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7:40 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
Discussion: Computerworld
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why It's Too Early To Be Excited About Nokia's Late Netbook
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.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops Palm OS HotSync conduit from Snow Leopard
Discussion: Macworld, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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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 …
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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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Latest trend: Announcing iPhone apps before they're approved
Discussion: 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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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo: We're Still in the Search Business
Discussion: Computerworld
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
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
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TechFlash:   Microsoft puts Twitter, Facebook on feature phones, but not in U.S.
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: The Register and Engadget
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.
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 …
Telegraph:
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!
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
ITV ‘weeks away’ from content deal with Hulu
Discussion: paidContent and TheNextWeb.com
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 …
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 …
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.
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Adam Gorlick / Stanford News:
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