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1:25 AM ET, July 17, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
Updates to Gmail contact manager  —  Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager Engineer, Google Contacts Team  —  We've heard from some of you that Gmail's auto-added contacts can lead to too much address book clutter.  One of the advantages of automatically creating contacts …
Discussion: CyberNet and CNET News.com
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Tries to Be Less Creepy, Fails  —  Gmail, Google's powerful web based email service, announced some changes to its contact management features today.  Contact management has for some time been a contentious matter among Google Account holders - the company does strange and mysterious things …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Is Facebook Ready To Face The Music?  —  On today's Gillmor Gang recording, Marc Canter frequently alluded to a Facebook announcement next Wednesday, July 23rd at its F8 platform conference in San Francisco, about their new thinking on the privacy of user-contributed data.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches instant message platform so other web sites can build branded chat services  —  Meebo is turning its instant message aggregator service into a “platform” that other web companies can use to build instant message features into their own sites.  The new platform …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Meebo wants to get the Web chatting
Discussion: The Social Times
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is This The Future Of Search?  —  The video above shows a user interface being bucket tested by Google to select (probably randomly determined) users.  Earlier today we showed a screen shot of the interface and a video of the search history, recorded by Adrian Pike, the CTO of startup Tatango.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and metarand
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Continues To Test A Search Interface That Looks More Like Digg Every Day
Sophos:
Video: Change your date of birth on Facebook - right now  —  If you're on Facebook and acting sensibly you'll already have told the social networking site to hide your date of birth, so other Facebook users cannot view it.  It's a sensible thing to do, because your date of birth …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Facebook fixes hole that exposed birth dates
Discussion: TechSpot
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
YouTube Scores Revenue-Share Agreement With Lionsgate  —  YouTube nabbed a revenue-share agreement with Lionsgate, under which the independent film studio will get a branded video channel to broadcast movie clips — from pictures such as “Dirty Dancing” — and TV clips, including “Weeds” (right).
Discussion: NewTeeVee and HipMojo.com
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Hum, YouTube, Get a Clue; Take Cue from Yahoo!
Discussion: VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Parent Company Raises Pots Of Money At Mind-Boggling Valuation  —  Silicon Alley Media, the parent company of this web site, is pleased to announce that a consortium of media moguls has been kind enough to infuse it with cash.  The money will allow it to pay rent, buy more chairs, and pay more people to sit in them.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Media Site AlleyInsider Gets Funding From Allen Morgan And Others …
Discussion: BoomTown and mathewingram.com/work
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Technologies behind Google ranking  —  In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking.  As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking.  The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR).
AppleInsider:
Apple passes Acer to become third largest U.S. PC vendor  —  Macs garnered an 8.5 percent share of the U.S. PC market during the second quarter of the year, pushing Apple past Acer in the national rankings and into third place overall, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by market research firm Gartner.
Discussion: MacUser and Silicon Alley Insider
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight  —  Microsoft's latest legal headache is a suit from a little-known company called Gotuit Media, which charges elements of Silverlight infringe on the video metadata company's patented technology.  —  In a suit filed July 2 in San Francisco Federal Court …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Plans an Online Store for Movies and TV Shows  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a significant step toward vanquishing the local video store and keeping couch potatoes planted firmly in front of their televisions and computers, Amazon.com will introduce a new online store of TV shows and movies on Thursday, called Amazon Video on Demand.
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
Industry Standard:
Techmeme Leaderboard analysis: Is the old-guard A list fading?  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard is a valuable tool for tracking the influencers of the tech world.  However, over the last few months an interesting trend has emerged: A-list bloggers are dropping off.
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Comes To TiVo  —  We've been hearing about TiVo's (TIVO) plans to put YouTube videos on TV for some time now.  It's a key part of CEO Tom Rogers' rescue plan for the company: make TiVo an all-purpose TV-slash-broadband device that's better than your standard-issue cable DVR.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Electronista
Josh / Redeye VC:
Announcing FundingSleuth.com  —  About 10 years ago, I helped create a web service called Company Sleuth.  The basic premise was that as a company conducted its business activities, it would leave a “paper trail” online.  And Company Sleuth tried to find that trail by automatically searching …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all  —  Google vowed that its Linux-based Android mobile platform would empower enthusiasts and amateur developers, but today we have seen compelling evidence that this is an empty promise.  Third-party Android application developers …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook  —  Even as Yahoo loses execs by the dozens, they continue to hire new blood.  Blaine Cook, the controversial (and some say very talented) former chief architect at Twitter, is now a rails developer at Yahoo.
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
SnagFilms Finds Virtual Theaters For Documentaries
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
iPhone manufacturing costs down from last year
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek Weblog:
Steve Jobs Decision Behind iPhone Apps' Achilles' Heel
Discussion: Profy.Com
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile Sidekick launching July 30th, no, it's called the Sidekick 2008
Official Google Docs Blog:
Templates bring Docs to life
Electronista:
Meizu 's iPhone rival shown, due in August?
Matt Raible / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Tech Talk: Kevin Brown on Shindig
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Nivi / Venture Hacks:
I have a job offer at a startup, am I getting a good deal? Part 1.
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NPR Launches API That Serves Up 13 Years Of Content
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iPhone profits: Apple cleared estimated $330 million in three days
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Profit Climbs for eBay, but Auction Growth Is Slowing
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail iGoogle gadget
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?
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