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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Snow Leopard review  —  Snow Leopard.  Even the name seems to underpromise — it's the first “big cat” OS X codename to reference the previous version of the OS, and the list of big-ticket new features is seemingly pretty short for a version-number jump.  Maybe that's why Apple's priced …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and broadstuff
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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Big Is the Apple iPhone App Economy?  The Answer Might Surprise You  —  If I were to tell you that Apple's app economy was worth more than $2.4 billion a year, you would laugh hysterically, shake your head and walk out of the room, yes?  Surf on over to some other web site?
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
AdMob finds Android app users more scarce, but just as obsessed as iPhone app users
Nokia:
Maemo 5 injects speed and power into mobile computing  —  The new Nokia N900: Computer-grade performance in a handset  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today marked the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software with the new Nokia N900.  Taking its cues from the world of desktop computing …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 get official [Video]
Discussion: PC World and Fast Company
Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Attack Cracks Common Wi-Fi Encryption in a Minute  —  Computer scientists in Japan say they've developed a way to break the WPA encryption system used in wireless routers in about one minute.  —  The attack gives hackers a way to read encrypted traffic sent between computers and certain types …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch e-book reader under Eee family  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch an e-book reader under its Eee brand by the end of 2009 at the earliest, according to company president Jerry Shen.  —  Meanwhile, Micro-Star International (MSI) is also evaluating the e-book reader market, according to industry sources.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pictures: Fire On Google's Roof, UK HQ Evacuated, Barbecue Blamed  —  Google's a hot company to work for - literally.  A fire atop its UK HQ on Victoria's Buckingham Palace Road in London forced its evacuation shortly after Thursday lunchtime.  “Yes, there has been a fire at Google (NSDQ …
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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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Unchain the Office Computers!  —  Why corporate IT should let us browse any way we want.  —  During a town hall meeting for State Department workers last month, an employee named Jim Finkle asked Hillary Clinton a very important question: “Can you please let the staff use an alternative Web browser called Firefox?”
Discussion: Techdirt
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Apple finally enters the world's biggest mobile market: China to get the iPhone in October  —  Major Chinese news portal 163.com is reporting [Google machine translation] that Apple has finally signed a deal with China Unicom to bring the iPhone 3G to mainland China in October.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar 2.0 Is A Must-Have For the iPhone.  It's The Best Push Notification App Yet.  —  A few days ago, I wrote about the frustration over the delay in approving the new Facebook app for the iPhone.  That should launch any day now, and it's a good thing because as soon as it does …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Console Price Wars: Microsoft Drops Xbox Elite Down To $299  —  Hoping to boost console sales this holiday season, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has dropped the price of its Elite Xbox 360 to $299.  The $100 price cut comes just about a week after Sony (finally) slashed the price of the PS3, also to $299.
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 …
Simon St. Laurent / O'Reilly Radar:
Why is HTML Suddenly Interesting?  —  Web developers couldn't stop talking about HTML and its evolution during the 1990s.  New features were usually tempting, though not always workable, and the Browser Wars meant that vendors competed by providing and copying features.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Globe and Mail:
Facebook agrees to privacy changes  —  Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says Facebook has agreed to changes that will bring the social networking site into compliance with Canadian law.  —  In a press conference, Ms. Stoddart said Facebook, among other pledges, has agreed to new features …
Discussion: TechCrunch and p2pnet
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Canada Privacy Commissioner on Facebook's ‘Retrofit’
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Own Idea Of Crowdsourced Translations  —  Facebook is the biggest social network in the world, so it may come as a surprise to some that up until early 2008, it didn't offer any localized versions of the site at all.  The company managed to jumpstart its international presence …
Discussion: Techdirt, BaltTech and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Markoff / New York Times:
Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks  —  It is still out there.  —  Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program and trace its origins and purpose …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL, Still Shaking Up Staff, Hires New CFO Artie Minson  —  Newish AOL CEO Tim Armstrong hasn't gone on a massive firing binge.  But he's still shaking up the ranks at the Time Warner (TWX) unit.  Today, for instance, he is installing a new chief financial officer: Artie Minson …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Italian Regulators Investigating Google  —  PARIS — Italian competition authorities said Thursday that they were investigating Google, following complaints from publishers that the company was abusing its dominant position on the Internet to deny them a fair share of online advertising revenue.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T Opted Out of Motorola's Android Plan  —  SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (TheStreet) — Motorola's (MOT Quote) one last chance has one fewer partner to help make it happen.  —  AT&T (T Quote) cancelled plans to carry Google (GOOG Quote) Android-powered phones later this year, says MKM Partners analyst Tero Kuittinen …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Judge orders cybersquatter to pay Verizon $33m  —  Massive default damages ruled acceptable  —  A federal court in California has upheld a massive $33.15m penalty against a cybersquatting domain aggregator that registered hundreds of websites mimicking Verizon's name and trademarks.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers who hack the Mac OS  —  It was summer 2005.  Dino Dai Zovi walked into a Manhattan Starbucks, ordered a coffee, sat down, and opened up his laptop.  —  Before his coffee was cold he had found a local privilege escalation vulnerability in Mac OS X Tiger, which could allow people …
The Official Google Blog:
Translate documents: sharing across languages and generations  —  My cousin is in first grade and sometimes she writes short stories for class.  I try to share the stories with her grandparents, but because Japanese is their first language and they don't speak English very well, it's been tough.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Ex-Forrester Analysts Resurface at Consulting Firm  —  Forrester Research, the big technology research company, has recently lost three of its star analysts.  They have now resurfaced at Altimeter Group, a consulting firm that helps big companies figure out how to use new technologies.
Discussion: Web Strategy and Technobabble 2.0
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yoono Grows Up, Launches A Desktop App  —  Yoono, a nifty IE and Firefox plug-in that serves as both a social network aggregator and media hub, is launching a desktop version of their browser sidebar.  Yoono basically aggregates and centralizes your online profiles, including IM tools …
 
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Tibco snaps up DataSynapse for $28m
Discussion: Mass High Tech
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Don't Have VC Money? There's Contests Galore For Mobile Apps
Bloomberg:
SAP Ordered by Jury in Texas to Pay $139 Million to Versata Over Patents
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and The Register
Nokia:
Nokia fine-tunes its organization: Establishes Solutions unit …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
Ivor Tossell / Globe and Mail:
Progressive signals? From the Tories? On copyright?
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and p2pnet
Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
TomTom, Garmin See Map-Device Rebound in 2010, Defy ‘Terminal Decline’
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Zoho Blogs, Thanks:rajuv
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Downplays Yahoo Upgrades to E-Mail, Search, Messenger Apps
Discussion: GigaOM and LiveSide
Kristina Grifantini / Technology Review:
Formalizing the retweet may change people's behavior.