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12:10 PM ET, August 28, 2009


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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal  —  Apple Device Set to Enter World's Largest Mobile Market  —  China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. announced a deal with Apple Inc. to sell iPhones in China starting later this year, bringing the popular device to the world's largest mobile market for the first time.
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.”
Intel Raises Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations  —  As a result of stronger than expected demand for microprocessors and chipsets, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be $9.0 billion, plus or minus $200 million, as compared to the previous range of $8.5 billion, plus or minus $400 million.
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: BBC, Switched, SlashGear and Gearlog
Heather Smith / Bloomberg:   IPhone Cracks, Explosions in France Caused By External Force, Apple Says
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 …
Apple can't stop reviewing iPhone apps  —  The iPhone is on top of the market with a lot of popular support, so journalists and bloggers know that any negative press will generate a lot of attention.  Any anti-iPhone headline incites fans to defend it and validates envious people who take pleasure in the misfortune of the popular.
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.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Snow Leopard's malware protection only scans for two Trojans  —  The much hyped built-in malware protection into Apple's Snow Leopard upgrade appears to be nothing more than a XProtect.plist file containing five signatures for two of the most popular Mac OS X trojans - OSX.RSPlug and OSX.Iservice.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Inside Snow Leopard's hidden malware protection
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
25 Years Later, First Registered Domain Name Changes Hands  —  Did you know the first .com domain name that was ever registered was, on the 15th of March 1985 by the now defunct Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer Symbolics?  —  While the first that was created in January …
Discussion: open and Domain Name News
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing  —  Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered.  Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.  —  A lawsuit filed in Ohio on Wednesday on behalf of plaintiff Deborah Carr charges Apple …
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept  —  Obama Officials Say Oversight Will Grow  —  The Obama administration will largely preserve Bush-era procedures allowing the government to search — without suspicion of wrongdoing — the contents of a traveler's laptop computer …
Discussion: CloudAve and GMSV
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
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.
Food Gal:
Inside the Cafe at Facebook Headquarters  —  Black mission figs with Serrano ham.  Tiny beef meatballs with pine nuts and sweet yellow peaches.  Tender braised rabbit with moscatel, cinnamon, and fresh cherries.  And rich chocolate roulade cake shot through with rum.
Melissa Reeder / Creative Commons:
Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin Support CC with $500,000 Gift  —  Creative Commons is honored to have received an incredibly generous gift of $500,000 from 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.  We are delighted that the couple recognizes the importance …
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John Ozimek / The Register:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Raises Another $5 Million As Traffic Nearly Doubles Since January
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
Nokia Takes Aim at Apple
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Dell's numbers show PC industry staggering back
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Fast Company
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
FBI investigating mystery laptops sent to governors