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7:20 AM ET, September 2, 2009

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Gmail Blog:
More on today's Gmail issue  —  Posted by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering and Site Reliability Czar  —  Gmail's web interface had a widespread outage earlier today, lasting about 100 minutes.  We know how many people rely on Gmail for personal and professional communications …
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia Booklet 3G Hands-On and First Impressions  —  Nokia completed its announcement of the Booklet 3G today at Nokia World and I've got to play with it briefly.  Take a look at some of the hands-on photos and my first impressions.  I'll have access to a Nokia Booklet 3G spokesperson later this afternoon …
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Mike / Nokia Conversations:
More Nokia Booklet 3G specs emerge at Nokia World 09  —  STUTTGART, Germany - Since news of the new Nokia Booklet 3G first emerged early last week, the mini laptop PC has become the most keenly discussed Nokia product we've ever written about here on Conversations, with a continuous stream …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
More pressure to limit behavioral targeting threatens startup media companies  —  Last month I raised some concerns that the government could make monetization even harder for online ad networks and publishers through limiting their ability to do behavioral targeting.  The pressure to do so is rising as the NY Times reports:
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Google Enterprise Blog:
Waving hello to Google Apps  —  Google Wave has been generating lots of interest among Google Apps users since we unveiled it in May at Google I/O, our annual developer conference.  Today we're pleased to announce that we'll be opening up access to Google Wave for some schools and businesses as part of the preview this fall.
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Tim Nufire / Backblaze Blog:
Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage  —  At Backblaze, we provide unlimited storage to our customers for only $5 per month, so we had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and keep our costs low.
Discussion: Mashable!, OhGizmo!, PSFK, TUAW and GigaOM
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Backblaze sets its cheap storage designs free
Babak A. Parviz / IEEE Spectrum Online:
Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens  —  A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight  —  The human eye is a perceptual powerhouse.  It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileContentToday
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Intel start acting like Wintel on Windows 7 launch  —  Microsoft and Intel have been collaborating for decades, but for the launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, they say that they have collaborated more closely than ever before.  The result is improvements …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
More Evidence That Snow Leopard Is a Touchscreen Operating System  —  The more I play with Snow Leopard, the more it looks like it's designed to run Apple's upcoming tablet.  —  Look at Expose in the Dock — the new feature that reveals all an application's open windows when you click and hold the application's icon.
Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Current Zunes are discontinued; Zune HD is it going forward  —  I met with the Zune folks today and one bit of information than I can discuss immediately is that the Zune HD will be the only device type going forward: The current Zune models, the Zune 8, 16 80, and 120, have all been discontinued.
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Launches Lightweight Contact Manager For Small Businesses  —  One of the advantages of using a CRM is the ability to easily manage and organize contacts to maximize leads.  Salesforce.com and the many other companies that offer CRMs have well-established contact management systems within …
Discussion: Computerworld, CRM FYI and VentureBeat
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia finally comes clean with N97 mini: €450, ships in October  —  Nokia World 2009 just kicked off over in Stuttgart, and while the outfit's CEO didn't have much to say outside of a few nice teases, Mr. Anssi Vanjok did the honors of officially unveiling the N97 mini.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
EBay's Skype Sale Looks Like a Win-Win  —  Selling 65% of the Internet calling company to a team of savvy tech investors leaves eBay poised for healthy gains on a reinvigorated Skype  —  EBay Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe says there's no downside to his company's plan to sell most of its Skype division.
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Skype in Deal Valuing …
INTEREAD:
COOLERBOOKS.com announces Google partnership  —  ...More than a million titles now available from COOLERBOOKS.com, the first ebookstore outside the US to partner with Google Books... Reading, England, ISSUE DATE: GMT 10:00am, 2 September 2009: British company Interead announces that COOLERBOOKS.com …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
UK Parliament website hack exposes shoddy passwords  —  Lights on, no one home  —  A vulnerability in the website of the UK Parliament appears to be exposing confidential information, including unencrypted login credentials, a Romanian hacker wrote on his blog.
Nokia Beta Labs:
Lifecast with Ovi to share memorable moments with your friends on Facebook.  —  With Ovi, you can now keep your Facebook friends up to date where you are and what you are doing in a new way.  —  Right from the home screen of your Nokia N97, you can lifecast the street address you are at …
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Nokia Announces New XSeries Music Phones with X6 and X3  —  At the Nokia World 2009, Nokia has introduced its new XSeries music phone.  It will release the Nokia X6 and the Nokia X3 in Q4 this year, the Nokia X6 should be also the device approved in the FCC this week.
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Sony to throw its weight behind 3D TV  —  3D technology looks set to hit the home consumer market next year, with Sony on Wednesday announcing plans to sell 3D televisions globally by the end of 2010.  —  Sony's decision to throw its weight behind the technology will be an important boost …
Discussion: Engadget, Sony Insider and TG Daily
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Developers, Be Warned: Apple Has Apparently Trademarked Those Glossy Chat Bubbles  —  Last night, we wrote about another developer thoroughly bashing the app store for its inane approval policies.  This time it was well known developer Joe Stump, who had an important bug-fix …
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple's Event Next Week: Maybe An AppleTV Update Too?  —  PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster in research note issued about an hour ago, raises what he describes as a wildcard possibility around Apple's Sept. 9 event: That it may include an update or refresh to AppleTV.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Microblogging Platform Yahoo Meme In English  —  A few weeks ago , we reported that Yahoo quietly launched its microblogging product Yahoo Meme, in Spanish.  Yahoo had previously launched a Portuguese language micro-blogging product, Yahoo Meme, that drew similarities to Twitter and Tumblr.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
NFL bans tweeting before, during, after games  —  The National Football League has had a love-hate relationship with social media.  —  Some teams tweeted to fans while choosing players at the NFL draft back in April.  But then last month, a few NFL teams told players they couldn't tweet or text-message during a team function.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HTC Touch2 launching October 6th with Windows Mobile 6.5  —  Hey, HTC — pull up a chair.  Listen, we admire your tenacity and all, but did you realize that both Nokia World and IFA kicked off today?  Cool, just making sure.  Now that we're past that, we'd like to introduce you (as in …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brilliant: Advertisers Pay To Drive Traffic From One Place On Facebook To Another Place On Facebook  —  So I was reading this Comscore report about the massive number of ads that are being served on social networks.  8.2% of all display ads on the Internet today in the U.S. are being served on Facebook.
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Introduces CLEAR(TM) 4G WiMAX Internet Service in 10 New Markets  —  Super Fast Mobile Internet Service is Available Today in Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and Eight Texas Markets, Including Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls
 
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Yet Another Upcoming BlackBerry Smartphone: Codename Essex …
Discussion: Phone Arena, Engadget and Gizmodo
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Voddler Riding Hype as Spotify for Video
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The Internet and Civic Engagement
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Firefox add-on spies on Google usage, search results
Discussion: The Register and threatpost
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome OS to Feature Single Sign-On for Chrome Browser