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1:15 AM ET, August 28, 2009

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yelp Brings First US Augmented Reality App to iPhone Store  —  Social review service Yelp has snuck the first Augmented Reality (AR) iPhone app specifically for the US into the iTunes App Store.  The undisclosed new feature allows iPhone 3Gs owners to shake their phones three times to turn on a view called “the Monocle.”
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Wall Has Fallen: 3 Augmented Reality Apps Now Live in iPhone App Store  —  First Paris Metro, then Yelp, now London Buses.  The newest is even selling database layers through in-app purchases.  —  It has been widely reported that the API required to display Augmented Reality (AR) …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 For iPhone Now Available On The App Store  —  Nearly two weeks after submitting the app to Apple, Facebook's totally revamped 3.0 application is finally live on the App Store, according to the app's developer Joe Hewitt.  You can download it now here.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Inside Snow Leopard's hidden malware protection  —  File Quarantine is Mac users' first line of defense against malicious software  —  While malicious software has long been a near-daily annoyance for Windows PCs, Mac users have become accustomed to not worrying about malware.
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Facebook Press Room:
Facebook Announces Privacy Improvements in Response to Recommendations by Canadian Privacy Commissioner  —  Facebook to provide users with even greater control over information shared with third-party applications, and revisions to privacy policy PALO ALTO, Calif. — August 27, 2009 …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
New Facebook Privacy Policies Will Have A Significant Impact …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
GScreen's Dual-Screen Spacebook Coming Soon(ish)  —  This is one of the first photos of an actual gScreen's dual 15.4-inch screen Spacebook—two full screens (not just an extra 10-inch one like Lenovo's W700.  Really.  There were renders before, but here are the photos.
Google LatLong:
Street View gets down to business  —  Finding a business with Street View just became easier.  For example, if you search for “thai restaurants near mountain view” on Google Maps, and click on a search result, a bubble pops up with various links, including a link to “Street View”.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful  —  Apple strikes again.  Normally, when an iPhone/iPod touch app gets updated it's good news.  Woo hoo — new features, new fun! iStat users who updated their app to the latest version that became available this afternoon however …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Apple Says It Has Approved App From Music Service Spotify  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) says it has approved an iPhone app from Spotify, a music service that some people believe represents a growing threat to iTunes.  —  The decision has been closely watched in part because Apple has previously disallowed apps …
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?
John Poirier / Reuters:
Regulators open inquiry into wireless industry  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry on Thursday to examine the state of competition in the wireless industry, taking a step that could lead to probes of other sectors.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Ends Bing Promotion Early After Hitting Cashback Limit  —  There is no denying that Bing's Double Cashback promotion served up some great deals.  But apparently they were so good that Microsoft had to end the deal a full four days early — and even earlier for some.
Discussion: InternetRetailer.com
Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Napolitano Announces New Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media  —  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced new directives to enhance and clarify oversight for searches of computers and other electronic media at U.S. ports of entry …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the Windows 7 launch at an event in New York City on October 22, according to an invitation Microsoft has sent to various media members and bloggers.  —  To date, Microsoft officials have declined …
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.
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
isocket Raises $2 Million Series A With Some Big Names  —  isocket, an open ad platform, is announcing a Series A round of financing led by Tim Draper at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  Also joining the round was David Blumberg of Blumberg Capital, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, and Dave McClure of Founders Fund Angel.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Delivers Open-Source Bing SDK for iPhone, Mac  —  Microsoft delivers a Bing iPhone and Mac software development kit and makes the SDK available for download on the Microsoft CodePlex community development site.  —  Microsoft has delivered a Bing iPhone and Mac software development kit …
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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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Nokia N900 Maemo Is a Phone, Makes the N97 Look Silly
Discussion: Crave and Softpedia News
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
JWT, WPP Sued Over TV Advertising for Microsoft's Bing  —  Denizen Claims Agency Stole Patented Method of Integrating a Show's Content Into Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A Delaware firm has filed a lawsuit against JWT and parent WPP, claiming the ad agency stole its patented product-placement concept …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple gets higher profile in HTML standardization  —  An Apple manager has become a co-chairman of the group standardizing HTML, giving the company a higher-profile role in a crucial time for development of the language used to build Web pages.  —  The World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes location-based iPhone home screens  —  The iPhone could offer an automated home screen providing local weather, time, maps and contacts based on the device's location, according to a new patent application from Apple.  —  Revealed by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office this week …
Discussion: SlashGear and GPS Obsessed
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Updated: Real Time Search Engine OneRiot Raises $7 Million  —  OneRiot has raised $5.7 million in a round of funding, according to an SEC filing—the latest sign that venture capitalists have high hopes for the hot real time search market.  OneRiot indexes links users share on Twitter, Digg, and other social networking sites.
John Leyden / The Register:
Phishing emails dry up as fraudsters switch tactic  —  Change up  —  Phishing email volumes fell during the first half of 2009, according to a variety of security reports out this week.  —  Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab reports a decline of phishing emails from .78 per cent …
Discussion: SC Magazine US and Softpedia News
Chris Velazco / MobileCrunch:
Palm Pre launches in Canada, celebrates with new apps  —  Attention Canadian Pre aficionados: your time has come.  For 199.95 of your bizarre Canadian dollars, Palm's WebOS-running, full QWERTY-sporting, Synergy-syncing handset is yours for the taking.  Of course, you'd only be able …
Discussion: Obsessable
Bloomberg:
Google News's ‘Dominant Position’ Probed by Italian Antitrust Regulators  —  Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet search engine, is being investigated by Italian antitrust regulators after national newspapers said the company's news service deprives them of advertising revenue.
Warren Lee / AdAge:
What Happened to the Ad-Network Apocalypse?  —  Here's Why Most Are Still Surviving  —  Last September, Henry Blodget asked me and several other VCs on an panel — titled “Dot Bomb 2.0” — how many of the estimated 300 to 400 ad networks were “toast.”  (My personal view is that only 15 to 20 really matter.)
Discussion: internetnews.com
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
AT&T Opted Out of Motorola's Android Plan
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