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5:20 PM ET, September 3, 2007

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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Jotspot Coming to Google Apps as Google Wiki?  —  Since acquiring Jotspot last October, Google has been busy working on integrating the wiki service into its infrastructure.  —  In April this year, Jotspot's help and support pages moved to Google and a few months later Dave Girouard mentioned …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Presentations and JotSpot Could Be Available Next Week  —  Google will participate at the Office 2.0 Conference that takes place next week in San Francisco.  Jonathan Rochelle, Product Manager at Google Spreadsheets, will be there:  —  "Almost a year ago - it was October 10-11 …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
JotSpot = Google Wiki? and the launch of Google Presentations  —  The word on the web is that Google could be transforming JotSpot into a Google Wiki.  —  Google acquired the WYSIWYG wiki website creator last October, and there have been numerous discussions about what they could be doing with it.
Nick / Rough Type:
Adblock Plus: the nuclear plug-in  —  Adblock Plus, the Firefox browser plug-in that erases advertisements from web pages, is a killer of a killer app - or at least it would be if it became widely popular.  Right now, it sits like a coyote at the edge of the net, quietly eyeing all the businesses it would happily devour.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Whiting Out the Ads, but at What Cost?  —  MORE white space.  —  I sent an e-mail message to a friend telling him about Adblock Plus, an easy-to-use free addition to the Firefox Internet browser that deletes advertisements from Web sites.  That subject line of his reply summed it up quite nicely.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Mark Evans and Gadgetopia
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five Facts About Google Phone  —  Is Google (GOOG) Phone fact or fiction?  Engadget says Google's entry into mobile phone business is for real, and the company is going to announce it soon.  Scott Kirsner talked to a bunch of folks over who are intimately familiar with the effort and outlined …
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Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Introducing the Google Phone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Return Of The Schwag  —  The true hard core geek/fanboy crowd loved ValleySchwag when it launched in the Spring of 2006.  For $15 per month you would receive a package containing tshirts, stickers, pens and other junk that new startups pay a fortune to have created with their logo printed on it.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
BBC:
Mobiles to become digital wallets  —  The UK's big five mobile phone firms have switched on a payment system that turns handsets into digital wallets.  —  Called PayForIt, the scheme is designed for those buying goods and services with a value of up to £10.
Discussion: Engadget, Tech.co.uk and mocoNews.net
Willpark / IntoMobile:
Google puts in patent application for SMS text message payment system - say what?  —  Wait, hasn't this already been done before?  Indeed it has.  SMS text message-based payment system have been in use for quite some time now, and it seems that Google has been keen to the new trend for about a year and a half.
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Times of London:
Google looks at payments by mobile phone
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Shopping via SMS with Google's Gpay
Discussion: CrunchGear and UNEASYsilence
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Metro Round-Up: For Labor Day, It's Rather Busy  —  San Francisco Chronicle endorses city-wide Wi-Fi without any idea about how to get it: Funny editorial.  It promotes the notion of "fast, reliable, and low-cost service" via Wi-Fi across the city, while noting that perhaps another model …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Installer Thingy Coming This Week  —  In June Microsoft said that they would soon be aggregating the Windows Live services into a single downloadable installer to give users an easy way to access the suite of services.  Today the New York Times is reporting that Microsoft …
Discussion: Profy.Com, Geek Speaker and WinBeta
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Coming soon: hard drives with 1GB+ DDR RAM cache  —  Hard drives have long utilized small bits of cache memory to boost performance, and some recent hybrid hard drives already combine up to 256MB of NAND flash memory with traditional platter-based storage.  Now a Japanese company called DTS …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The hundred gadget giveaway starts midnight tonight  —  This one goes out to all the folks who've been waiting ever so patiently to take home some gear in an Engadget giveaway.  This week we're giving away over a hundred gadgets, games, swag bags, and the like — including an HDTV, a DSLR …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Digg
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: Exclusive Opera 9.5 Features & Video  —  CyberNet Exclusive Look  —  We've decided to break away from our normal CyberNotes today to take an exclusive look at the features in Opera 9.5 (codename Kestrel).  Opera has done a remarkable job of keeping the specs and features of Opera 9.5 under wraps.
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
LEAK: First HP iPAQ 600 and iPAQ 900 renderings hit the Web  —  You have seen the expected specs of the new HP iPAQ 600 and iPAQ 900 on the::  unwired before but now, Smartphone France also posted two renderings of what the iPAQ 600 and iPAQ 900 should look like.
BBC:
Nintendo dominates in console war  —  Nintendo's Wii continues to dominate the Japanese console market, according to latest sales figures.  —  Nintendo sold nearly a quarter of a million machines during August, whilst Sony sold just over 80,000 PlayStation 3s and Microsoft just 11,000 Xbox 360s.
 
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Flynn De Marco / Kotaku:
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BBC:
Sony confirms security problem
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Nicky Blackburn / Jerusalem Post:
Israeli start-up turns your email into a phone
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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