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7:35 AM ET, August 17, 2009

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell Mini 3i smartphone gets official outing in China  —  At last, the much rumored Dell cellphone has made its first official appearance.  The 3.5-inch 360 x 640 pixel device with capacitive touchscreen was on display in China running the Android-based Open Mobile System (OMS).
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.
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
TomTom iPhone Navigation Makes U.S. App Store Debut for $100  —  TomTom has officially launched their turn-by-turn GPS navigation system for both U.S. and Canada in the App Store for $99.99.  On Sunday, four regional versions of TomTom's app popped up in the New Zealand App Store via iTunes …
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Andrew Lim / Recombu:
TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS: Satisfied-nav  —  Do you look at your iPhone so much that you often get lost?  There's an app for that.  Today TomTom released its iPhone 3G and 3GS app that offers sat-nav goodness without the clunky looking sat-nav.  It costs £60, which isn't that expensive …
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.
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
Steve Jobs: The man who polished Apple  —  Chief executive of Apple Inc and owner of Jackling House changed the world and cheated death.  So why the paranoia?  —  For five years the owner of the Jackling House in Woodside, California, has been trying to knock it down.
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Softpedia News:
Apple Tries to Block Newspaper Story on Steve Jobs  —  The life of Steve Jobs, and the life at Apple  —  Apple reportedly tried to block a lengthy, 4,000-word piece in yesterday's Sunday Times newspaper.  In the story (eventually published), Apple and its iconic CEO are described as imperfect entities.
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
The rise of the $299 Wal-Mart laptop  —  Updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT: adding Windows 7 and Celeron processor information.  —  There's a new $299 laptop in vogue at stores—and it's not a Netbook.  —  These laptops sport big screens, optical drives, plenty of memory, and reasonable graphics horsepower.
Discussion: The Toybox and TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Huffington Post and Facebook Go “Social News,” With Connect on Steroids  —  In an unusually robust collaboration using Facebook Connect, the Huffington Post is launching a feature on Monday called “HuffPost Social News,” which lets readers create a personalized social networking-like news page on the Huffington Post itself.
Thanks:atul
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Big noises join chorus behind Twitter TweetDeck  —  Two of the biggest names in the British technology sector have thrown their weight behind a start-up operation aimed at providing easier access to Twitter, the social networking and microblogging site.  —  Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com …
Discussion: paidContent
Clare Baldwin / Reuters:
IBM uses DNA to make next-gen microchips  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp is looking to the building blocks of our bodies — DNA — to be the structure of next-generation microchips.  —  As chipmakers compete to develop ever-smaller chips at cheaper prices, designers are struggling to cut costs.
 
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David Carr / New York Times:
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Tom Watson MP:
Filesharing: Why the government should proceed with caution …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Thanks:kevinmarks
canada.com:
Facebook must satisfy Canada's privacy commissioner by Monday
Discussion: Slashdot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Veterans Launch Rocket Fuel, A “Hybrid” Ad Network
John Burke / Download Squad:
Five apps for the stoner and stoner at heart
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Stole IDs for Attacks
Discussion: PC World
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
All Programming is Web Programming  —  Michael Braude decries …
 Earlier Items: 
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Apple and its iPhone get fleeced in China, but will Google fare any better?
Discussion: Associated Press
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Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
internetnews.com:
iPhone 3G Owners Griping About 3.0 Wi-Fi Glitch
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Connection Fees Next in Battle to Lower Mobile Rates in Europe
Laura Fitzpatrick / Time:
Building a Media Empire Around I Can Has Cheezburger
Discussion: TechFlash