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1:40 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 …
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.
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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 and Gadgetopia
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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
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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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Shopping via SMS with Google's Gpay
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could GPay Be Google's Killer Phone App?
Patrick Altoft / SEOptimise:
Google Patents SMS Payment System
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.
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:
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
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
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Office 2.0 Conference for next gen workers  —  As the shift towards online applications grows strong, so do the conferences and events that promote working online.  —  The Office 2.0 conference is just around the corner in San Francisco, September 5-7th 2007.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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:
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.
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
 
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