —  Yahoo has released a new look for Site Explorer.  Currently, the new version can be found at https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ new, but will be made default in the future.  —  The new look also comes with an update that increases the number …
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Simon Willison joins Guardian News & Media  —  Former Yahoo and Lawrence Journal World developer Simon Willison has been recruited by Guardian News & Media as a software architect, it was announced today.  —  Willison is the latest technical appointment for the publisher, parent of MediaGuardian.co.uk …
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
iTunes blocked in China; Tibet album suspected  —  BEIJING (AP) — Customers in China of Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store were unable to download songs this week, and an activist group said Beijing was trying to block access to a new Tibet-themed album.
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Frederik Balfour / Business Week:
Chinese Censors Silence iTunes
Discussion: The Register, hypebot and Computerworld
 
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
DIY Apple TV ad...
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Robot tells human off for doing it wrong
Discussion: Engadget
BBC:
Poor earning virtual gaming gold
Discussion: PSFK
Macworld:
Macs, Aperture a big hit at the Beijing Olympics
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Newegg Removes NY State Sales Tax; But You Still Need To Pay!
Discussion: AppScout
Macworld:
Bose introduces SoundDock Series II iPod sound system
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Intel's “Ibex Peak”
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Intel Demonstrates Wireless Power Technology
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Top Japanese phone innovator praises iPhone
Agence France Presse:
Tiny nation of Niue gets laptop for every child
Discussion: Engadget
Don Day / Lost Remote:
CNN.com video now embeddable
GamesIndustry.biz:
Hollenshead & Carmack - Part One
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Quality Score improvements
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Brazilian charged in U.S. in connection with operating botnet
Discussion: eWeek, Inquirer and The Register
 

 
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