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11:55 AM ET, August 26, 2008


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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Buys Shelfari and its 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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Shelfari: Moves To Corner Book-Centric Social Networks  —  Shelfari, a social network for bibliophiles, has been acquired by Amazon for an undisclosed amount.  Amazon has been a longtime supporter of the Seattle based startup, having invested $1 million in the site in February 2007.
Discussion: Profy and WebProNews
Shelfari joins the family  —  It's an exciting day here at Shelfari.  The rain has stopped, the birds are chirping and the biggest news of all - we are being acquired by  —  As many of you may already know, Amazon has been a long supporter of Shelfari.
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.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
It's Official: The G1 From T-Mobile is the First Android Phone
Discussion: Electronista
Vincent Nguyen / Android Community:
Android-powered T-Mobile G1 Engineering drawings!
Discussion: Unwired View, SlashPhone and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If Amazon Really Wants To Get Serious About The Kindle...  More rumors about the new Kindle are emerging, which we first wrote about on July 15.  The first device will have a similar sized screen as the existing model but will have a much enhanced form factor.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Facebook cuts off Scrabulous after legal complaint  —  NEW YORK - A highly popular Scrabble clone already pulled from Facebook in the United States and Canada continued its tumble over the weekend as the online hangout extended its block of the game throughout most of the world.
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Facebook cuts off Scrabulous after legal complaint
Discussion: TechCrunch, p2pnet and AppScout
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Scrabulous removed from Facebook
Discussion: LEWIS 360°
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Finally Gets Google Suggest Feature
Discussion: Inquirer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
College Sophomore Sells His iPhone App To Flixster  —  Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called (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.
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).
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 …
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 …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
VoIP Goes Mobile  —  Gorilla Mobile and other carriers are allowing cell-phone users to make calls for virtually free using Internet technology  —  Scott Goldman uses his mobile phone to call friends and business contacts all over the world, from Britain to Australia.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gears for Safari  —  Google posted a link to a beta version of Gears for Safari: gears-osx-opt.dmg.  The minimum system requirements are: Safari 3.1.1 on Tiger 10.4.11 or Leopard 10.5.3, although Gears is likely to support other WebKit-based browsers in the future.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC ponders forcing HD radio access with Sirius/XM devices  —  There are still loose ends to tie up in the merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.  The Federal Communications Commission has gotten to one of them, launching a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on whether tuners built for the new entity …
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Xbox Vs. Firefox  —  Web browsers aren't generally viewed as the home of high quality games.  —  Sure, we've all wasted a few minutes (or even hours) playing with an addictive flash game online, but when you think of PC gaming, neither Firefox nor Internet Explorer immediately leap to mind.
Android Developers Blog:
Some information on APIs removed in the Android 0.9 SDK beta  —  Earlier this week, we released a beta of the Android SDK.  In the accompanying post, I mentioned that we had to remove some APIs from the platform for Android 1.0, and as a result they don't appear in the 0.9 beta SDK, and won't appear in 1.0-compatible SDKs.
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
OXM rumor: Gearbox developing Halo 4 as launch title for next Xbox
John Resig:
Firebug 1.2 Released  —  The final version of Firebug 1.2 has been released.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Completes EDS Buy, Heads for the Clouds
Discussion: HP and CNET
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Hi5 goes mobile: It's a bigger deal than you think
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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Monica Norton / Washington Post:
Accidental Ad Blocker
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