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2:40 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 …
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 and Gadgetopia
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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.
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  —  Patent filing stokes speculation that "Gpay" mobile payments service could accompany rollout of proprietary "Gphone"  —  The emergence of a patent filing has stoked speculation that Google is working on a mobile phone-based payments service dubbed …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Shopping via SMS with Google's Gpay
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
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
Discussion: JR says
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 …
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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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Don't hit Wi-Fi delete key  —  IT'S TIME for Wi-Fi 2.0 if San Francisco is serious about overcoming the financial and leadership problems that killed the first version.  —  For over two years, City Hall pored over - and mostly bickered over - a plan to blanket San Francisco with free wireless Internet service.
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
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
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.
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.
 
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