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5:05 PM 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
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?
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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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
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 …
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.
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.
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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.
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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 …
Verizon:
Verizon Launches Trial of FiOS TV Online, Extending Multi-Screen Leadership  —  New Online Platform Lets FiOS TV Subscribers View Programming From any Broadband Connection  —  Verizon, the leader in delivering high-quality entertainment experiences across TV, broadband and mobile devices …
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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.
Thanks:atul
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple gets higher profile in HTML standardization
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and lists.w3.org
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is Pirate Bay sold?  Don't believe it  —  The caption running over a photo of Global Gaming CEO Hans Pandeya reads: “Pirate Bay Sold”  —  Hans Pandeya, CEO of Global Gaming Factory X, told reporters in Sweden on Thursday that his company's acquisition of The Pirate Bay will go through.
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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod touch, nano and classic will gain 3.2MP cameras - report  — including the iPod touch, nano and classic - will carry 3.2 megapixel cameras supplied by Taiwan's, OmniVision.  —  As 9to5Mac reported last week, the new generation iPods are expected to be introduced at an Apple special event on September 9
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yelp Brings First US Augmented Reality 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.”
Discussion: Mashable!, Obsessable, Gizmodo, O'Reilly Media and GMSV, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and I4U News
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
NTIA:
Strong Demand for First Round of Broadband Grant Funding  —  Nearly 2,200 Diverse Applications Submitted for Share of $4 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband Access and Adoption  —  NTIA Media Contact: Mark Tolbert III 202-482-8176 or press@ntia.doc.gov  —  USDA Media Contact: Bartel Kendrick 202-379-8400
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer and paidContent
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 …
Discussion: Threat Level, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alice Truong / Digits:
A ‘Macroblogging’ Service, Woofer, Launches as Twitter Homage  —  Is 140 characters simply not your style?  —  Woofer  —  Instead of tweeting 140 characters as you would on Twitter, Woofer requires you to macroblog, or woof, at least 1,400 characters before you can publish.
Discussion: Fast Company, Switched and Cool Hunting
 
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Everton / Connected Internet:
Google Search Replaces Yahoo Search Engine On Yahoo Portal
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Are Copyright Holders Seeding Own Files To Find, Sue Downloaders?
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
HP, Dell Join Microsoft's Appeal of Word Patent Case
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Warren Lee / AdAge:
What Happened to the Ad-Network Apocalypse?
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
What's the best phone for Google Voice?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Bernadette Irinco / TrendLabs:
Bogus Snow Leopard Update Sites Lead to DNS Changers
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and Softpedia News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Ex-Forrester Analysts Resurface at Consulting Firm
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxcar 2.0 Is A Must-Have For the iPhone.  It's The Best Push Notification App Yet.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants
Discussion: eWeek, Technologizer and Softpedia News, Thanks:rajuv
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Own Idea Of Crowdsourced Translations