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8:30 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.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why It's Too Early To Be Excited About Nokia's Late Netbook
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Packs GPS, 3G, HDMI and...Windows
Discussion: Computerworld
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo gets more social with Mail, search updates  —  SUNNYVALE, CALIF.—Yahoo increased the social graces of its core products Monday, with a nod to its new home page and a declaration that it's not done with search just yet.  —  Popular Yahoo products such as Mail and Messenger will soon grow more social …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Search Ranking Factors Shows How Little SEO Has Changed
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Miguel Helft / Bits:   Yahoo: We're Still in the Search Business
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).
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.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops Palm OS HotSync conduit from Snow Leopard
Discussion: Macworld, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Reaps Recruits at High Levels  —  Boosting hiring amid a job slump, Facebook snares Yahoo!'s security chief, an open-source guru from Six Apart, and talent from Genentech and Google  —  So much for cutting back during the downturn.  —  As Facebook ramps up hiring …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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?
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Latest trend: Announcing iPhone apps before they're approved
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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 …
TechFlash:   Microsoft puts Twitter, Facebook on feature phones, but not in U.S.
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 …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Wikipedia to Add Layer of Editing to Some Articles  —  Wikipedia, one of the 10 most popular sites on the Web, was founded about eight years ago as a long-shot experiment to create a free encyclopedia from the contributions of volunteers, all with the power to edit, and presumably improve, the content.
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Sam Dean / OStatic blogs:
RIM Looks to Open Source in Mobile Browsing—Is Microsoft Listening?
Discussion: GigaOM and The Register
Hulu UK launch delayed until 2010  —  Hulu, the US-based web TV service, is now not expected to launch in the UK until 2010, having not managed to sign any content deals yet.  —  Originally expected to launch by September 2009, by broadcasters and media agencies alike …
Discussion: Mashable!
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
ITV ‘weeks away’ from content deal with Hulu
Discussion: paidContent and
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 …
Dow Jones Newswires:
US Trade Officials To Probe Flash Memory Chips In BlackBerries iPods  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it plans to launch an investigation into flash memory chips contained in popular products including the Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone …
Jim Spanfeller / paidContent:
Publishers Are Killing Web Advertising's Potential With Misguided Pricing  —  Jim Spanfeller is the outgoing president and CEO of  He is also treasurer of the Online Publishers Association and chairman emeritus of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  —  How is ad pricing different online and offline?
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 and
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 …
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 …
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Discussion: TechCrunch and broadstuff
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
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Discussion: TechFlash
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
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Antitrust attorney: Microsoft-Yahoo deal won't pass regulatory muster