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1:45 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.
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Wired.com's iPhone 3G Survey Reveals Network Weaknesses  —  (Note: Zeemaps is experiencing technical difficulties; the map will return soon.)  —  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.
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 …
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
AMD to Sell Digital TV Business  —  Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has agreed to sell its digital-television business to Broadcom Corp. for $192.8 million as the struggling chip maker moves to streamline itself as it battles chip giant Intel Corp.  —  The deal, set to close by year's end …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Valleywag
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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
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Broadcom to buy AMD's digital TV business
Discussion: Computerworld and CrunchGear
PR Newswire:
Broadcom to Acquire Digital TV Business from AMD
Discussion: GigaOM and I4U News
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 …
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 …
Mahalis / Two Finger Play:
Over, for now  —  Well — I've received notice from Apple that they've been contacted by The Tetris® Company about Tris.  That, I'm afraid, is essentially game over.  Do they have a case?  No. Not really.  I am convinced that if it went to court, the “copyright” claim would get thrown out completely.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
No Matter How NBC Spins It, Olympics Web Strategy Comes Up A Loser  —  Despite its special Silverlight-powered Website and more than 2,000 hours of online video, it looks like NBC flubbed its opportunity to make its Olympics Web revenues more than a rounding error.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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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 …
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: Electronista, SlashPhone and TmoWorld
AMD:
AMD Works with Leading Developers to Drive High Performance DirectX® 10.1 Gaming  —  − Elite developers including Electronic Arts and SEGA® to introduce DirectX 10.1 titles with improved features and better overall game experience available only on ATI Radeon™ HD Products −
Discussion: The Tech Report and Blue's News
Tim Leberecht / CNET News.com:
The Obama SMS: (Un-)gratifying instantification  —  So the SMS went out to hundreds of thousands of Obama supporters.  Not everyone got it at the same time (according to Textually.org, it took about 15 minutes for the bulk of the messages to get through the carriers' systems) or, in some cases …
Discussion: textually.org
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Brian McConnell / GigaOM:
What Obama's Text Message Campaign Reveals
Discussion: Between the Lines and Know It All
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
Tech-On! : tech news:
Samsung Introduces 8 New TVs  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced five LCD TVs (including a 44.4mm slim model) and three (63-, 58- and 50-inch) plasma TVs targeting the second half of 2008.  —  The models are aimed at expanding the use of LED backlights and reducing environmental loads, according to the company.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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