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11:25 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 …
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
IBM to open source collaboration software?  —  InfoWorld is reporting that IBM may soon open source key parts of its Jazz collaboration software.  Jazz comes from the Rational side of IBM's business, and is a development tool that facilitates code collaboration between developers.
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John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
IBM may open source Jazz collaboration software  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - IBM's Rational Software unit is considering putting parts of its Jazz collaboration framework into open source, according to an executive of the company.  —  "We might think about open-sourcing some of the very lowest layers …
USA Today:
Wii still tops in sales; PS3 gains momentum  —  Sony dropped the price on its PlayStation 3 in July — from $599 to $499 for its 60-gigabyte model — and got a bump in sales, but Nintendo's Wii continued to dominate by posting its largest monthly sales figure of 2007.
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Scott Hillis / Reuters:   Video game sales rise 37 percent in July
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 …
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: Insider Chatter and Social Media
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: The Register
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Music industry caps fees for Webcasters
Discussion: p2pnet, paidContent.org and hypebot
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
John Oates / The Register:
IBM and Microsoft launch battling unified comms packs  —  IBM and Microsoft are both launching unified communications bundles - software which will allow management of email, VoIP calls, instant messaging, and video conferencing.  —  IBM's is called UC2 - for unified communication and collaboration …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and eWEEK.com
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
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Is the digital pen mightier?  —  For decades, tech companies have been trying to create a digital pen that appeals to the masses.  But after years of effort, the world isn't exactly overrun with high-tech quills.  —  A new crop of companies, however, say it's too soon to write off the idea.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Princeton's itty bitty USB Bluetooth 2.0+EDR module  —  Remember that crazy small, RF receiver used with Logitech's VX Nano?  Meet the Bluetooth 2.0+EDR equiv, the Princeton's PTM-UBT3S which measures just 19-mm (0.75-inches) long.  So yeah, it's small, in fact, it's claimed …
Discussion: DailyTech
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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Conversation with KickApps SVP, Michael Chin  —  KickApps is a white-label ASP social networking provider.  They claim over 5100 total sites (not sure how many are active) and with their 2.0 release in March include companies such as HBO, Scripps Networks and Vibe magazine on their client list.
Susan Haigh / Associated Press:
Conn. offers high-tech voting lessons  —  HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut is going high-tech to lure young voters to the polls.  —  Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced Thursday that her agency's Web site will offer a video showing how to use the state's recently acquired optical scan voting machines.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Holy smoke! Xbox 360 controller overheats
Eva Glass / Inquirer:
AMD's Henri Richard rumored to be joining Apple
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Movie pirate forced to ditch Linux
Om Malik / GigaOM:
All Americans To Have Mobile Phones by 2013
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MocoSpace Has Strong Growth; Race To Be MySpace For Mobile
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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
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Seriously Pushing For WTO Approval To Distribute Free Music And Movies
Discussion: Inquirer
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Nikon and Canon Offer High-End Cameras in Fight for Pro Market
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Discussion: Scobleizer, OnoTech and PC4Media
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
COMING SOON: OUTSTANDING MOBILE VIDEO SEARCH FROM VEVEO
Kit: The Ars Hardware Journal:
No Bioshock Rapture in sight for ATI X800/X850 users
Discussion: digg
Cade Metz / The Register:
Vonage attacked by defunct rival
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Running a battery on sugar