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9:40 AM ET, September 3, 2007

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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.
Patrick Altoft / SEOptimise:
Google Patents SMS Payment System  —  A new patent application published by Google gives a unique insight into a possible mobile version of Google Checkout.  —  The Text Message Payment patent, filed on February 28th 2006, details how text messages could be used to pay for goods …
Discussion: CostPerNews, CrunchGear and Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Digital Signage and Geek Speaker
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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 …
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.
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.
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?  —  Yesterday I logged into PayPal and attempted to "accept" a payment.  When I click accept, it goes to a page that has an html title of "page not found" and a link to "try again".  I waited 24 hours and then contacted support.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and White African
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
Nicky Blackburn / Jerusalem Post:
Israeli start-up turns your email into a phone  —  Phoning from your e-mail?  Elad Hemar admits that at first it sounds ludicrous.  But this is exactly the service Yoomba, the Israeli company Hemar co-founded and launched just a few weeks ago, has developed.
Discussion: Skype-watch.com …
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Are You Getting Quechup Spammed?  —  One controversial issue among social networks is how hard they should push for user acquisition.  Most social networks these days let you to import your email address book in some way (Twitter is the latest), but most make it clear if they're about to mail your contacts.
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 …
Mark / Powerset Blog:
Parsing Miss South Carolina's Statement  —  It's not like it's easy to parse Wikipedia, but at least most of the its text is (usually) written with correct spelling, capitalized proper names, meaningful paragraph structure and so on.  A natural question is: how will our system perform …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Data Mining
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google and the wires torpedo newspapers  —  A fascinating announcement from Google about an arrangement with four of the world's major wire services that will see their content featured more prominently on Google News.  As far as I can tell, this deal has one major loser: namely …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Google News Hosting Wire Service Stories Diminishes Value Of Duplicate Content
 
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MarketWatch:
Apple to stop selling NBC shows through iTunes
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Another Sony rootkit worms its way to the surface
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Nippon Airways working on wireless flight check-in
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