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7:40 PM ET, August 25, 2008


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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Leaked Document Shows Verizon's Psyops Anti-iPhone Propaganda  —  Oh, deary deary me... Verizon's tactics to combat the JesusPhone 3G now include briefing its employees about the iPhone's failings, so they can answer customer questions about why it doesn't carry the device.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:'s iPhone 3G Survey Reveals Network Weaknesses  —'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 asked iPhone 3G users all around the world to participate in a study …
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple's iPhone 3G connection problems don't appear to be Apple's problems  —  For those still thinking Apple is going to have to recall the iPhone 3G over faulty chip issues hampering its connections, there are two reports today suggesting that will not happen.
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.
IE8 and Privacy  —  As others have written here before, users should be in control of their information.  That's at the core of privacy.  Privacy has two aspects: disclosure and choice.  Disclosure means informing users in plain language about the data collected about them and how it's used.
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Channel 9
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kindle Sales To Get A Boost? Chase, Amazon Push $100-Off Deal
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 …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Karl Bunyan / Inside Facebook:
Scrabulous Disappears from Facebook in the UK and Australia
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Disqus Lets You Profit From Comments on Other Blogs and Grabs Some SEO For Themselves  —  Have you ever been stuck wondering what to post on your blog?  Can't seem to find a topic that suits the current situation?  Well a new feature called “Reblogging” launched today by comment replacement service Disqus …
Daniel / Disqus:
Reblog: Comments Can Be Blog Posts
Discussion: A VC
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Introducing Digg Dialogg  —  Hey Everyone -  —  We want to give the Digg community an opportunity to pose questions to some of the individuals and leaders of the moment (sans editors), who are taking action to change the world in cool ways.  To do this, we're launching a new program called “Digg Dialogg.”
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 …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Tells CNBC That Dinner's Still On  —  Apparently Google isn't discontinuing free dinner at the Googleplex after all: The company told CNBC's Jim Goldman this afternoon that the rumors, started yesterday by Valleywag, are completely untrue and that they don't know where they came from.
Discussion: and Valleywag
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Dinner saved for Google's geeks
Mac clone maker goes up for sale  —  Despite having been in operation for just three weeks, a company specializing in Mac clones is already putting itself up for sale, according to a website notice.  Open Tech says it is now willing to sell the entire company, including branding, trade secrets and website, for a price of just $50,000.
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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What We Need Is A Digital Bill Of Rights  —  As the Democrats and Republicans gather at their national conventions, it is time to really think about a comprehensive national technology policy for the Internet Age.  Many laws and policies governing the Internet and digital property …
Discussion: WinExtra
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
The strengthening dollar may weaken Internet giants
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
When is open source just throwing it all away?
Discussion: OStatic blogs and The Web Life
Nikon Rumors:
Enjoy - official Nikon D90 pictures and specs - 100% legit (updated)
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Nvidia kicks off confab in tough times
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TripHub Reaches Its Final Destination: The Deadpool
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Fox to stream premieres for dorms
Discussion: NewTeeVee and
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should release a touch-screen Mac
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Follow The Democratic National Convention LIVE On The Web
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Can Google Crack the TV Ad Market?
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Terror watchlist “upgrade” is “imploding,” legislator says
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook appears to be controlling ‘wall spam’
Discussion: BetaNews and Media Bullseye
Tech-On! : tech news:
Samsung Introduces 8 New TVs
Nicola Leske / Reuters:
T-Mobile sold more than 120,000 3G iPhones
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
FCC outs HTC Dream's dimensions: it's smaller than the iPhone 3G
Sarah Halzack / Washington Post:
Marketing Moves to the Blogosphere