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11:50 PM ET, August 26, 2009

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple Changes Leopard's Spots  —  For a company known for breakthrough products with cool features, Apple this week is doing something unusual: It is introducing a key product with very few new features that are visible to its users.  This new release, the latest major version …
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James Galbraith / Macworld:
Gauging Snow Leopard's speed boosts  —  Macworld Lab tests Mac OS X 10.6 to see how much faster it truly is  —  Apple describes Snow Leopard as a top-to-bottom refinement of existing features.  One major goal of those refinements: Improved performance.  —  Snow Leopard aims to run leaner …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple to unveil new iPod lineup on September 9  —  Apple currently plans to host a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9 to introduce its 2009 iPod offerings and make a host of other music-related announcements, AppleInsider can independently confirm.  —  People familiar with the matter …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Snow Leopard warning: Your apps may crash  —  Two days before the scheduled launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard — the latest update of Apple's (AAPL) flagship operating system — developers are still scrambling to make sure their applications will work with the new version.
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The Sun:
Nessie on Google Earth  —  THIS amazing image on Google Earth could be the elusive proof that the Loch Ness Monster exists.  Sun reader Jason Cooke spotted “Nessie” while browsing the website's satellite photos.  Security guard Jason, 25, of Nottingham, said: “I couldn't believe it.
Brandon Badger / Google Book Search Blog:
Download Over a Million Public Domain Books from Google Books in the Open EPUB Format  —  Over the years, we've heard a lot from people who've unearthed hidden treasures in Google Books: a crafter who uncovered a forgotten knitting technique, a family historian who discovered her ancestor once traveled …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Sony And Google Try To Take On The Kindle With Open Books
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Augmented Traffic Views for Android could be the coolest AR app we've seen yet  —  Augmented Reality is quickly becoming a hot ticket item in the mobile world and we've seen various nifty applications of the technology previewed recently.  The key of course, is finding useful and valuable ways to apply AR concepts to mobile devices.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Augmented Reality Garbage or Golden?
Nokia:
Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service enables financial management and payments from a mobile phone  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today introduced Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service offering consumers with mobile device access to basic financial services.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Is Google Entering the Mortgage Quote Business?  —  Google plans to begin offering loan quotes online as early as this month, a lawsuit filed in federal court this week claims.  The suit was filed by LendingTree, which offers consumers mortgage quotes and conditional loan offers online …
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Porn collection put people off upgrading to Firefox 3  —  Mozilla's Security team has disclosed a very interesting piece of research which suggests people refused to upgrade to the latest version of Firefox because they were afraid the browser would expose their, ahem, private collection of websites.
Discussion: Download Squad
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Stern Fans Rejoice: Sirius XM SkyDock for iPhone  —  The rumors were true.  At an invitation-only media event in New York City this morning, Sirius XM (SIRI) debuted the first-ever radio dock for the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  Dubbed SkyDock, the $119.99 peripheral uses iPhone OS 3's support …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Says Vonage App Delayed By Technical Issues; Vonage Says Fix Made, App Resubmitted (Updated)  —  Approval of a request by Vonage (VG) to distribute a mobile VOIP application through the Apple (AAPL) App Store has been delayed by technical issues with the Vonage software …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Michael Robertson: Digital music's bad boy was right  —  Michael Robertson on iTunes: “Mark my words they will go down and the rest of the world will catch them and surpass them.  We've seen this before.”  —  Over the years, Michael Robertson, the man who founded pioneering digital music service MP3.com …
Discussion: Scott Rafer's Blog
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Isohunt judge says MPAA has yet to prove direct infringment
LuAnn LaSalle / Globe and Mail:
Progress seen on Facebook privacy fixes  —  Privacy commissioner set to announce how the globally popular site will comply  — The business of back to school - Bernanke's second shot - Garbage in, energy out - All about dividend stocks - All about the Canadian dollar
Discussion: Reuters, GigaOM and Mashable!
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   ACLU chapter flags Facebook app privacy
Kristina Grifantini / Technology Review:
Formalizing the retweet may change people's behavior.  —  The microblogging and social networking site Twitter took off last year and had more than 44.5 million users worldwide as of June.  In the 140-character limited ecosystem of Twitter, users have evolved a language of their own …
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Top 5 Reasons RSS Readers Went Wrong  —  Sam Diaz over at ZDNet wrote the following in a blog entry titled RSS: A good idea at the time but there are better ways now in response to an announcement of a new feature in Google Reader … I take issue with the title of Sam's post since …
Peter / gdgt:
Qualcomm readying handheld FLO TV Personal Television device  —  You know I like to keep my ear close to the ground when it comes to new gadgets, and I just got the scoop via a very reliable source about a new portable digital TV that Qualcomm is going to be introducing soon.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google To Open The AdSense Gates To Other Ad Networks — That They Approve Of  —  In what looks to be an effort to be the one overall ad network that rules them all, Google sent out an email to AdSense publishers today letting them know that they would soon be opening up their accounts …
Discussion: paidContent, Inside AdSense and silicontap.com, Thanks:atul
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
ACLU files lawsuit on border laptop searches  —  The civil liberties group wants to see details about laptop searches at U.S. borders  —  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) release details of its policy …
Discussion: PC Magazine
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ACLU:
ACLU Seeks Records About Laptop Searches At The Border
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Palm Wants To Embrace Google Voice, But It's Not Clear Google Wants To Embrace Palm  —  Suddenly Apple's competitors see a weakness in the iPhone, and it's Google Voice.  We've heard from a source close to Palm that the company plans to roll out deep integration with Google Voice on the Pre phones for users who want it.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:mrinaldesai
GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft “destroyed development culture” at FASA - Weisman  —  FASA Interactive founder Jordan Weisman has spoken out about Microsoft's acquisition of his highly-regarded studio, saying that the corporation “destroyed” its development culture and came close to doing the same with Halo developer Bungie.
MacNN:
Apple nearly ready for Chinese iPhone launch - report  —  Apple is nearly prepared to start selling iPhones in China, the company's largest untapped mobile phone market, says the Wall Street Journal.  A testing center under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirmed an iPhone prototype …
Gary Wolf / Epicenter:
The Craigslist Credo: Craigslist vs. eBay  —  In 2005 Fortune magazine published a piece by Adam Lashinsky called Burning Sensation, which described the threat craigslist posed to newspapers.  But it didn't ignore the threat that other tech companies posed to craigslist:
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft Loses a Zune Exec  —  and Ethan Smith  —  With less than three weeks before Microsoft launches another salvo in digital music players, the marketing executive overseeing the company's Zune device is headed for the exit.  —  Microsoft  —  Chris Stephenson, Zune's general manager of global marketing
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Word patent ruling, injunction ‘miscarriage of justice’  —  Lower court judge let trial ‘run amok,’ company argues in appeal of $290M award  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp.'s lawyers late yesterday said the verdict that awarded a Canadian developer nearly $300 million in damages …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Archos' Android-based A5S and A5H Internet Tablets outed by FCC?  —  You know those confidentiality agreements companies sign with the FCC to keep our prying eyes away?  Well, Archos didn't sign one.  The result is a treasure trove of information about its new A5S (model 7501) …
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
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Feike Hacquebord / TrendLabs:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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FBHive:
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Hyperdistribution  —  The newspaper industry should be sobered …
Discussion: Newspaper Death Watch and MediaPost, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Golden Ratio (That No One Likes To Talk About)
Discussion: @vanelsas and IntoMobile
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)