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10:00 PM ET, August 26, 2009

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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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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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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia just became PayPal with the launch of Nokia Money; built on top of Obopay  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) just announced “Nokia Money” which will be shown off next week at Nokia World.  We told you about the Nokia Money trademark a little over a month ago, and it looks like the service is going to launch some time early next year.
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?
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and New York Times
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple Changes Leopard's Spots
Discussion: Macworld and AppScout
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 …
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
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: The Register and Download Squad
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 …
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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: silicontap.com, Thanks:atul
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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 …
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.
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.
TiVo Inc. Investor Relations:
TiVo Files Complaints for Patent Infringement Against AT&T and Verizon Communications in United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas; Seeking Damages and Injunction  —  TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) today filed complaints in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas …
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
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) …
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)  —  Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you create your own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances and connect it to your existing network using an IPsec VPN connection.  This new offering lets you take advantage of the low cost …
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:
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 …
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
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
FBHive:
Facebook Screenshots Reveal Upcoming Features?  —  Screenshots posted in a note on the Facebook Design Page today may have revealed a little more than just the differences between rounded and square corners.  —  FBHive have noticed two mysterious new features on Facebook Product Designer Alexandre Roche's profile.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and TechCrunch
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Intel Next-Gen Mobile Platforms Make Windows 7 Launch an Awesome Time to Buy a Laptop  —  Windows 7's launch is going to be a hell of a busy time for laptops.  Expect a slew of higher-end Intel Core i7 mobile rigs and thin notebooks powered by new dual-core ULV processors when the OS ships.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia bets on Linux in iPhone battle: sources  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj will try again to tackle Apple Inc's iPhone in the top-end of the handset market with a bet on Linux software, several industry sources told Reuters.  —  Top handset maker Nokia will show its first high-end phone running …
 
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Kristina Grifantini / Technology Review:
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Feike Hacquebord / TrendLabs:
Investigations on a Cybercrime Hub in Estonia
Discussion: InformationWeek
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Confused About Wikipedia's Flagged Revisions? What's Really Happening
Discussion: Nothing three, CNN and Wikimedia blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Motorola Confirms It Will Launch Android Devices at Mobilize 09
Agence France Presse:
Apple in hot water in France over ‘exploding iPhones’
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Michael Robertson: Digital music's bad boy was right
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing Continues With Fake Referrers: What Part Of Stop Don't They Understand?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
‘Arrandale’ chip will be an Intel laptop first
Discussion: eWeek, TheStreet.com and Digits
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Golden Ratio (That No One Likes To Talk About)
Discussion: @vanelsas and IntoMobile
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Who's Driving Twitter's Popularity? Not Teenagers