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6:55 PM ET, September 4, 2007

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The Official Palm Blog:
A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers  —  As many of you are aware, we are in the process of building our next generation software platform.  We are very excited about how this is coming together.  It has a modern flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment.
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Palm kills the Foleo dead  —  We are seriously not going to take credit for this, but holy crap, Palm just cancelled the Foleo, just like we asked them to!  Palm CEO Ed Colligan just posted a message to the company's official blog stating that they've decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Palm cancels first-generation Foleo
Discussion: Mashable!
Think Secret:
Touch-screen iPod to take center stage  —  Apple will at last unveil a touch-screen iPod with a 3.5-inch display at its media event Wednesday, sources have confirmed, some 20 months after Think Secret first broke word of the device's development.  —  The new iPod will feature similar dimensions …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Why Microsoft deserved to lose the OOXML standards vote
Discussion: BetaNews
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
iPhone Becomes Leading U.S. Smart Phone Model in July  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone outsold all smart phones in the United States during July, and equaled the sales of the most popular feature phone, according to iSuppli Corp. The iPhone accounted for 1.8 percent of all mobile-handset unit sales to U.S. consumers during July.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone outsold all smartphones in July  —  The iPhone may not have hit the million mark as soon as armchair analysts expected, but it's still doing well in the marketplace according to data from iSuppli.  The market research firm conducts monthly online surveys of over 2 million US residents …
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps  —  Rumors of an online storage solution from Google have been circulating for years.  These rumors became stronger in July last year when references to Platypus and GDrive were accidentally made available on the writely.com domain.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Newest Role: Venture Capitalist  —  The tech giant's startup investments are narrowing opportunities for VCs.  Other corporations are upping their venture investing, too  —  Just as it has done to companies in the software, publishing, and advertising industries, Google is becoming a thorn in the side of venture capitalists.
Dell:
Say 'Goodbye' To The Desk - Dell Launches Its Most Powerful Mobile Workstation Yet For On-The-Go Professionals  —  Dell Precision M6300 Model Delivers Performance, Features to Create, Analyze, Design  —  Dell today introduced a mobile workstation, the Dell PrecisionTM M6300 …
Gary Weiss / gary-weiss.com:
Wikipedia Bans Overstock.com  —  This appears to be a two-items-on-Overstock.com day.  Well, it's not for nothing that they call this sleazy Internet retailer "the gift that keeps on giving."  —  It seems that one of Judd Bagley's "black ops" targets, Wikipedia, is getting sick and tired of being abused and spammed by this company.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Days after closing music store, Sony eyes video downloads (again)  —  The video download business has been somewhat of a rocky one as of late, but that isn't stopping Sony from considering joining in on the fun.  The company is rumored to be planning the service so that videos will be playable on consumers' television sets.
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications  —  Site's Growing Ranks  —  Seen as Potential Source  —  Of Revenue, Customers  —  Another online gold rush is on.  Entrepreneurs are scrambling to create small software programs for Facebook Inc.'s social-networking site and grab footholds in its emerging economy.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony edits Wikipedia, downplaying Halo 3's graphics  —  The Internet sees everything.  It used to be you were safe to strike out at your enemies via Wikipedia edits, but with the advent of WikiScanner, those days are over.  Which is why we're discussing a small edit made to the Wikipedia page of Halo 3.
Discussion: WebProNews, SMC, Maxconsole, Gawker and Digg
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Is Comcast's BitTorrent filtering violating the law?  —  Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  I'm a cyber-security PhD student and take classes in the Indiana University law school, but this in no way makes me a legal expert.  Caveat Lector.  —  Within the last few weeks …
Discussion: dslreports.com
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Gartner: Expect an enterprise iPhone  —  Apple might start making enterprise-class iPhones or incorporate more enterprise-friendly features into existing models, a Gartner analyst has predicted.  —  Gartner previously dismissed the idea of iPhones becoming business tools, but the analyst group seems to be warming to the possibility.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Macsimum News
 
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Erik Larkin / Today @ PC World:
A Nice Facelift for Free E-mail Apps
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost: Sending Promo Emails Because It Needs To?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
The fun never ends: another Dell up in flames
Discussion: Tech Blog and Digg
Aldamiz / MyStrands Blog:
Introducing MyStrands.TV! Your free, personalized, Internet music TV
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and NewTeeVee
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Mass Firings: Estimating Financial Impact
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How The Record Labels Are Only Ten Years Behind In Their Thinking …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
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Troy Unrau / Ars Technica:
A first look at KDE 4 beta 2
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Alertbox:
Fancy Formatting, Fancy Words = Looks Like a Promotion = Ignored
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Web Strategy: What the Web Strategist should know about Twitter
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Track flights with a Google Maps Mashup
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Go and get Opera 9.5 alpha!
Lisa Sounio / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr Receives Funding from Premier International Team: Varsavsky …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
The iPod is growing up  —  reporter's notebook If Apple …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
New iPod Tomorrow, September 5: What Else Happened That Day?
 

 
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