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1:40 PM ET, September 6, 2010


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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
What Big Brands Are Spending on Google  —  From BP's Boost in June to AT&T's Massive IPhone Outlay, Internal Doc Reveals What Marketers Drop on Search  —  NEW YORK ( — Before BP could stem the oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, it unleashed $100 million in ad spending …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia N8 launches September 30, says senior manager  —  '; Tapani Kaskinen is Nokia's Senior Comms Manager, so it's fitting that he'd be the first person from the company to communicate a solid release date for its long-awaited N8 handset.  The gent in question told Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia said to be launching E7 smartphone next week  —  Well, it looks like the mystery of Nokia's Symbian^3 slider may soon be solved — Reuters is reporting that the company will introduce its new “flagship” E7 smartphone at its Nokia World event in London next week, and it says that the device …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia bets on new smartphones for recovery  —  (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's biggest cellphone maker by volume, will introduce new smartphone models next week at its annual media and industry event, aiming to assure investors the company is on track to recovery.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Some See a Ploy as Craigslist Blocks Sex Ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Craigslist, by shutting off its “adult services” section and slapping a “censored” label in its place, is engaging in what some analysts describe as a high-stakes stunt to influence public opinion.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Regulating sex and speech  —  Let me start with a disclosure: I hope to think that Craig Newmark is a friend.  He can be as hard for me to read as James Joyce or C++.  But I know him as a decent and genuine man who believes that he is bringing a service to millions of people …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Your Post-Craigslist Guide to Buying Sex Online
Discussion: and New York Times
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Android Only Surging Because Apple Is Letting It?  —  This weekend, I've been catching up on some reading.  One post that was of particular interest to me was David Beach's article from last week about developing for Android.  Beach, who is a product manager at eBay Mobile and a co-founder of 12seconds …
iPod touch made up 37.7 percent of all iOS devices sold so far  —  On September 1st, Apple announced that 120 million iOS devices were sold to date.  —  We know that there were 59.6 million iPhones sold through June (from SEC filings)  —  We also know that 3.2 million iPads were sold.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC's dual-mode CDMA / GSM Android slider hits the FCC, decked out in shades of Verizon  —  Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G?  It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Samsung suggests Galaxy Tab will cost between $200 and $400 — also coming to Vodafone  —  Early reports indicate Europe will pay a pretty penny for Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but the 7-inch tablet may cost a good bit less when it comes to US shores — the Wall Street Journal paraphrases …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Curse of 3D TV  —  (At Panasonic's IFA booth: People using 3D glasses and monitors to watch the live women in front of their faces.)  —  If you determine the big story here at the IFA tech show here in Berlin based on raw square footage in the booths, there's no question what it is: 3D TV is everywhere.
Serena Saitto / San Francisco Chronicle:
U.S. tech firms shop abroad to avoid taxes  —  Serena Saitto, Bloomberg Businessweek  —  U.S. technology companies are in a bind.  Much of their cash is parked abroad and they risk higher taxes if they bring profits from overseas back home.  —  They have joined other U.S. businesses …
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