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12:50 PM 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.
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Shelfari joins the Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.  —  As many of you may already know, Amazon has been a long supporter of Shelfari.
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
AndroidGuys:
No More Speculation - This is the G1 from T-Mobile  —  Update: Since we published this article, we've received some specs from a few people/places.  Click here to see a compiled list of the inner beauty.  —  It's time to put this rumor to bed once and for all.
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
It's Official: The G1 From T-Mobile is the First Android Phone
Discussion: Electronista
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Facebook cuts off Scrabulous after legal complaint  —  EXCEPT INDIA, WHERE COURT CASE PENDING  —  Already blocked from Facebook users in the United States and Canada, “Scrabulous” — the online imitation of the popular Scrabble board game — has been yanked by Facebook in all other countries except India …
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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.
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
Discussion: PDA and Inquirer
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).
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AT&T expands iPhone international data plans  —  AT&T announced Tuesday it's expanding its iPhone international data plans, in a move designed to cut consumers' reliance on pay-per-use data services.  —  Under the expansion, which is slated to begin Wednesday, iPhone users can add …
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and Engadget
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: http://dl.google.com/gears/current/ 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.
John Resig:
Firebug 1.2 Released  —  The final version of Firebug 1.2 has been released.  The release should be up on the Mozilla Add-ons site today, but it's also up on GetFirebug.com right now.  —  John J Barton and Jan Odvarko put a ton of work into this release (you may have noticed the rapid-fire series …
Discussion: OStatic blogs
MacNN:
Apple pulls free Tetris clone from iTunes  —  Apple's legal machine has turned its sights on an independent developer, a college student responsible for an iPhone Tetris clone called Tris, who is conceding to the company's removal of the game from the App Store.
Nokia:
Lights!  Camera!  Action!  - Nokia N96 brings movies and more to North America  —  White Plains, NY, USA - Nokia today announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N96, unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will be made available for high-speed 3G HSDPA networks widely used …
 
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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