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2:10 PM ET, September 2, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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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.
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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Google Chrome Turns One: A Few Questions and Answers  —  One year ago today, Google released Chrome, a day after the news-at once startling and inevitable-feeling-leaked that it had decided to get into the browser business.  (Lest we forget, Chrome remains the only major software product ever to be announced via comic book.)
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 …
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:
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 …
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: Guardian, Mashable!, OhGizmo!, PSFK and TUAW
Drew B / Drew B's take on tech PR:
The role of social and digital media in business consulting: Dachis acquires Headshift  —  Some of my industry peers are talking online this morning about the significance of the acquisition of Headshift, the social business consulting firm, by Dachis Group, the one year old US based acquisitive social technologies company.
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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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HTC Touch2 launching October 6th with Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Hey, HTC — pull up a chair.  Listen, we admire your tenacity and all, but did you realize that both Nokia World and IFA kicked off today?  Cool, just making sure.  Now that we're past that, we'd like to introduce you (as in …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
About 24 percent of Xbox 360 games consoles fail within two years  —  It looks like the Xbox 360 is the most unreliable video game console in history.  Most gamers already know that.  Microsoft acknowledged the “red ring of death” failures in 2007 and took a $1.15 billion charge to deal with warranty replacement costs.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Microsoft's fight against Apple ads seen as waste of money  —  With Apple's Mac home market share tripling in the past five years, Microsoft has fought back with its own advertising campaigns attacking Apple for the first time, a move one analyst sees as a mistake.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Web meeting startup Dimdim goes big with Dimdim Webinar  —  Dimdim, the startup taking on established web meeting providers with its low cost, open source meeting service, said today that it's adding a service for webinars, big online events which could end up being quite lucrative for both the event host and Dimdim.
Discussion: eWeek, TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bits  —  As jingle-pundits desperately try to denigrate Snow Leopard as a “Service Pack,” Apple's new operating system reference release actually expands the reach of the Mac platform in several important and under-reported new directions.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Most Profitable Business Gets New Leadership  —  Google (GOOG) exec David Fischer is moving on as the search leader's quiet sales shake-up continues.  —  David is an exec who, from 2002 on, helped build Google's self-service advertising business into a 4,000 employee-strong powerhouse …
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent, Thanks:atul
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 …
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Is Twitter Pimping Porn to Family Users?  —  The microblogging site makes it too easy to get spammed with off-color content, and too difficult to do something about it  —  Back in March, I wrote a column about how Twitter is a closer competitor to Facebook than MySpace is.
Discussion: comScore Voices and Gawker
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The Race to Be an Early Adopter of Technologies Goes Mainstream, a Survey Finds  —  For decades, the adoption and use of the latest technologies was limited to a subculture: Whether called “tech enthusiasts” or “gadget geeks,” the implication was that most of the world got along fine with older …
Dow Jones Newswires:
Google CEO keen on M&A to extend cloud computing lead  —  Nikkei quotes Eric Schmidt as saying company is seriously looking at acquisitions.  —  Google Inc. is ready to seize any opportunity to grow its cloud computing business, Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said, The Nikkei reported in its Wednesday morning edition.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 / Crave: The gadget blog:
Microsoft mum on Xbox 360 with heftier drive  —  Some stray ads have spawned speculation over the past week that Microsoft might soon be releasing a new Xbox 360 Elite with a 250GB hard drive and two wireless controllers.  —  The ads suggest that the new console is called the Xbox Super 360 Elite.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sony announces VAIO X ultraportable  —  Sony just announced the VAIO X at IFA 2009, a half-inch thin ultraportable with an 11.1-inch screen and a new all-day battery that “will set the new standard for stamina.”  The machine's built of carbon fiber, so it weighs just a pound and a half …
Discussion: The Toybox, Electricpig and Gizmodo
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 …
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: CRM FYI and VentureBeat
 
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