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The big news this week is that Apple will ship Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard this coming Friday, August 28th – before the promised September release. Apple also made news by responding to the FCC’s request for information regarding the Google Voice iPhone app – we have thoughts about that situation. Also this week, Glenn Fleishman covers the transition of independent mail client Mailsmith to becoming freeware at a new company; and Adam muses at length about technological literacy, if it’s important, and what the lack of it might mean for the future. Notable software releases this week include Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2.0.1, BusySync 2.2.1, TextExpander 2.7, Hazel 2.3.2, Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.3, Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.3.1, OmniOutliner 3.9, Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1, and iPhoto 8.1.