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12:10 PM ET, September 3, 2007

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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  —  The Internet is buzzing about it, but only a privileged few know what it looks like, what it will do, or when it will hit the streets  —  Cambridge has a chocolate factory, and a Willy Wonka.  The chocolate factory is Google's local research lab …
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could GPay Be Google's Killer Phone App?  —  An interesting new patent was published August 30 that would suggest that Google is developing a mobile phone payment system.  —  The Text Message Payment patent details a system where by Google offers a mobile focused payments under the title of GPay.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Shopping via SMS with Google's Gpay  —  Payments by cell phone?  Its 2007, we should have had that by now! (as well as flying cars) Not to worry, Google is on it.  Apparently the team in Mountain View California does have a patent describing how to make payments via cell phone by texting the sum to a processing server.
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Patrick Altoft / SEOptimise:
Google Patents SMS Payment System
John Markoff / New York Times:
Software via the Internet: Microsoft in 'Cloud' Computing  —  The empire is preparing to strike back — again.  —  In 1995, Microsoft added a free Web browser to its operating system in an attempt to fend off new rivals, an effort ultimately blocked by the courts.
Dburka / The Pownce Blog:
Fresh Features  —  We've just released a bunch of new stuff today to make Pownce even better.  There are a number of changes behind the scenes to help the site run faster as well as some sweet new things you can definitely see.  —  Upcoming Event Notifications
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhoneSIMfree begins fulfilling bulk orders, apparently will not unlock end users' phones  —  Are you ready for it?  Looks like iPhoneSIMfree is.  A number of tipsters have sent us emails that they've received announcing the availability of the elusive software unlock — delivery on Tuesday, 4th of September.
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: Tech.co.uk and mocoNews.net
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 …
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.
BBC:
Sony confirms security problem  —  Electronics giant Sony has confirmed a recently discovered security flaw in some of its products that could leave PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.  —  The firm said that the fault, which affected software packaged with memory sticks, was developed by a third-party.
Discussion: Engadget
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Multi-Day Paypal Subscription Outage  —  PayPal users are reporting the widespread failure of the PayPal subscription service.  —  According to user reports, the subscription service stopped working August 30 and remains down.  PayPal subscription payments are used widely by service providers …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What's Going On With PayPal? Is eBay Communications Clueless?
Discussion: White African and TECH.BLORGE.com
Flynn De Marco / Kotaku:
Random Act Of Kindness: Games, Hope and Charity  —  Games, Hope and Charity  —  It always warms my heart to hear gamers acting selflessly and this little tale from the halls of PAX is one that deserves telling.  —  Mr. Pulsar (pictured, above) arrived at PAX this year wanting to compete …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
A question for Twitter users out there  —  In the past week or so there has been talk about the informal use of tags in Twitter posts; also known as tweets, and using the pound key - # - as an identifier for those tags.  In theory I think this could be a great idea put I have a couple …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Man & His 100 Mbps Fiber Connected Life  —  Swedish grannies are connecting to the net at 40 gigabits per second life; 100 megabit per seconds are becoming common place in Japan and Korea; and even French are dreaming of an ultra-fast fiber future.  And yet, in the US we are all stuck in the slow lane …
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John 'CZ' Czwartacki / Verizon:
Meet Rich, the 100mbs Man
Discussion: ParisLemon
 
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