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1:05 AM ET, August 17, 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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay Before It's Gone  —  In common with music and movies, it's not that hard to copy a website.  It might take some serious server power to serve torrents to millions of people every day, but all the torrent files and site code don't take up that much space.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Paul Graham / Hacker News:
A New Experiment: The RFS  —  Every funding cycle we try to do something new.  For the upcoming winter 2010 cycle we're introducing the RFS (Request for Startups).  —  There are a lot of startup ideas we've been waiting for people to apply with, sometimes for years.
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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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TomTom for iPhone Appears in New Zealand App Store [Updated: Also Australia, Western Europe, U.S., Canada]  —  iPhoneclub.nl 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 …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Stole IDs for Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — Russian hackers hijacked American identities and U.S. software tools and used them in an attack on Georgian government Web sites during the war between Russia and Georgia last year, according to new research to be released Monday by a nonprofit U.S. group.
VentureBeat:
Apple and its iPhone get fleeced in China, but will Google fare any better?  —  China presents a conundrum for U.S. companies.  It's the largest market in the world, by population, and it's consistently the fastest growing economy.  There's a huge amount of money to be made there.
Discussion: Associated Press
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sites Ask Users to Spend to Save  —  Some people will stop at nothing to snap up a bargain — even if it means paying too much.  —  That is the paradoxical principle behind Swoopo, a Web site that offers a seductive and controversial proposition to online shoppers.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
All Programming is Web Programming  —  Michael Braude decries …
Clare Baldwin / Reuters:
IBM uses DNA to make next-gen microchips
Discussion: ITworld.com and Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Video: An Apple Store trifecta
internetnews.com:
iPhone 3G Owners Griping About 3.0 Wi-Fi Glitch
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Connection Fees Next in Battle to Lower Mobile Rates in Europe
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Fitzpatrick / Time:
Building a Media Empire Around I Can Has Cheezburger
Discussion: TechFlash
Steve Lohr / Bits:
To Microsoft, Basic Research Is Good Insurance
Discussion: deal architect and New York Times
John C. Welch / Macworld:
Outlook on the Mac: And they lived happily ever after?