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3:00 PM ET, August 24, 2009

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Nokia:
Nokia Booklet 3G brings all day mobility to the PC world  —  Espoo, Finland - After more than 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the mobile industry, Nokia will bring its rich mobility heritage and knowledge to the PC world with the new, Windows based, Nokia Booklet 3G.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nokia introduces Booklet 3G ‘mini laptop’  —  Nokia rocked the world this morning by introducing its spin on the laptop, called the Booklet 3G.  If you're the rude sort (like us) you could call it a fancy netbook, what with its Atom processor and 10.1-inch display, but that screen is higher res …
Lacy Kemp / The Real Story:
Introducing Rhapsody on the iPhone  —  Every day I watch Twitter to see what people are talking about with regards to our brands.  I see lots of suggestions and lots of feedback, but the one thing that keeps on coming is this question: When will Rhapsody be on the iPhone?  Or, when will Rhapsody be on Android?
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Peter / gdgt:
Subscription music comes to the iPhone: Rhapsody app exclusive screenshots and details  —  Yep, Rhapsody is coming out with an iPhone app.  Or at least they want to.  Real just submitted it to the App Store for approval, so it may be a few weeks before it's actually available (assuming Apple doesn't get all fussy and block it).
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Will Apple Approve Rhapsody's Music Application?  —  On Friday, Apple explained to the government why it blockedthe Google Voice application from the iPhone App store.  Among other reasons, it cited privacy concerns and potential user confusion.  —  But the company will soon face another decision …
George Rush / NY Daily News:
Outed blogger Rosemary Port blames model Liskula Cohen for ‘skank’ stink  —  Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the blogger who anonymously scorned a model as a “ho” and a “skank,” igniting a legal and media maelstrom.  —  Speaking out for the first time since a court order forced Google …
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
‘Skank’ blogger talks, sues Google for $15m  —  Now the world knows: the “skanks of NYC” blogger is one Rosemary Port, a 27-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she is one pissed-off young lady.  She not only has strong words for model Liskula Cohen …
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Apple to Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28  —  Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X v10.6 Snow Leopard™ will go on sale Friday, August 28 at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, and that Apple's online store is now accepting pre-orders.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
It's Here! Pre-order Mac OS X Snow Leopard Right Now
Discussion: Softpedia News
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Plans to Increase Staff 50% Amid Engineer Surplus  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. plans to expand its staff by as much as 50 percent this year as it benefits from a surplus of engineers amid the recession, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities  —  Today, Stockholm's district court took action to completely remove The Pirate Bay from the Internet.  —  The court ordered the site's major bandwidth supplier, Black Internet, to disconnect TPB from the Internet or face penalties of 500,000 kroner ($70,600).
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How I Got the Google Voice/App Store Story Wrong  —  As I mentioned in my piece Friday on Apple's response to the FCC's Google Voice App Store inquiry, I got an important aspect of the story wrong in my initial coverage.  On 28 July, in a piece in which I initially speculated that Apple's decision might …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Why did Apple okay RingCentral?
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   (500) Days Of Apple And Google
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Barnes & Noble Lands Irex, Another Would-Be Kindle Killer  —  Here's another company choosing a side in the coming e-book war: Irex Technologies, a Dutch company that plans on selling a Kindle-like reader in the U.S. this fall, has allied itself with Barnes & Noble's online bookstore.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Apple blogger legally unlocks iPhone  —  Thanks be to ‘benevolent carrier’  —  An iPhone blogger has revealed a way of legally unlocking the device after paying off his mobile contract.  —  TheAppleBlog.com's Olly Farshi claimed he legitimately unlocked his two-year-old iPhone 3G …
Bloomberg:
Apple Highest Grossing Retailer on Fifth Avenue as iPhone Defies Recession  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — As vacancies increase and retail sales throughout the U.S. remain a shadow of the decade's boom, Apple Inc.'s stores are defying the recession.  —  At Fifth Avenue and Fifty-Ninth Street …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 in Europe  —  I want to provide a couple of updates for my friends in Europe today in regards to Windows 7.  —  I want to start off with an update to our plans for the Windows 7 Family Pack.  As I mentioned last month, starting with the launch of Windows 7 on October 22nd …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD's “Apps” menu item spotted in the Marketplace, still short on details  —  At Best Buy's Zune HD preview today a certain Matthew Arkin on Qik was able to shoot footage of the “Apps” item that resides within the “Marketplace” section on the device.  It's still incredibly unclear …
Discussion: Digits, TechSpot, I4U News, Neowin.net and 901am
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Arrest Over Software Illuminates Wall St. Secret  —  Flying home to New Jersey from Chicago after the first two days at his new job, Sergey Aleynikov was prepared for the usual inconveniences: a bumpy ride, a late arrival.  —  He was not expecting Special Agent Michael G. McSwain of the F.B.I.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Funded Publishes Ideal First Round Term Sheet  —  Adeo Ressi, founder of The Funded, a site where people rate venture capitalists and the Founder Institute, an incubator of sorts, has long ranted about what he calls “the atrocities of investors.”  —  Now, a lot of people …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Swiss privacy commissioner says “nein” to Google Street View  —  Google launched Street View in Switzerland last week, and the Swiss Privacy Commissioner isn't satisfied that it will safeguard the privacy of Swiss citizens.  —  Whether you're searching for a storefront in a strange neighborhood …
Discussion: webpronews.com
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Antitrust attorney: Microsoft-Yahoo deal won't pass regulatory muster  —  Microsoft argues the search deal will increase competition against behemoth Google  —  Computerworld - A prominent antitrust lawyer predicts that Microsoft and Yahoo's new partnership won't pass muster with government regulators …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Fanbase, a web directory of athletes and their teams  —  A new web directory of sports teams and athletes called Fanbase has launched today, aiming to mobilize fans around pages of any team, from football to golf at any level, from professional to college and high school.
 
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Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
Seed is the new Series A for VCs
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Novel Netbook packs a dual-core Intel Atom chip
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Alibaba Removes Classifieds Business From Yahoo China
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
ITV ‘weeks away’ from content deal with Hulu
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Associated Press:
Apple spent $390K lobbying gov't in 2nd quarter
Discussion: MacNN
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
How Sony E-Reader Lost to Kindle and How It's Battling Its Way Back
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Mobile TV ‘very slow’ to take off
Discussion: iGeneration and dailywireless.org, Thanks:blogfisher
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
More rumors of Shuttle stepping into notebook market
Discussion: SlashGear
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
The cloud could be a boon for flash storage
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Crowd-Sourced Navigation Service
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetPhoto iPhone App Rejected Because Logo Resembles Polaroid Shot
Discussion: IntoMobile and Pulse2
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can AT&T Meet iPhone Network Demands?
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb