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5:40 PM ET, August 25, 2008


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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.
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Apple's iPhone 3G connection problems don't appear to be Apple's problems
Steven Sande / TUAW:   Techie Swedes prove iPhone 3G reception is “normal”
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
FCC outs HTC Dream's dimensions: it's smaller than the iPhone 3G
Discussion: SlashPhone, Electronista and TmoWorld
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 3G reception just fine say curious Swedes with engineering degrees
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.
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.
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
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenClip Is Closed Again
Discussion: VentureBeat and Cult of Mac
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 …
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.
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Nvidia kicks off confab in tough times  —  As it kicks off its Nvision conference Monday in San Jose, Calif., chipmaker Nvidia must be hoping that the N stands for “new” and “now”—and not “no thanks.”  —  Nvidia is trying to shake off a tough second quarter and is staring down a slump …
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.
Steven Musil / CNET
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 …
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.”
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Follow The Democratic National Convention LIVE On The Web  —  If you're a political junkie but couldn't take the week off to trek to Denver, have no fear.  With journalists, delegates and bloggers toting minicams, and multiple live feeds emanating from the floor …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Dinner saved for Google's geeks  —  Google's food cutbacks are more targeted than we'd first heard.  Dinner will still be served in buildings which house engineers, according to a former Google chef who's made his own inquiries about the changes at the Googleplex cafeterias.
James Sherwood / The Register:
Aussie school trials use of gadgets in exams  —  Using notes during exams - aka cheating - usually gets you an instant ‘F’.  But at one Australian school the pupils can now use mobiles, iPods and the internet during their exams.  —  Presbyterian Ladies' College in Sydney is running …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Arn / Touch Arcade:
iPhone Gaming Control Pads in the Works
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Fox to stream premieres for dorms
Discussion: and NewTeeVee
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should release a touch-screen Mac
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Web Fraud 2.0: Thwarting Anti-Spam Defenses
Discussion: Xconomy and Security Watch
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Can Google Crack the TV Ad Market?
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Terror watchlist “upgrade” is “imploding,” legislator says
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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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Qwest CTO on FTTP, bandwidth caps and integrated services
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Translate OneBox
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
Jitters Over Virtualization  —  The easy stuff is already done …
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Road Tolls Hacked
Discussion: Payments News and The Raw Feed
Sarah Halzack / Washington Post:
Marketing Moves to the Blogosphere