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5:25 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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Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Packs GPS, 3G, HDMI and...Windows  —  So Nokia's got a 10-incher with built-in 3G and A-GPS (Ovi Maps) in the works.  Interesting, but will it be just-another-netbook?  I'd love to see a Nokia touch-screen interface on top of Windows.  What about easy tethering with cell phones?
Discussion: Liliputing
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why It's Too Early To Be Excited About Nokia's Late Netbook
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Approve Rhapsody's iPhone App, But It Will Still Be A Dud
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Latest trend: Announcing iPhone apps before they're approved
Discussion: The Register
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities (Updated)  —  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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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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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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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to sell 5M copies of Snow Leopard at launch
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.
Boy Genius Report:
RIM acquires Torch Mobile; WebKit-based browser headed to BlackBerry handsets  —  Wow.  That probably sums up everyone at BGR's initial reaction when we got a heads up that RIM acquired Torch Mobile.  Why, might you ask?  Well, it goes a lot deeper than this, but all we can see glistening right …
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Sam Dean / OStatic blogs:
RIM Looks to Open Source in Mobile Browsing—Is Microsoft Listening?
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's New Search Clothes — But Will It Help?  (Probably Not)  —  Less than a month after seeming to pull out of the search game by announcing a search outsourcing deal with Microsoft, Yahoo seems to be doing a push to prove it still has search chops.  The latest are new user interface changes …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft delivers OneApp app framework for featurephones  —  Who said Microsoft's mobile strategy has to be limited to Windows Mobile?  Redmond has just announced OneApp, a comprehensive framework for delivering apps on a variety of featurephones — largely in emerging markets …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Why did Apple okay RingCentral?  —  Here's a question the FCC neglected to ask Apple (AAPL) in its inquiry into why the company rejected — or as Apple prefers, declined to approve — Google Voice:  —  Why has a free app that does essentially the same thing — and would seem to raise …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple admits iPhone apps not suitable for business  —  Commercial programs are solely for non-commercial use  —  Apple is reminding customers that applications sold through the iTunes store are strictly for non-commercial use: business use is forbidden, which makes one wonder what that section of the store is for.
Discussion: 901am
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, I4U News, TechSpot, 901am and Neowin.net
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Tall Tale: Did Twitter Really Save Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds”?  —  Earlier this summer, Twitter was blamed for torpedoing movies like “Bruno” and “Funny Business.”  Now the micromessaging service is being heralded for giving Quentin Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds” a big boost.
Discussion: The Hollywood Reporter and ChasNote, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Coder shows Firefox with multitouch Web apps
Discussion: Webmonkey, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Bill Ray / The Register:
GSM connectivity now enjoyed by 4 billion
Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
Seed is the new Series A for VCs
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: Forbes and MacNN
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
How Sony E-Reader Lost to Kindle and How It's Battling Its Way Back
Discussion: TechFlash
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Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Arrest Over Software Illuminates Wall St. Secret
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Swiss privacy commissioner says “nein” to Google Street View
Discussion: webpronews.com
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Thanks to Blogs, a Bigger Menu for Food Criticism
Market Wire:
Canpages Acquires Social Networking Recommendations Platform, GigPark.com
Discussion: Traffick, TechCrunch and StartupNorth
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
 

 
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