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12:45 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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GP/Göteborg:
Iphone 3G antenna test  —  Is there a problem with Iphone's antenna?  Is the coverage worse than for other mobiles?  There are many rumors on the internet.  In the USA someone is going to sue Apple.  We took our iphone to a test chamber for fact-finding.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Gizmodo
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Wired.com's iPhone 3G Survey Reveals Network Weaknesses  —  Wired.com's survey of iPhone 3G users suggests that widespread data speed problems have more to do with carriers' networks than with Apple's handsets.  —  Recently Wired.com asked iPhone 3G users all around the world to participate in a study …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 3G reception just fine say curious Swedes with engineering degrees  —  There's been a lot of discussion lately about iPhone 3G reception issues.  Whether they exist or not is largely irrelevant in a world dominated by sound-bite driven perceptions.  Nevertheless, some industrious Swedes decided …
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Google finds no privacy on private roads  —  Google's Street View service apparently thinks your “no trespassing” and “private road” signs are just for decoration.  —  The service, which gives Web users a driver's perspective of hundreds of cities around the world, has raised the ire …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Broadcom to buy AMD's digital TV business  —  Broadcom is paying $192.8 million in cash to acquire Advanced Micro Devices' digital television business, the companies said Monday.  —  AMD's DTV assets include Xilleon integrated DTV processors and reference designs, NXT receiver ICs …
Discussion: Computerworld, Valleywag and CrunchGear
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Broadcom To Buy AMD Digital TV Chip Unit For $192.8M
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek and TG Daily
PR Newswire:
Broadcom to Acquire Digital TV Business from AMD
Discussion: GigaOM
Sarah Halzack / Washington Post:
Marketing Moves to the Blogosphere  —  Business Model Shifts to Engage Customers Online  —  Jason Calacanis, who got into blogging early and big, has quit.  —  He co-founded a network of blogs called Weblogs in 2003, before the medium cracked the mainstream, and then sold it to AOL in 2005, working there until 2007.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon may enter college textbook market with new Kindle  —  The student textbook market will soon welcome another newcomer to the market in the form of a revamped Amazon Kindle, according to McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Tim Bueneman.  If true, it will have to compete with a number …
Brian McConnell / GigaOM:
What Obama's Text Message Campaign Reveals  —  Barack Obama's now-famous text-message announcement of his VP pick reveals something about the candidate that should really worry the Republicans.  What it reveals is not that he's a smart technologist.  If he was, he would have known …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Know It All
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Tim Leberecht / CNET News.com:
The Obama SMS: (Un-)gratifying instantification
Discussion: textually.org
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Scrabulous users - stunned, bemused,baffled.  —  My inbox is filling up with the grief-stricken, the angry, the lost and the desperate.  Who are they?  Sad obsessives who played Scrabulous on Facebook.  They had been through a spasm of anxiety a few weeks back when the word game …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Qwest CTO on FTTP, bandwidth caps and integrated services  —  Qwest plans to roll out integrated home services where it ties its services in with those from its partners such as MSN and DirecTV in a move enabled by a thin layer of software, according to Qwest CTO Pieter Poll.
Discussion: DSLreports
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
Jitters Over Virtualization  —  The easy stuff is already done in enterprise virtualization.  What comes next is much more complex.  —  Virtualization has been proved to boost utilization of individual servers, particularly those powered by multicore processors.
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Translate OneBox  —  Google has a new OneBox for quick translations.  You can just search for “translate”, followed by a word or an expression and the optional “into English”.  For example, you can search for [translate désormais] and Google shows the entry from an automatically-generated bilingual dictionary.
Discussion: Technology Live
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Road Tolls Hacked  —  A researcher claims that toll transponders can be cloned, allowing drivers to pass for free.  —  Drivers using the automated FasTrak toll system on roads and bridges in California's Bay Area could be vulnerable to fraud, according to a computer security firm in Oakland, CA.
Discussion: Payments News and The Raw Feed
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Can You Guess Which Facebook App Is Making A Million Dollars A Month?  —  Facebook is a famously difficult place to make money.  Despite the popularity of the social network, most ads go for pennies per thousand impressions (CPMs).  Even Social Media, a Facebook ad network that is able …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
FCC outs HTC Dream's dimensions: it's smaller than the iPhone 3G  —  Attempts to keep the most hotly anticipated consumer electronics devices under wraps these days are getting more and more futile.  It's hard enough for companies to control disgruntled employees and leaks in the international supply chain …
Discussion: SlashPhone and TmoWorld
 
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Mahalis / Two Finger Play:
Over, for now  —  Well — I've received notice from Apple …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Sakar acquires Vivitar brand and IP
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Conviva Raises $20M for Live Video
Maths / Music 2.0:
Will the Real Apple Please Stand Up in China?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Audience for Games Soars for NBC and Yahoo
Business Week:
Computer Hardware: Recession-Proof?
Iain S Bruce / Scotland Sunday Herald:
Revealed: 8 million victims in the world's biggest cyber heist
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Whoops! L.A. Times' 2008 ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ moment
Discussion: p2pnet and The Inquisitr
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Vudu Debunks Rumors of Demise
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Sometimes You Just Have To Walk Away
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's food perks on the chopping block
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Preferring the Web Over Watching TV
Discussion: p2pnet
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Canon 50D Photos With 18-200mm IS Kit Lens
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
An open-source approach to tracking stolen laptops
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