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12:55 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  —  Images from around the web are showing the HTC Dream AKA the T-Mobile G1 in all its bendy, screen-sliding glory.  This Sidekick-like phone has a pop up screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and none of the buckets of suck that characterize Windows Mobile phones.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, p2pnet and AppScout
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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.
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 …
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
Alex Vogenthaler / Inside AdSense:
Ad serving for everyone  —  Back in March, we announced the beta release of Google Ad Manager, our hosted ad serving and management solution for publishers with smaller direct sales teams.  Today, we are pleased to announce general availability of the product — no invitation required!
Discussion: CenterNetworks and MarketingVOX
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 …
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
 
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Social Media is Key Component of Back-to-School Marketing Supply List
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Where Cell Phones Go to Die
Discussion: Christopher Null and Gizmodo
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Begins Fake Cat Brain Project (Updated)
Discussion: The Register
TeleGeography Research:
Google's subsea ambitions expand
Discussion: GigaOM and WebProNews
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
mtvU to launch U.S. campus guides online network
Discussion: PDA and paidContent.org
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC ponders forcing HD radio access with Sirius/XM devices
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Completes EDS Buy, Heads for the Clouds
Discussion: HP, CNET News.com and Inquirer
Android Developers Blog:
Some information on APIs removed in the Android 0.9 SDK beta
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Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Opentape Sticks It to RIAA with Open Source Muxtape
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Xbox Vs. Firefox
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 goes mobile: It's a bigger deal than you think
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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Apple pulls free Tetris clone from iTunes
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