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1:20 PM ET, August 24, 2009

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Nokia:
Nokia Booklet 3G brings all day mobility to the PC world  —  Espoo, Finland - After more than 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the mobile industry, Nokia will bring its rich mobility heritage and knowledge to the PC world with the new, Windows based, Nokia Booklet 3G.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nokia introduces Booklet 3G ‘mini laptop’  —  Nokia rocked the world this morning by introducing its spin on the laptop, called the Booklet 3G.  If you're the rude sort (like us) you could call it a fancy netbook, what with its Atom processor and 10.1-inch display, but that screen is higher res …
Lacy Kemp / The Real Story:
Introducing Rhapsody on the iPhone  —  Every day I watch Twitter to see what people are talking about with regards to our brands.  I see lots of suggestions and lots of feedback, but the one thing that keeps on coming is this question: When will Rhapsody be on the iPhone?  Or, when will Rhapsody be on Android?
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Peter / gdgt:
Subscription music comes to the iPhone: Rhapsody app exclusive screenshots and details  —  Yep, Rhapsody is coming out with an iPhone app.  Or at least they want to.  Real just submitted it to the App Store for approval, so it may be a few weeks before it's actually available (assuming Apple doesn't get all fussy and block it).
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Will Apple Approve Rhapsody's Music Application?
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and TechFlash
George Rush / NY Daily News:
Outed blogger Rosemary Port blames model Liskula Cohen for ‘skank’ stink  —  Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the blogger who anonymously scorned a model as a “ho” and a “skank,” igniting a legal and media maelstrom.  —  Speaking out for the first time since a court order forced Google …
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
‘Skank’ blogger talks, sues Google for $15m  —  Now the world knows: the “skanks of NYC” blogger is one Rosemary Port, a 27-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she is one pissed-off young lady.  She not only has strong words for model Liskula Cohen …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Plans to Increase Staff 50% Amid Engineer Surplus  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. plans to expand its staff by as much as 50 percent this year as it benefits from a surplus of engineers amid the recession, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said.
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Apple to Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28  —  Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X v10.6 Snow Leopard™ will go on sale Friday, August 28 at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, and that Apple's online store is now accepting pre-orders.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to sell 5M copies of Snow Leopard at launch
Discussion: internetnews.com, NEWSFACTOR and eWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
It's Here! Pre-order Mac OS X Snow Leopard Right Now
Discussion: Softpedia News and CrunchGear
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How I Got the Google Voice/App Store Story Wrong  —  As I mentioned in my piece Friday on Apple's response to the FCC's Google Voice App Store inquiry, I got an important aspect of the story wrong in my initial coverage.  On 28 July, in a piece in which I initially speculated that Apple's decision might …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Barnes & Noble Lands Irex, Another Would-Be Kindle Killer  —  Here's another company choosing a side in the coming e-book war: Irex Technologies, a Dutch company that plans on selling a Kindle-like reader in the U.S. this fall, has allied itself with Barnes & Noble's online bookstore.
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Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
How Sony E-Reader Lost to Kindle and How It's Battling Its Way Back
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities  —  Today, Stockholm's district court took action to completely remove The Pirate Bay from the Internet.  —  The court ordered the site's major bandwidth supplier, Black Internet, to disconnect TPB from the Internet or face penalties of 500,000 kroner ($70,600).
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD's “Apps” menu item spotted in the Marketplace, still short on details  —  At Best Buy's Zune HD preview today a certain Matthew Arkin on Qik was able to shoot footage of the “Apps” item that resides within the “Marketplace” section on the device.  It's still incredibly unclear …
Discussion: Digits, I4U News, 901am, Neowin.net and TechVi
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts  —  Computers may be good at crunching numbers, but can they crunch feelings?  —  The rise of blogs and social networks has fueled a bull market in personal opinion: reviews, ratings, recommendations and other forms of online expression.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Inc.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
NYT Starts Serving Up Intrusive Ads in Its iPhone App  —  The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to ads on mobile apps, specifically its iPhone app.  Over the weekend, it has started running roadblock interactive ads on its iPhone app, possibly the first such by a big publisher.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Apple blogger legally unlocks iPhone  —  Thanks be to ‘benevolent carrier’  —  An iPhone blogger has revealed a way of legally unlocking the device after paying off his mobile contract.  —  TheAppleBlog.com's Olly Farshi claimed he legitimately unlocked his two-year-old iPhone 3G …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Can AT&T Meet iPhone Network Demands?  —  As AT&T struggles to keep up with iPhone-delivered videos and apps, its leadership in the market for smartphone Web access is at stake  —  When AT&T (T) cut the deal that made it the exclusive U.S. distributor of Apple's iPhone …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 in Europe  —  I want to provide a couple of updates for my friends in Europe today in regards to Windows 7.  —  I want to start off with an update to our plans for the Windows 7 Family Pack.  As I mentioned last month, starting with the launch of Windows 7 on October 22nd …
 
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James Ashton / Times of London:
Spinvox widens losses by 30%
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetPhoto iPhone App Rejected Because Logo Resembles Polaroid Shot
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