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9:00 PM ET, August 27, 2007

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rizzn.com v11.1:
GPhone - It's Confirmed  —  Update 5:36 PM CST (8/27/2007): 211 Blog Reactions to the story, according to Technorati.  Apparently I struck a chord talking about the what people seemed to have now dubbed it, the "gPhone" (notice the iPhone-style capitalization).
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Phone An Attempt To Take On $100 PC?  —  Google Phone has been a subject of many rumors lately.  Mark Hopkins, a technology podcaster, says he got the confirmation of the Gphone after talking to an insider Google (GOOG). … If that indeed is the case, then it makes sense for Google …
Discussion: Fake Steve Here …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Blocks Searches From US Visitors  —  This service denial seems to be a preventative measure to protect their users, when US users try to search on TorrentSpy they now get this message: … The search redirect will be permanent, TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnell told TorrentFreak …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy shuts down in the U.S.  —  TorrentSpy.com, the BitTorrent tracking site facing a copyright lawsuit from the motion picture industry, is shutting down access to users in the United States, the company said in a statement late Sunday night.  —  The barring of U.S. residents …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Facebook App  —  Google made a lovely app for Facebook that lets you search the web and share the results with your friends.  Your queries are automatically included in Facebook's mini-feed, so your web history can be shared with your friends.  There's also a page that showcases popular results found by other Facebook users.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Mashable!
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Gateway Acquisition Helps Acer; But Will it Help Gateway?  —  Times have been tough for Gateway.  The company's U.S.-based shipments of PCs plummeted seven percent during the second quarter, bringing it neck and neck with Apple whose Mac sales have been skyrocketing.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
PC Maker Gateway Sold For $710 Million To Acer
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Updated: Fotolog Sells To French Hi-Media Group For $90 Million  —  NY-based social networking/photo sharing site Fotolog has been acquired by Hi-Media Group for a combination of cash and stock worth $90 million.  France-based Hi-Media adds Fotolog to its growing portfolio, which includes an ad network and a micro-payments business.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Want This In Photoshop Immediately  —  This image resizing and manipulation demonstration is sort of jaw dropping, particularly as the video goes on.  The related paper, written by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan is available here.  — Sphere It -
John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the all-new Yahoo! Mail  —  My kids, like most, love text messaging.  But while their nimble fingers can easily navigate cell phone keypads at lightening speeds, I definitely prefer a full keyboard, and am much more inclined to use email than text messaging.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, aka the godfather of the net, predicts the end of TV as we know it  —  Web guru foresees download revolution  —  Thirty years ago he helped create a technology that has revolutionised millions of lives around the world.  But yesterday the man known as the "godfather of the net" …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T legal hits the brakes on (commercial) iPhone unlocks  —  When we spoke to AT&T on Friday to get comment for the iPhoneSimFree.com story, not one, but two spokespeople told us that the company had no comment.  "No comment," in this case, apparently meant that they were lawyering up.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Unlocking the iPhone could invite DMCA suit
Mika / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Double Whammy!  Another Sony Case (And it's Not BioShock)  —  Biometrics - yes.  BioShock - no.  —  Hypothetical: Imagine that you visit your local mall and browse around for stuff to buy.  And you decide to buy a new CD from your favorite artist and you also buy a brand new cool USB stick thingy on an impulse.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IBM Server Worth $1.4 Million Falls Off Forklift  —  Federal contractor T.R. Systems says its workers were moving the server from a freight truck into its warehouse in Alexandria, Va., when the mishap occurred.  —  An IBM server worth $1.4 million was wrecked after it fell off a forklift during shipping.
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Yahoo files to dismiss China human rights suit  —  Yahoo on Monday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two Chinese journalists who alleged that the Internet company and its subsidiaries "willingly" handed over information about their online writing to the People's Republic of China.
Discussion: Bits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Earthlink Black Tuesday Looms: Job cuts, restructuring  —  EarthLink (ELNK), the Atlanta-based Internet Service Provider that has been taking it on the chin in the stock market for the past few months, is in for some major bloodletting, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.
Discussion: IP Democracy and TechBlog
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's friend-to-friend ad network  —  If Google has its way, web advertising is about to get a whole lot friendlier - and the definition of spam a whole lot fuzzier.  —  Recently, the search giant has, as noted by Bill Slawski, filed a series of patent applications that point to a new …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FotoFlexer Raises The Bar On Online Photo Editing  —  Online photo editors keep getting better and better.  For hardcore image manipulation, desktop software like Photoshop or Gimp will always have its place, but online editors are free, easy to use and a lot of fun.
New York Times:
Unauthorized Enjoyment of Song Irks Law Firm  —  It sounds like the setup for a joke: a law firm picks a fight with a legal blogger over the leak of an internal song celebrating — well, itself.  —  First, the song: after the law firm Nixon Peabody was named to Fortune magazine's 2007 list …
 
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