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4:35 PM ET, August 24, 2009


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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.
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Packs GPS, 3G, HDMI and...Windows
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?
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
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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 …
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 …
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.  —'s Olly Farshi claimed he legitimately unlocked his two-year-old iPhone 3G …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 and 901am
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).
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 …
Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
Seed is the new Series A for VCs  —  It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that VCs have, over the past few quarters, been reluctant to put term sheets down on new investments.  Most venture folks have instead been preoccupied with tending to their portfolio companies …
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 …
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple admits iPhone apps not suitable for business
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Tall Tale: Did Twitter Really Save Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds”?
Discussion: The Hollywood Reporter and ChasNote, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Poirier / Reuters:
Sprint-Virgin Mobile deal gets U.S. antitrust nod
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and MobileCrunch
Bill Ray / The Register:
GSM connectivity now enjoyed by 4 billion
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
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Apple spent $390K lobbying gov't in 2nd quarter
Discussion: Forbes and MacNN
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Crowd-Sourced Navigation Service
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