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3:30 PM ET, August 27, 2009

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Snow Leopard review  —  Snow Leopard.  Even the name seems to underpromise — it's the first “big cat” OS X codename to reference the previous version of the OS, and the list of big-ticket new features is seemingly pretty short for a version-number jump.  Maybe that's why Apple's priced …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple Changes Leopard's Spots  —  For a company known for breakthrough products with cool features, Apple this week is doing something unusual: It is introducing a key product with very few new features that are visible to its users.  This new release, the latest major version …
Bernadette Irinco / TrendLabs:
Bogus Snow Leopard Update Sites Lead to DNS Changers
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek and Softpedia News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Big Is the Apple iPhone App Economy?  The Answer Might Surprise You  —  If I were to tell you that Apple's app economy was worth more than $2.4 billion a year, you would laugh hysterically, shake your head and walk out of the room, yes?  Surf on over to some other web site?
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
AdMob finds Android app users more scarce, but just as obsessed as iPhone app users
Bloomberg:
Google News's ‘Dominant Position’ Probed by Italian Antitrust Regulators  —  Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet search engine, is being investigated by Italian antitrust regulators after national newspapers said the company's news service deprives them of advertising revenue.
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Italian Regulators Investigating Google  —  PARIS — Italian competition authorities said Thursday that they were investigating Google, following complaints from publishers that the company was abusing its dominant position on the Internet to deny them a fair share of online advertising revenue.
Nokia:
Maemo 5 injects speed and power into mobile computing  —  The new Nokia N900: Computer-grade performance in a handset  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today marked the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software with the new Nokia N900.  Taking its cues from the world of desktop computing …
Globe and Mail:
Facebook agrees to privacy changes  —  Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says Facebook has agreed to changes that will bring the social networking site into compliance with Canadian law.  —  In a press conference, Ms. Stoddart said Facebook, among other pledges, has agreed to new features …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch e-book reader under Eee family  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch an e-book reader under its Eee brand by the end of 2009 at the earliest, according to company president Jerry Shen.  —  Meanwhile, Micro-Star International (MSI) is also evaluating the e-book reader market, according to industry sources.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Attack Cracks Common Wi-Fi Encryption in a Minute  —  Computer scientists in Japan say they've developed a way to break the WPA encryption system used in wireless routers in about one minute.  —  The attack gives hackers a way to read encrypted traffic sent between computers and certain types …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Updated: Apple Approves Spotify's iPhone App  —  A month after submitting its proposed iPhone app to Apple's approval process, Spotify says it's heard no indication of its chances of success.  —  Three unrelated apps, mostly remote control apps, that were previously visible in the App Store via a …
John Poirier / Reuters:
Regulators open inquiry into wireless industry  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry on Thursday to examine the state of competition in the wireless industry, taking a step that could lead to probes of other sectors.
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC to Review Innovation in the Wireless Industry
Discussion: mocoNews, CNET News and MarketWatch
NTIA:
Strong Demand for First Round of Broadband Grant Funding  —  Nearly 2,200 Diverse Applications Submitted for Share of $4 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband Access and Adoption  —  NTIA Media Contact: Mark Tolbert III 202-482-8176 or press@ntia.doc.gov  —  USDA Media Contact: Bartel Kendrick 202-379-8400
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Holy Handouts! Applicants Seek Almost $28B in Broadband Bucks
Discussion: TMCnet
Verizon:
Verizon Launches Trial of FiOS TV Online, Extending Multi-Screen Leadership  —  New Online Platform Lets FiOS TV Subscribers View Programming From any Broadband Connection  —  Verizon, the leader in delivering high-quality entertainment experiences across TV, broadband and mobile devices …
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Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Apple finally enters the world's biggest mobile market: China to get the iPhone in October  —  Major Chinese news portal 163.com is reporting [Google machine translation] that Apple has finally signed a deal with China Unicom to bring the iPhone 3G to mainland China in October.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Unchain the Office Computers!  —  Why corporate IT should let us browse any way we want.  —  During a town hall meeting for State Department workers last month, an employee named Jim Finkle asked Hillary Clinton a very important question: “Can you please let the staff use an alternative Web browser called Firefox?”
