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12:00 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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GP/Göteborg:
Iphone 3G antenna test  —  Is there a problem with Iphone's antenna?  Is the coverage worse than for other mobiles?  There are many rumors on the internet.  In the USA someone is going to sue Apple.  We took our iphone to a test chamber for fact-finding.
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and Gizmodo
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Wired.com's iPhone 3G Survey Reveals Network Weaknesses  —  Wired.com's survey of iPhone 3G users suggests that widespread data speed problems have more to do with carriers' networks than with Apple's handsets.  —  Recently Wired.com asked iPhone 3G users all around the world to participate in a study …
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Google finds no privacy on private roads  —  Google's Street View service apparently thinks your “no trespassing” and “private road” signs are just for decoration.  —  The service, which gives Web users a driver's perspective of hundreds of cities around the world, has raised the ire …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Broadcom To Buy AMD Digital TV Chip Unit For $192.8M  —  Broadcom (BRCM) this morning announced a deal to buy Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) digital TV chip business for $192.8 million in cash.  The deal is expect to close in the fourth quarter.  —  In connection with the deal, 530 AMD employees will join Broadcom.
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek and TG Daily
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Broadcom to buy AMD's digital TV business
Discussion: CrunchGear
PR Newswire:
Broadcom to Acquire Digital TV Business from AMD
Discussion: GigaOM
Sarah Halzack / Washington Post:
Marketing Moves to the Blogosphere  —  Business Model Shifts to Engage Customers Online  —  Jason Calacanis, who got into blogging early and big, has quit.  —  He co-founded a network of blogs called Weblogs in 2003, before the medium cracked the mainstream, and then sold it to AOL in 2005, working there until 2007.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Audience for Games Soars for NBC and Yahoo  —  Steve Ferguson woke up early on Friday — 3 a.m. to be exact — to watch his stepdaughter Margaux Isaksen, a 16-year-old Olympian, complete a grueling 11-hour performance in the modern pentathlon.  —  Mr. Ferguson did not watch Margaux compete in person.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Qwest CTO on FTTP, bandwidth caps and integrated services  —  Qwest plans to roll out integrated home services where it ties its services in with those from its partners such as MSN and DirecTV in a move enabled by a thin layer of software, according to Qwest CTO Pieter Poll.
Discussion: DSLreports
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon may enter college textbook market with new Kindle  —  The student textbook market will soon welcome another newcomer to the market in the form of a revamped Amazon Kindle, according to McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Tim Bueneman.  If true, it will have to compete with a number …
Discussion: Valleywag, WebProNews and Engadget
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Can You Guess Which Facebook App Is Making A Million Dollars A Month?  —  Facebook is a famously difficult place to make money.  Despite the popularity of the social network, most ads go for pennies per thousand impressions (CPMs).  Even Social Media, a Facebook ad network that is able …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Road Tolls Hacked  —  A researcher claims that toll transponders can be cloned, allowing drivers to pass for free.  —  Drivers using the automated FasTrak toll system on roads and bridges in California's Bay Area could be vulnerable to fraud, according to a computer security firm in Oakland, CA.
Discussion: Payments News and The Raw Feed
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
Jitters Over Virtualization  —  The easy stuff is already done in enterprise virtualization.  What comes next is much more complex.  —  Virtualization has been proved to boost utilization of individual servers, particularly those powered by multicore processors.
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Sakar acquires Vivitar brand and IP  —  Sakar International announced on Monday that it has snapped up the Vivitar brand name and intellectual property from Syntax-Brillian in a move to expand its camera line into the midrange digital-camera market and gain greater visibility.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Brian McConnell / GigaOM:
What Obama's Text Message Campaign Reveals
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Avenue A Deal Could Give WPP, Microsoft What They Really Want
Fred / A VC:
Sometimes You Just Have To Walk Away
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's food perks on the chopping block
Chris Cadelago / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wikimedia pegs future on education, not profit
Discussion: Infothought
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Preferring the Web Over Watching TV
Discussion: p2pnet
Eric / Photography Bay:
Canon 50D Photos With 18-200mm IS Kit Lens
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
An open-source approach to tracking stolen laptops