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6:45 PM ET, August 16, 2009


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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Photos of Snow Leopard Disc and Retail Packaging?  —  MacRumors has received a set of images claimed to be the retail packaging and disc for Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard.  If the images, which appear to depict the Portuguese version of Snow Leopard, are in fact authentic …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 For iPhone Submitted.  Now Let's Count The Days Until It's Available  —  Facebook has submitted v. 3.0 of their iPhone application to Apple, Joe Hewitt says via Twitter: “Just uploaded Facebook for iPhone 3.0 to the App Store for review. :)”  —  Hewitt also says he'll post screen shots …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Our Mac Chromium Updater: Stay Up To Date On The Best Versions Of Chrome For Mac  —  We've been gushing for weeks now about the latest Chromium builds for Mac.  Every day, they seem to get better.  The problem is that every day, several updates are released and you have to manually …
iPhone 3G Owners Griping About 3.0 Wi-Fi Glitch  —  Owners of the iPhone 3G who upgraded to OS 3.0 say their Wi-Fi connections aren't working properly — and are still waiting for Apple to address the issue.  —  Online forums have lit up with complaints from owners of the iPhone 3G …
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Retailer's Photo Confirms Nokia N97 Mini and Reveals Other Phones  —  A retailer uploaded a photo on Flickr that deserve a second look.  It is still online, but I shouldn't reveal the link because they may get in trouble.  Photo confirms the Nokia N97 mini which we have seen before, but also reveals other Nokias that are new to me.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Nudges Past AOL Email In The U.S. To Take No. 3 Spot.  —  Good thing Gmail is out of beta.  It is now the third largest Web mail service in the U.S. In July, Gmail nudged past AOL Email with 37 million unique visitors compared to 36.4 million for AOL, according to comScore estimates.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, The Loop, Gadgetell and, Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Video: An Apple Store trifecta  —  “Yes, I am a nerd!”  — JaxBearsFan  —  Despite the recession, Apple (AAPL) opened three new retail outlets on Saturday — in Mississauga, Ont., Naperville, Ill., and Reston, Va. — and its fan base obliged by forming long snaking queues …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TomTom for iPhone Appears in New Zealand App Store [Updated]  — reports [Google translation] that four regional versions of TomTom's much-anticipated iPhone GPS application have appeared in Apple's New Zealand App Store: U.S. & Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Discussion: iPhone Savior, Mashable! and Gizmodo
Fred / A VC:
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Laura Fitzpatrick / Time:
Building a Media Empire Around I Can Has Cheezburger  —  Ben Huh is the first to admit his company could easily have wound up on FAIL Blog.  For the uninitiated, that's his wildly popular website to which users submit photos and videos documenting such colossally stupid moves as writing …
Discussion: TechFlash
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Reno Redbox Kiosk Begins Spitting Out $2 Video Game Rentals  —  The first of the long-rumored Redbox video games kiosks has gone live in Reno.  Rentals are $2 per night for an at-the-moment limited selection of 13 Xbox 360 titles.  —  Eventually, the selection will grow to encompass Wii …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Connection Fees Next in Battle to Lower Mobile Rates in Europe  —  BERLIN — The next frontier for lower mobile calling rates in Europe is cracking a 20-year-old system of connection fees that has rewarded bigger operators and has artificially raised rates to consumers.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
To Microsoft, Basic Research Is Good Insurance  —  In an Unboxed column in Sunday's newspaper, I look at the continuing role and competitive advantage, if any, of large corporate research labs, given the new models of open innovation in the Internet era.  The column focuses on labs with one foot …
Discussion: deal architect and New York Times
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