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8:15 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 …
Discussion: broadstuff and digg.com
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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 …
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Gauging Snow Leopard's speed boosts
Steven Leckart / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Snow Leopard Review Round-Up
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and Boing Boing
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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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Books embraces EPUB standard
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Information about Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard  —  I've done some more research into the history of Adobe's work with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).  I can't speak for product teams besides Photoshop, and in the interests of time, I'm sharing what I've found out so far.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google Book Search?  Try Google Library  —  Is Google ready—or willing—to become a library?  —  Librarians, academics, and privacy advocates will gather Friday on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley to discuss the implications of Google's proposed settlement with publishers that …
Discussion: Digits
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 get official [Video]  —  In the face of an early review and leaked press shots, Nokia have decided to officially announce the N900 together with its Maemo 5 OS.  Set to get their official unveil at Nokia World next week, the N900 packs HSPA, WiFi and 32GB of storage …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Says Vonage App Delayed By Technical Issues; Vonage Says Fix Made, App Resubmitted (Updated)  —  Approval of a request by Vonage (VG) to distribute a mobile VOIP application through the Apple (AAPL) App Store has been delayed by technical issues with the Vonage software …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Downplays Yahoo Upgrades to E-Mail, Search, Messenger Apps  —  Microsoft responds to Yahoo's Aug. 24 announcement of upgrades for users by insisting that it had already integrated many of Yahoo's new features, including search results from social networking sites such as Facebook, into its offerings for Windows Live.
Discussion: GigaOM and LiveSide
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Own Idea Of Crowdsourced Translations  —  Facebook is the biggest social network in the world, so it may come as a surprise to some that up until early 2008, it didn't offer any localized versions of the site at all.  The company managed to jumpstart its international presence …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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, silicontap.com and Inside AdSense, Thanks:atul
 
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PC World:
Stock Exchange Considers Delisting Pirate Bay Buyer
Discussion: The Register
Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
Fauxpenness  —  It's the height of summer and a several year …
Thanks:tnlnyc
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Zoho: Thriving Amid the Giants
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Zoho Blogs and TechCrunch, Thanks:rajuv
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Time Warner Cable Online Video Test En Route
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
Mystery: Who Asked Flickr to Delete the Obama Joker?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Isohunt judge says MPAA has yet to prove direct infringment
 Earlier Items: 
Kristina Grifantini / Technology Review:
Formalizing the retweet may change people's behavior.
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Gary Wolf / Epicenter:
The Craigslist Credo: Craigslist vs. eBay
Discussion: Marco.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Palm Wants To Embrace Google Voice, But It's Not Clear Google Wants To Embrace Palm