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9:40 AM ET, August 27, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Snow Leopard: The reviews are in  —  Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the sixth major upgrade of Apple's (AAPL) flagship operating system, is scheduled for release Friday, and the reviews hit the stands — and the blogs — overnight.  —  How many ways can you say “the important changes are under the hood”?
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers who hack the Mac OS
Discussion: The Mac Security Blog
Steven Leckart / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Snow Leopard Review Round-Up
Discussion: Boing Boing
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Gauging Snow Leopard's speed boosts
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Prep Your Mac for Snow Leopard
Discussion: Gadget Lab, MacFixIt and digg.com
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google Book Search? Try Google Library
Discussion: Between the Lines and Digits
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Books embraces EPUB standard
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: biskero
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 $2.5 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?
Discussion: InformationWeek, Thanks:sampad
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
AdMob finds Android app users more scarce, but just as obsessed as iPhone app users
Discussion: Mashable!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Stern Fans Rejoice: Sirius XM SkyDock for iPhone
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
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 …
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 …
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Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
OmniVision becomes sole CIS supplier of new Apple iPod
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Microsoft:
Cash In on the Best Value in Games and Entertainment; Xbox 360 …
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and China Web 2 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Ivor Tossell / Globe and Mail:
Progressive signals?  From the Tories?  On copyright?  —  Access Copyright, a group that collects copyright fees for things like textbooks, put out a curious statement earlier this month in the midst of the latest debate over copyright reform.  —  “It's a simple fact that users outnumber us …
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog and p2pnet
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 …
Discussion: threatpost
 
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PC World:
Stock Exchange Considers Delisting Pirate Bay Buyer
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Zoho Blogs and TechCrunch, Thanks:rajuv
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Downplays Yahoo Upgrades to E-Mail, Search, Messenger Apps
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Own Idea Of Crowdsourced Translations
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 Earlier Items: 
Kristina Grifantini / Technology Review:
Formalizing the retweet may change people's behavior.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google To Open The AdSense Gates To Other Ad Networks — That They Approve Of
Discussion: paidContent, silicontap.com and Inside AdSense, Thanks:atul
Gary Wolf / Epicenter:
The Craigslist Credo: Craigslist vs. eBay
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Palm Wants To Embrace Google Voice, But It's Not Clear Google Wants To Embrace Palm