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9:40 AM ET, September 2, 2009

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Gmail Blog:
More on today's Gmail issue  —  Posted by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering and Site Reliability Czar  —  Gmail's web interface had a widespread outage earlier today, lasting about 100 minutes.  We know how many people rely on Gmail for personal and professional communications …
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia Booklet 3G Hands-On and First Impressions  —  Nokia completed its announcement of the Booklet 3G today at Nokia World and I've got to play with it briefly.  Take a look at some of the hands-on photos and my first impressions.  I'll have access to a Nokia Booklet 3G spokesperson later this afternoon …
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Mike / Nokia Conversations:
More Nokia Booklet 3G specs emerge at Nokia World 09  —  STUTTGART, Germany - Since news of the new Nokia Booklet 3G first emerged early last week, the mini laptop PC has become the most keenly discussed Nokia product we've ever written about here on Conversations, with a continuous stream …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Makes Debut at Nokia World
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and GPS Obsessed
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
More pressure to limit behavioral targeting threatens startup media companies  —  Last month I raised some concerns that the government could make monetization even harder for online ad networks and publishers through limiting their ability to do behavioral targeting.  The pressure to do so is rising as the NY Times reports:
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Tim Nufire / Backblaze Blog:
Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage  —  At Backblaze, we provide unlimited storage to our customers for only $5 per month, so we had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and keep our costs low.
Discussion: Mashable!, OhGizmo!, PSFK, TUAW and GigaOM
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Backblaze sets its cheap storage designs free
INTEREAD:
COOLERBOOKS.com announces Google partnership  —  ...More than a million titles now available from COOLERBOOKS.com, the first ebookstore outside the US to partner with Google Books... Reading, England, ISSUE DATE: GMT 10:00am, 2 September 2009: British company Interead announces that COOLERBOOKS.com …
Discussion: T3.com News and TeleRead
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Current Zunes are discontinued; Zune HD is it going forward  —  I met with the Zune folks today and one bit of information than I can discuss immediately is that the Zune HD will be the only device type going forward: The current Zune models, the Zune 8, 16 80, and 120, have all been discontinued.
Babak A. Parviz / IEEE Spectrum Online:
Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens  —  A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight  —  The human eye is a perceptual powerhouse.  It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information …
Lori Hawkins / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin Ventures makes a move in the corporate social networking arena  —  Last year, Austin Ventures committed $50 million to new-media veteran Jeffrey Dachis to build an Austin-based corporate social networking software and services company.  —  Today, Dachis Group will announce its first acquisition …
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Drew B / Drew B's take on tech PR:   The role of social and digital media in business consulting …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
More Evidence That Snow Leopard Is a Touchscreen Operating System  —  The more I play with Snow Leopard, the more it looks like it's designed to run Apple's upcoming tablet.  —  Look at Expose in the Dock — the new feature that reveals all an application's open windows when you click and hold the application's icon.
Shawn Oliver / HotHardware.com News:
Toshiba's 640GB 2.5" Hard Drive Is Industry's Largest  —  Time keeps on ticking, and hard drives keep on growing.  With desktop HDDs already sitting at 2TB and the solid state arena growing larger members each month, it only makes sense to see a new benchmark set for the world of 2.5" notebook drives.
Discussion: Toshiba, 9 to 5 Mac and Engadget
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PR Newswire:
Toshiba Introduces High-Capacity 640GB Portable Hard Drive …
Discussion: The Toybox
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia finally comes clean with N97 mini: €450, ships in October  —  Nokia World 2009 just kicked off over in Stuttgart, and while the outfit's CEO didn't have much to say outside of a few nice teases, Mr. Anssi Vanjok did the honors of officially unveiling the N97 mini.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
NFL bans tweeting before, during, after games  —  The National Football League has had a love-hate relationship with social media.  —  Some teams tweeted to fans while choosing players at the NFL draft back in April.  But then last month, a few NFL teams told players they couldn't tweet or text-message during a team function.
