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2:20 PM ET, August 6, 2008


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Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing Google Insights for Search  —  In June, we updated Google Trends with numbers and the ability to download results to a spreadsheet.  We received a lot of great feedback from agencies and advertisers on how they're using the new version; from identifying new growth markets to optimizing their Google AdWords campaigns.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Insights For Search Launches
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Expands Trend Tracking With “Insights For Search”
Discussion: LEWIS 360°
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's New Tool Is Meant for Marketers
Discussion: MarketingShift
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Should You Pay Twice as Much for a Mac?  —  [Editor's Note: This is companion to another post at Microsoft Watch telling a different story from the same NPD data.]  —  On Saturday, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing two HP notebooks on sale at the local Target.
Dwight / TechBlog:   The price difference between Macs and PCs widens
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista PCs: These Prices Are Insane!
Discussion: DailyTech
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Bewkes confirms AOL split  —  Time Warner will indeed split its AOL access and media units starting next year, CEO Jeff Bewkes confirmed in a release announcing the company's second-quarter earnings.  —  It's the first time the executive has confirmed the split, though it's been widely talked about for months.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The $125 Million-Sweet DailyCandy Revenge of Bob “Pitchman”  —  Oh, there had to be much, much gnashing of teeth in the corporate offices of the Time Warner Center in New York yesterday with news of the sale of DailyCandy to Comcast for $125 million.  —  Why?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Time Warner: Hiding AOL woes under Joker makeup
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL officially split, but revenue tumbles and ad sales anemic
Discussion: Mashable!
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All  —  Yahoo has confirmed that a ‘tabulation error’ occurred in the shareholder vote count conducted by Broadridge Financial Solutions, the independent firm hired to do the job.  Turns out, just over half of the shareholders felt …
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Perhaps Paris Hilton Should Run Yahoo
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mozilla mocks up possible Firefox successors in idea factory  —  Mozilla Labs this week took steps to open up its idea factory to wider outside input, asking for community help to develop the next big ideas that might power future browsers.  Like any good research lab, the goal …
Jibi /
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry 8220 - Pictures of Red Kickstart  —  While these are images from the upcoming BlackBerry 8220 device simulator, these images show what the red-colored BlackBerry flip-phone will look like.  This device is starting to look better and better since the first leaked pictures surfaced …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Which Facebook Applications Really Are the Most Engaging?  A Look at MAU & MAU%.  —  Facebook updated application engagement stats published in the directory yesterday, changing the published engagement metric for applications from daily active users to monthly active users, and removing the active % altogether.
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon?  Gaining Some Ground  —  The latest NPD figures on music sales are out for the first half of 2008, and as you might expect, Apple's iTunes is still in the top spot, but what's interesting is who's in fourth place: Amazon.  Here's the top five:  —  1) iTunes
Maths / Music 2.0:
Google Finally Launches MP3 Search in China  —  So finally, the much talked about Google MP3 Search service is here at  —  And it's certainly game on as they take on Baidu's very illegal mp3 search with legal links from its search results provided by local music service Top …
When Google Owns You  —  Nick Saber isn't happy now.  Monday afternoon, after lunch, Nick came back from lunch to find out that he couldn't get into his Gmail account.  Further, he couldn't get into anything that Google made (beside search) where his account credentials once worked.
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple Cinema Displays Finally at MWSF 2009?  —  Readers interested in new Apple Cinema Displays may have to wait just a bit longer.  —  Apple has not significantly updated their Cinema Displays in years.  Apple currently offers 20", 23" and 30" monitors at $599, $899, and $1799, respectively.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and Electronista
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Sells DoubleClick's SEM Business To Ad Conglom Publicis (GOOG)  —  Google has sold the search engine marketing arm of DoubleClick's old Performics business to French advertising conglomerate Publicis for an undisclosed amount.  —  Publicis has been ‘cooperating’ with Google for more than a year …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The Beijing Olympics LIVE On The Web — Even If NBC Doesn't Want You To  —  NBC will bring 2200 hours of Beijing Olympics streaming video to the web, starting today.  But Americans will miss some of the best parts.  Why?  Because NBC, which has exclusive rights to the games …
Discussion: Little Red Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Travel Site TripSay Opens Up To The Public  —  After about four months in private beta, social travel site TripSay is now open to all travelers.  TripSay combines travel search with user-generated travel guides and ratings.  When you enter a city or place, it comes up on a map …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Exclusive Hands-On With OLPC's XO Running Windows XP
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Engadget and Gizmodo
PR Newswire:
The Missing Link: Iomega Debuts New Screenplay TV Link
Discussion: Engadget HD and Ubergizmo
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
mloovi - Feedburner for the rest of the planet?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Black Hat says ‘canceled’ Apple talk never existed
Discussion: Threat Level and MacUser
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale
Robots learn to move themselves
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and iLounge
 Earlier Items: 
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
USB bracelet makes it hard to lose your cables
Discussion: Yanko Design and geeksugar
Christian Nutt / Gamasutra:
In-Depth: The ABCs of Xbox 360 DLC
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Intel's Mobile Future
Discussion: FierceWireless
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Online Video an Olympic Feat for NBC
Discussion: Contentinople
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco Telepresence: Coming to a home near you (someday)
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Venture capital investing: What's next?
The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Debunking Common Windows Performance Tweaking Myths
Discussion: Bleeding Edge and Digg

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