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4:15 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  —  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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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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Verizon:
V CAST Music With Rhapsody And Visual Voice Mail Shine On The Titanium LG Voyager™  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) …
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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 …
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Web Fraud 2.0: Thwarting Anti-Spam Defenses
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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
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
OpenClip, she is dead
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook appears to be controlling ‘wall spam’
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T-Mobile sold more than 120,000 3G iPhones
Tim Leberecht / CNET News.com:
The Obama SMS: (Un-)gratifying instantification
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Qwest CTO on FTTP, bandwidth caps and integrated services
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Google Translate OneBox
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Ed Sperling / Forbes:
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
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