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9:20 AM ET, August 24, 2007

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rediff.com:
Forget iPhone, the Gphone is here  —  Google, the nearly $13.5 billion search engine major, is believed to be a fortnight away from the worldwide launch of its much-awaited Google Phone (Gphone) and has started talks with service providers in India for an exclusive launch on one of their networks.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could The GPhone Be Nigh?  —  Todays completely unsubstantiated rumor comes from Rediff News, a usually well respected source of news based in India.  Rediff is reporting that the Google Phone is set to be launched in 2 weeks time!  The GPhone is said to simultaneously launch in both Europe …
Narayan Kamath / en.blog.orkut.com:
Coming Soon: A New Look!  —  Remember the first time that you logged into orkut?  Maybe you received a coveted invitation from a friend, heard about it in a blog, or stumbled upon it when searching for a social network on google.com.  But no matter when your first login was …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Sony Defeats Truman  —  This just in from video-game reporting headquarters: Sony may be a consumer electronics giant, but its public relations folks aren't so powerful when it comes to prognostication.  —  Yesterday, said spinsters made a bold prediction about sales figures for video game consoles that were due out today.
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Scott Hillis / Reuters:   Video game sales rise 37 percent in July
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   With 60% sales boost, PS3 is hotter but still in "last place"
Nokia:
Nokia and Matsushita Battery agree on costs related to BL-5C batteries  —  Matsushita Battery to cover the direct costs related to the advisory  —  Helsinki, Finland and Tokyo, Japan - Nokia and Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd. of Japan are in agreement that Matsushita will cover …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mitsubishi working on 3D Blu-ray players, displays  —  We've seen a couple attempts at large-scale 3D displays that split DLP's 120Hz display rate into two 60Hz HD fields, but Mitsubishi is apparently showing off a slightly more advanced version of the technology at The Barclay's PGA Tour event, featuring 3D content on Blu-ray discs.
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Greg Tarr / TWICE:
Mitsubishi Evolves 3D DLP Technology
Discussion: 1080eyes.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Seriously Pushing For WTO Approval To Distribute Free Music And Movies  —  Since 2003, we've been following the saga of Antigua's fight against the US in the World Trade Organization.  Basically, Antigua argued that the US's ban on online gambling violated the free trade agreement …
Discussion: Inquirer
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times (NYT) Launches MyTimes.  Cool, But Ten Years Too Late  —  The New York Times continues to add to its impressive online site, rolling out a "MyTimes" feature today that has been behind a beta wall since last year.  The feature looks slick: Customizable widget boxes featuring …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
YELP LAUNCHES EVENTS, A WORTHY UPCOMING.ORG COMPETITOR  —  There's no doubt Yelp was going to add a local events and calendaring functionality to their popular user reviews service, and today they've done it with a new feature called Events.  Coincidentally, last week brought about a refresh …
Discussion: Scobleizer, OnoTech and PC4Media
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Firefox ad-blocker extension causes angst  —  (InfoWorld) - A Web site owner has blocked Firefox users from accessing his site in protest of a popular browser extension that blocks text and display ads.  —  Firefox users who go to http://jacklewis.net/weblog/ are redirected to Why Firefox is Blocked …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
In Primary, Tech's Home Is a Magnet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa, the place to be is the state fair.  Diners are popular in New Hampshire.  But for those visiting Silicon Valley, it's the Googleplex.  —  The destination, Google's headquarters …
Discussion: Social Media
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
COMING SOON: OUTSTANDING MOBILE VIDEO SEARCH FROM VEVEO  —  I got a demo today of a new mobile video search product called Vtap, from Veveo.  It's hardly the only video search engine out there (see Blinkx, Truveo [review], and Google), but it has special powers on mobile devices.  In fact, it's mobile-only.
The Official Palm Blog:
Thanks Engadget  —  Dear Peter, Ryan and Joshua:  —  Thank you for the very thoughtful post about Palm.  I really appreciate the fact that you guys and others care enough to take the time to write such a comprehensive list of actions.  I forwarded it to our entire executive staff and many others at Palm have read it.
Bloomberg:
SoundExchange reaches Web royalties deal  —  SoundExchange Inc., an organization that collects royalties for musicians and record companies, agreed with a group representing Internet broadcasters to cap fees at $50,000 a year per webcaster.  —  The webcasters agreed to provide the agency …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Data center efficiency - the good, the bad and the way too hot  —  Meat Cast Ah, data center efficiency.  The big vendors have embraced this topic like an admin embraces a bag of Dorritos.  —  Luckily, we're here to separate fact from fiction.  Episode 5 of Semi-Cohernet Computing …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Cade Metz / The Register:
Vonage attacked by defunct rival  —  It's a bit like fending off a house fly while you're locked in mortal combat with Godzilla.  —  As it continues to battle a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit from telecom behemoth Verizon, VoIP pioneer Vonage is now facing a suit from the remains of SunRocket …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MocoSpace Has Strong Growth; Race To Be MySpace For Mobile
Discussion: rb.trends
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The zunePhone  —  Mark sent us this silly mockup of a zunePhone …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Two Deals Show Skype's Relevance In New Work Space
George Hotz / Finding JTAG on the iPhone:
Step 1  —  First, I would like to say thanks again to gray …
Discussion: Inquirer and WinBeta
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Nikon and Canon Offer High-End Cameras in Fight for Pro Market
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Bigger is better: send files up to 2GB for free
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Kit: The Ars Hardware Journal:
No Bioshock Rapture in sight for ATI X800/X850 users
Discussion: digg
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Shopping from your cell phone
Discussion: Cool Hunting
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
More time needed for Palm's Foleo
Discussion: MobHappy
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
AGEIA Announces Mobile Physics Processor
Discussion: TechSpot News
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
U of Tennessee student says RIAA subpoena violates federal privacy law
Reporters Without Borders:
Government gets blog service providers to sign "self-discipline" …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Running a battery on sugar
George Ou:
Can owning a Wi-Fi Skype phone land you in jail?
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft kills its 'Get the Facts' anti-Linux site