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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?
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 purchase.  —  It's been widely reported that the API required to display Augmented Reality (AR) …
Discussion: Games Alfresco and GMSV
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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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Inside Snow Leopard's hidden malware protection
Discussion: PC World
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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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 …
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
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Techgeist
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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 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 …
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 …
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Simon St. Laurent / O'Reilly Radar:
Why is HTML Suddenly Interesting?
Thanks:atul
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 …
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: paidContent and Technologizer
Everton / Connected Internet:
Google Search Replaces Yahoo Search Engine On Yahoo Portal  —  In an amazing development in the UK, Google search has just replaced Yahoo's web search engine for natural and sponsored results on BT Yahoo, the online portal for BT Broadband users that is run by Yahoo.
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.
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: I4U News
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.
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Admob buys mobile ad aggregrator AdWhirl — takes out major threat  —  Admob, a leading mobile advertising service, is acquiring AdWhirl, a service that aggregates ads from mobile ad networks.  —  In an interview confirming the deal, Admob chief executive Omar Hamoui told VentureBeat …
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
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.)
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 …
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 …
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes location-based iPhone home screens
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Peter Sayer / PC World:
Versata Wins $139M Damages in SAP Patent Lawsuit
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Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Napolitano Announces New Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media
Discussion: PC World
Chris Velazco / MobileCrunch:
Palm Pre launches in Canada, celebrates with new apps
Discussion: Obsessable
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Are Copyright Holders Seeding Own Files To Find, Sue Downloaders?
Discussion: p2pnet
Alice Truong / Digits:
A ‘Macroblogging’ Service, Woofer, Launches as Twitter Homage
Discussion: Fast Company, Switched and Cool Hunting
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
HP, Dell Join Microsoft's Appeal of Word Patent Case
 Earlier Items: 
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
What's the best phone for Google Voice?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Pictures: Fire On Google's Roof, UK HQ Evacuated, Barbecue Blamed
John Markoff / New York Times:
Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks
Discussion: Threat Level, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Unchain the Office Computers!
Discussion: Techdirt