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2:25 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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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 …
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.
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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD sells digital TV chip division to Broadcom  —  Advanced Micro Devices will sell its digital TV chip business to Broadcom for $192.8 million.  —  The move is part of chip company AMD's attempt to raise some cash and regain its footing in its core microprocessor business where Intel has been eating AMD's lunch.
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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 …
Electronista:
Nokia unveils N79, N85 smartphones [U]  —  (Update: official release due tomorrow) Nokia today fulfilled a promise from earlier this month with two new Nseries devices both aimed at driving down the cost of getting into full smartphones.  The N85 as flagship appears set to replace the N81 …
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
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Terror watchlist “upgrade” is “imploding,” legislator says  —  The database used to produce the government's terror watch lists is “crippled by technical flaws,” according to the chairman of a House technology oversight subcommittee—and the system designed to replace it may be even worse.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
OpenClip, she is dead  —  For those of you who do not remember - or do not care to remember - OpenClip was supposed to be an open framework for implementing the Cocoa NSPasteboard functionality to the iPhone.  While I'm thinking that if Apple wanted to implement copy/paste into the iPhone …
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 …
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Brian McConnell / GigaOM:
What Obama's Text Message Campaign Reveals
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Nicola Leske / Reuters:
T-Mobile sold more than 120,000 3G iPhones
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Jitters Over Virtualization  —  The easy stuff is already done …
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Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Road Tolls Hacked
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Iain S Bruce / Scotland Sunday Herald:
Revealed: 8 million victims in the world's biggest cyber heist
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Can You Guess Which Facebook App Is Making A Million Dollars A Month?
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Whoops! L.A. Times' 2008 ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ moment
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