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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) …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Application Incompatibilities Compiled  —  Many users have been wondering whether their current applications will be compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and both Apple and users with access to the final version of Snow Leopard have been working to compile this information for reference purposes.
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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.
Jamie Lendino / AppScout:
Snow Leopard Drops Palm OS Sync
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.
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 …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:   Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept
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”.
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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Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Quantum Cryptography for the Masses  —  A new partnership will make quantum cryptography more widely available.  —  Quantum cryptography could finally hit the mainstream thanks to a deal that will allow customers to adopt the technology without having to install dedicated optical fibers.
Discussion: 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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Investor Group Makes Play For Skype  —  A group of well known venture capital and large private equity firms are pooling resources to make a bid to acquire eBay-owned Skype, according to a source close to the deal.  —  Investors in the proposed purchase may include newly-formed Andreesen Horowitz …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Iomega's NAS: Is the mainstream ready for network storage?  —  Is the average household ready for a network-attached storage device?  —  Iomega, an EMC company, sees a there there when it comes to mainstream consumers and a storage device that allows all of the PCs in a home to connect to the same storage drive.
Discussion: eWeek, Engadget and Iomega
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Storm 2, Touch Pro2, Omnia II and possibly the Pre - all in Verizon's inventory database  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  One of our most loyal tipsters has just shared some quite spicy info with us.  Hi-end handset lovers will be delighted to know that the RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Engadget Mobile
Business Week:
Nokia Takes Aim at Apple  —  Its product-launch offensive includes a new Nokia netbook, handset, and tablet PC that seem squarely aimed at Nokia's top rival  —  Nokia (NOK) has seemed determined recently to remind the world that it, not a certain Cupertino (Calif.) rival, is the world's dominant handset maker.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
FBI investigating mystery laptops sent to governors  —  There may be a new type of Trojan Horse attack to worry about  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to figure out who sent five Hewlett-Packard laptop computers to West Virginia Governor Joe Mahchin a few weeks ago …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Sprint Should Be Giving Away The Palm Pre For Free  —  There was plenty of hype around the launch of the Palm Pre, which by all accounts is a pretty damn good phone (I've played around with it, and like it).  However, Palm and Sprint made two huge mistakes in marketing it.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Belgian teenager latest victim of exploding iPhone phenomenon  —  A 15-year old Belgian by the name of Salvatore is the latest victim in a series of mysterious iPhone explosions that have captured the attention of France's and the European Commissions' consumer affair watchdogs.
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone to Be in China in Fourth Quarter, Unicom Says  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s iPhone will go on sale in China from the fourth quarter, entering a market that has more subscribers than the combined populations of the U.S. and the 16 nations that share the euro.
Daily Mail:
Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters  —  The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.
Discussion: CNET News
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Readers as patrons in the digital age  —  A few months ago someone sent me a link to a short story a friend of his had written and posted online.  I made the mistake of glancing at it while at work and then got so absorbed I couldn't stop reading until I was done.
Discussion: robinsloan.com
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 …
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Dell's numbers show PC industry staggering back  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Dell Inc.'s second-quarter results reinforce what other tech heavyweights have shown recently about the health of the personal-computer industry: it's still wounded by the recession, but is staggering back to its feet …
DigiTimes:
Digitimes Insight: Ultra-thin models to account for only 4% of global notebook shipments in 2009  —  Global ultra-thin notebook shipments in 2009 are estimated to reach only six million units, accounting for only 4% of total notebook shipments worldwide, according to Digitimes Research.
Discussion: SlashGear
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.
 
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Raises Another $5 Million As Traffic Nearly Doubles Since January
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
WiFi on steroids? First “WhiteFi” prototypes hit testing stage
Discussion: Fast Company
John Leyden / The Register:
Phishing emails dry up as fraudsters switch tactic
Discussion: Softpedia News
James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Seeks to Ease Rules for Putting Books Online
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