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2:00 PM ET, August 24, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone unlocked: AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity, August 24, 2007, 12:00PM EDT  —  It's high noon, Apple and AT&T — we really hate to break it to you, but the jig is up.  Last night the impossible was made possible: right in front of our very eyes we witnessed a full SIM unlock of our iPhone with a small piece of software.
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 …
Discussion: A VC and dailywireless.org
Bloomberg:
Google May Start New York Transit Guide to Boost Ads  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet search engine, provides online transit guides for more than a dozen U.S. cities including Dallas and San Diego.  Now it may take on the biggest.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google to add transit maps for New York  —  Google has been providing Google Maps-based public transit directions for a few years now.  If you happen to live in Portland, San Diego, Pittsburgh, or a handful of other cities, that is.  —  But Bloomberg is reporting that Google Transit …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
vnunet:
Court orders pirate to use Windows  —  A man convicted of illegally downloading an episode of Star Wars has been told that he can no longer use his computer with an Ubuntu Linux operating system.  —  Scott McCausland pleaded guilty last year to 'conspiracy to commit copyright infringement …
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John Leyden / The Register:   Movie pirate forced to ditch Linux
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 …
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Nokia battery recall to cost Matsushita up to $172m
Discussion: InfoWorld
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
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Billboard.Biz:
Major Labels, Large Webcasters Reach Agreement
Discussion: Contentinople and Coolfer
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Music industry caps fees for Webcasters
Discussion: paidContent.org, p2pnet and hypebot
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
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Times Launches My Yahoo Clone A Decade Late  —  from the 1996-is-calling...-it-wants-its-idea- back dept  —  We were just wondering why the NY Times doesn't seem to understand the basic workings of the internet, and perhaps the answer is just that they're still a decade behind the rest of us.
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
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
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: Engadget and Gizmodo
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
'Hey!  Nielsen,' Why Are You Going Viral?  Researcher Develops Social Network To Measure TV, Internet, Music, Celebrities  —  FIRST THERE WAS MYSPACE.  THEN there was Facebook.  Now the world's biggest researcher is launching "Hey!  Nielsen," a new online social community where people can discuss …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Source: Major Apple event on September 5th  —  Apple's new line of iPods will indeed be introduced in September, in line with recent speculation and rumors.  But contrary to the report provided by AppleInsider yesterday, the announcement will not be happening mid-to-late September.
 
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Chris Baker / Wired News:
The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade, an Obscure Webcomic Turned Vidgame Empire
Discussion: Blue's News and digg
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Sergio iSpin iPod Sound Effect Mixer
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Facebook = Platform + Graph + Feed. It's that Simple. (& so am i)
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
YouTube vows to protect video makers in InVideo ads
Discussion: Profy.Com
Abovethelaw.com:
Someone Deserves To Be Shot Over This
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Capital, Rockin' to the Oldies
Discussion: VentureBeat and p2pnet
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New DRM scheme will let consumers stream cable TV over home networks
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Web Users Ignore Ads (and Newspaper Users Don't?)
Discussion: Lost Remote
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
SunRocket Sues Vonage Over Use of Customer List
Discussion: Profy.Com
Eva Glass / Inquirer:
AMD's Henri Richard rumored to be joining Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Conversation with KickApps SVP, Michael Chin
John Oates / The Register:
IBM and Microsoft launch battling unified comms packs
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
USA Today:
Wii still tops in sales; PS3 gains momentum
Discussion: Things That
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Is the digital pen mightier?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Data center efficiency - the good, the bad and the way too hot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MocoSpace Has Strong Growth; Race To Be MySpace For Mobile
Discussion: rb.trends