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8:10 PM ET, August 16, 2009


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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
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 …
Apple and its iPhone get fleeced in China, but will Google fare any better?  —  In general, China presents a conundrum for U.S. companies.  It's the largest market in the world, by population, and its consistently the fastest growing economy.  There's a huge amount of money to be made there.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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.
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Retailer's Photo Confirms Nokia N97 Mini and Reveals Other Phones  —  A retailer uploaded a photo on Flickr that deserves 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.
Discussion: CellPassion and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Starts Seeding Ideas To Startups  —  Y Combinator sees no shortage of startups that apply to be a part of their funding cycles.  But they don't always see all the ideas they'd like to see come out of the classes.  So starting with the upcoming Winter 2010 cycle, they have a new idea called RFS, Requests For Startups.
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 …
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 …
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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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
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Discussion: TechFlash
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
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