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1:55 AM ET, August 27, 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 …
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Prep Your Mac for Snow Leopard  —  An operating system update like this Friday's release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a perfect time to clean up your computer and start fresh.  Let's prepare your Mac for this weekend's 10.6 upgrade.  —  Before You Upgrade, Part 1: Clean Up Your Mac
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.
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 …
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?
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
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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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 …
Ellen Messmer / ITworld.com:
Trojan attacks up, phishing attacks down this year, IBM finds  —  I like it!  —  Spam-based phishing attacks declined noticeably during the first half of the year, but cyber-criminals may simply be shifting to other technologies found to be more effective in stealing personal data …
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Niels Provos / Google Online Security Blog:
Malware Statistics Update
Discussion: The Register and Security Watch
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Isohunt judge says MPAA has yet to prove direct infringment  —  File-sharing sites haven't had a great year, especially in court, but on Thursday they received a smidgen of good news.  —  The Motion Picture Association of America asked a federal court to rule that Isohunt was liable …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Michael Robertson: Digital music's bad boy was right
Discussion: Scott Rafer's Blog
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 and Slashdot
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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
ACLU chapter flags Facebook app privacy  —  The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put out a campaign designed to raise awareness of the privacy implications of Facebook's developer platform.  It's focusing specifically on the popular “quiz” applications …
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LuAnn LaSalle / Globe and Mail:
Progress seen on Facebook privacy fixes
Discussion: Reuters, GigaOM and Mashable!
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
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Time Warner Cable Online Video Test En Route  —  Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) Cable is on the verge of expanding its online video efforts from a small-scale HBO trial to a small-scale national test of its version of TV Everywhere with some of the same networks involved in Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) On Demand.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
ACLU:
ACLU Seeks Records About Laptop Searches At The Border  —  Customs And Border Protection Policy Allows Searches Of Laptops Without Suspicion of Wrongdoing  —  CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org  —  NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today demanding records …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
ACLU files lawsuit on border laptop searches
Discussion: PC Magazine
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
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.
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:
Discussion: Marco.org
 
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