Nokia Beta Labs:
Lifecast with Ovi to share memorable moments with your friends on Facebook.  —  With Ovi, you can now keep your Facebook friends up to date where you are and what you are doing in a new way.  —  Right from the home screen of your Nokia N97, you can lifecast the street address you are at …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Intel start acting like Wintel on Windows 7 launch  —  Microsoft and Intel have been collaborating for decades, but for the launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, they say that they have collaborated more closely than ever before.  The result is improvements …
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Launches Lightweight Contact Manager For Small Businesses  —  One of the advantages of using a CRM is the ability to easily manage and organize contacts to maximize leads.  Salesforce.com and the many other companies that offer CRMs have well-established contact management systems within …
Discussion: Macworld, CRM FYI and VentureBeat
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Sony to throw its weight behind 3D TV  —  3D technology looks set to hit the home consumer market next year, with Sony on Wednesday announcing plans to sell 3D televisions globally by the end of 2010.  —  Sony's decision to throw its weight behind the technology will be an important boost …
Google Enterprise Blog:
Waving hello to Google Apps  —  Google Wave has been generating lots of interest among Google Apps users since we unveiled it in May at Google I/O, our annual developer conference.  Today we're pleased to announce that we'll be opening up access to Google Wave for some schools and businesses as part of the preview this fall.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
UK Parliament website hack exposes shoddy passwords  —  Lights on, no one home  —  A vulnerability in the website of the UK Parliament appears to be exposing confidential information, including unencrypted login credentials, a Romanian hacker wrote on his blog.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
NetBase Debuts “Semantic Search Showcase” With HealthBase  —  Netbase is an enterprise-facing software and search company that appears to have one of the most advanced search platforms in the market.  Earlier this week during a briefing Netbase marketing and product VP Jens Tellefsen asserted …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and NetBase
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Nokia Announces New XSeries Music Phones with X6 and X3  —  At the Nokia World 2009, Nokia has introduced its new XSeries music phone.  It will release the Nokia X6 and the Nokia X3 in Q4 this year, the Nokia X6 should be also the device approved in the FCC this week.
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora One gets an upgrade: Desktop App 2.0  —  I'm pleased to announce that we've released version 2.0 of the Pandora One desktop app.  You've been telling us that the desktop app is one of your favorite features of Pandora One and it's great to have the chance to begin the process of refining that experience.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Microblogging Platform Yahoo Meme In English  —  A few weeks ago , we reported that Yahoo quietly launched its microblogging product Yahoo Meme, in Spanish.  Yahoo had previously launched a Portuguese language micro-blogging product, Yahoo Meme, that drew similarities to Twitter and Tumblr.
Business Wire:
NEC Display Solutions Adds 19-Inch Desktop to MultiSync EA Series  —  Standard-Aspect Ratio (or 5:4) Display Provides Green Features, Enhanced Screen Performance  —  CHICAGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading stand-alone provider of commercial LCD displays and projectors …
 
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?
Discussion: Gawker and Mashable!
Agam Shah / InfoWorld:
Server revenue reached new lows in Q2
Davis Fields / Nokia Beta Labs:
Nokia Messaging expanding with the Social Messaging beta
Discussion: TechCrunch and Phone Arena
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Ad Network Greystripe Gets A $2 Million Infusion From NBC Universal
Discussion: Bits, GigaOM and PE Hub Blog
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Google Chrome Turns One: A Few Questions and Answers
Dow Jones Newswires:
Google CEO keen on M&A to extend cloud computing lead
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Will Smart Phones Crush The Stand-Alone GPS Market?
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
EBay's Skype Sale Looks Like a Win-Win
Discussion: Tech Beat
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Yet Another Upcoming BlackBerry Smartphone: Codename Essex …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brilliant: Advertisers Pay To Drive Traffic From One Place …
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
WalMart's New Site Is Worse News For eBay Than Amazon
 

 
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