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7:15 AM ET, August 26, 2008

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Jennifer Liu / The Official Google Blog:
At a loss for words?  —  Have you ever been stumped in finding the right words to search for?  Back when I was planning my wedding, I had a list of wedding songs in mind, but the problem was that I couldn't remember any of the artist names or song titles.  So I started typing …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google.com Finally Gets Google Suggest Feature  —  After being in testing for literally years, Google Suggest is finally coming to Google.com.  This is the feature where as you start to type in the search box, related searches automatically appear below where you are typing.
Discussion: Inquirer and CNET News.com
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Amazon.com buys Shelfari, a startup for book lovers  —  Amazon.com is buying Shelfari, the Seattle social networking startup for book lovers, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  The deal comes about three weeks after Amazon.com acquired Victoria, B.C.-basedAbeBooks …
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Buys Shelfari and it's Innovative UI  —  Shelfari, a small book sharing startup, was acquired today by Amazon (an existing investor in the company).  Shelfari is known for its innovative user interface, something which we've discussed a few times on ReadWriteWeb.
Shelfari:   Shelfari joins the Amazon.com family
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: Apple Event for September 9th  —  The rumored iPod Zune, captured in grainy black and white, of course  —  Kevin Rose is teasing Apple fans again.  Just a day after blogging about an Apple Event for new iPod nanos, a less expensive iPod touch, and iTunes 8, he has now set a date.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Event for September 9th?
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Cult of Mac
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Opinion: Why Google has lost its mojo — and why you should care  —  Computerworld) Google has gone from innovative upstart to fat-and-happy industry leader in what seems like record time.  Put simply, the search giant has lost its mojo.  That's good news for Microsoft …
AndroidGuys:
No More Speculation - This is the G1 from T-Mobile  —  It's time to put this rumor to bed once and for all.  We've seen a handful of mockups online these last few weeks guessing as to what the first Android handset is going to look like.  We even saw a video that divided many fanboys, including us AndroidGuys.
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Vincent Nguyen / Android Community:
Android-powered T-Mobile G1 Engineering drawings!  —  The Android Guys managed to get their mitts on the first real drawings of the T-Mobile G1.  The images reveal a lot more information that we've only been able to speculate on up until now.  —  The most notable part of the T-Mobile G1 is the “chin”.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashPhone and Engadget Mobile
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook hits 100 million user mark, twenty percent have already opted in to the redesign  —  Will Facebook users like the redesign?  The company made a big gamble in changing the interface to focus on feeds — it's a move that many in the “early adopter” crowd liked (including myself).
Discussion: FaceReviews, ReadWriteWeb and Valleywag
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
For Andreessen and Horowitz, it's gotta be Qik  —  Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen and longtime business partner Ben Horowitz are teaming up again, this time to invest in Qik, which lets users stream live video from their mobile phone.  —  Andreessen, co-founder and chairman …
IEBlog:
IE8 and Privacy  —  As others have written here before, users should be in control of their information.  That's at the core of privacy.  Privacy has two aspects: disclosure and choice.  Disclosure means informing users in plain language about the data collected about them and how it's used.
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Monica Norton / Washington Post:
Accidental Ad Blocker
Discussion: Slashdot
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Preview the new FriendFeed design  —  We are happy to announce a new design for FriendFeed that makes it easier to read your feed and easier to get updates from the people you care about most.  —  We are launching the new design today in “beta” to get feedback from all of you before we flip …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
College Sophomore Sells His iPhone App To Flixster  —  Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called Movies.app (iTunes link) last week, and has re-released the application this evening.  As far as we know, this is the first acquisition of an iPhone app.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Jason Snell / Macworld:
A tale of two Tetrises  —  Some sad news today from the world of iPhone software, as Noah Witherspoon, developer of the Tetris clone Tris, announced that he was pulling the game from the App Store due to legal threats from The Tetris Company, owner of the Tetris trademark.
Discussion: Techdirt, VentureBeat and Unwired View
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
Here Comes Kindle 2.0  —  I can confirm what McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Tim Bueneman is saying — that Amazon.com plans to unveil a larger-screen model of its Kindle e-book player, aimed at students, in the coming months.  And I'm also hearing some details about an upgrade of the base model …
Bret Terrill / VentureBeat:
Developer Analytics: Facebook game Mob Wars making $22,000 a day  —  There's a Facebook game pulling in $22,000 a day and it's not an application from RockYou or Slide.  It's an independently developed game called Mob Wars, currently the 13th most popular app on Facebook.
Discussion: All Facebook
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google dinners are still free (for now)
Discussion: Valleywag and Wikinomics
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
China lifts iTunes block but for Tibet album
Discussion: Techdirt
Brad Reed / PC World:
East Coast Rules in Broadband, Study Says
Discussion: Slashdot
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Cloud computing: A catchphrase in puberty
Discussion: CrunchGear, broadstuff and Digg
Dave Demerjian / Autopia:
Despite Airlines' Promises, Customers Find a Way to Make VOIP Calls on Flights
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nielsen: ‘Obama text’ reached 2.9 million
Discussion: textually.org
Jim Kerstetter / Webware.com:
Glassdoor offering a look at salaries beyond the dollar
Discussion: The Next Web and VentureBeat
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Canon EOS 50D Official: 15-Megapixel Prosumer DSLR Is First With Digic 4 Processor
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ex-Yahoo execs take on brand ad network, raise funds
Discussion: paidContent.org
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Facebook worm still spreading
Discussion: Webware.com and Media Bullseye
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Got $18,000? Grab a Hasselblad camera while it's cheap
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft invests in Net video company Move Networks
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
When is open source just throwing it all away?
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should release a touch-screen Mac
Electronista:
Nokia unveils N79, N85 smartphones [U]