Discussion: Techdirt and CrunchGear
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is Pirate Bay sold?  Don't believe it  —  The caption running over a photo of Global Gaming CEO Hans Pandeya reads: “Pirate Bay Sold”  —  Hans Pandeya, CEO of Global Gaming Factory X, told reporters in Sweden on Thursday that his company's acquisition of The Pirate Bay will go through.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pictures: Fire On Google's Roof, UK HQ Evacuated, Barbecue Blamed  —  Google's a hot company to work for - literally.  A fire atop its UK HQ on Victoria's Buckingham Palace Road in London forced its evacuation shortly after Thursday lunchtime.  “Yes, there has been a fire at Google (NSDQ …
Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
OmniVision becomes sole CIS supplier of new Apple iPod  —  OmniVision has secured CMOS image sensor (CIS) orders for upcoming Apple iPods, according to market sources.  —  OmniVision will be the sole supplier of 3.2-megapixel CIS products for new iPod nano, iPod classic and iPod Touch models …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the Windows 7 launch at an event in New York City on October 22, according to an invitation Microsoft has sent to various media members and bloggers.  —  To date, Microsoft officials have declined …
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Console Price Wars: Microsoft Drops Xbox Elite Down To $299  —  Hoping to boost console sales this holiday season, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has dropped the price of its Elite Xbox 360 to $299.  The $100 price cut comes just about a week after Sony (finally) slashed the price of the PS3, also to $299.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar 2.0 Is A Must-Have For the iPhone.  It's The Best Push Notification App Yet.  —  A few days ago, I wrote about the frustration over the delay in approving the new Facebook app for the iPhone.  That should launch any day now, and it's a good thing because as soon as it does …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Is Google Entering the Mortgage Quote Business?  —  Google plans to begin offering loan quotes online as early as this month, a lawsuit filed in federal court this week claims.  The suit was filed by LendingTree, which offers consumers mortgage quotes and conditional loan offers online …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks  —  It is still out there.  —  Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program and trace its origins and purpose …
The Official Google Blog:
Translate documents: sharing across languages and generations  —  My cousin is in first grade and sometimes she writes short stories for class.  I try to share the stories with her grandparents, but because Japanese is their first language and they don't speak English very well, it's been tough.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL, Still Shaking Up Staff, Hires New CFO Artie Minson  —  Newish AOL CEO Tim Armstrong hasn't gone on a massive firing binge.  But he's still shaking up the ranks at the Time Warner (TWX) unit.  Today, for instance, he is installing a new chief financial officer: Artie Minson …
Simon St. Laurent / O'Reilly Radar:
Why is HTML Suddenly Interesting?  —  Web developers couldn't stop talking about HTML and its evolution during the 1990s.  New features were usually tempting, though not always workable, and the Browser Wars meant that vendors competed by providing and copying features.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
 
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Alice Truong / Digits:
A ‘Macroblogging’ Service, Woofer, Launches as Twitter Homage
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Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
HP, Dell Join Microsoft's Appeal of Word Patent Case
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 Earlier Items: 
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T Opted Out of Motorola's Android Plan
Discussion: I4U News
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Don't Have VC Money? There's Contests Galore For Mobile Apps
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Developers Salivating Over Twitter's Geolocation Plans
Discussion: Fast Company
Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
TomTom, Garmin See Map-Device Rebound in 2010, Defying ‘Terminal Decline’
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and CrunchGear
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers who hack the Mac OS
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants
Discussion: eWeek, Technologizer and Softpedia News, Thanks:rajuv
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Own Idea Of Crowdsourced Translations
Discussion: Techdirt, Inc.com and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai