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3:15 AM ET, September 11, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
The future of search … I am a search addict.  I'm naturally inquisitive - I've always liked finding things out.  Plus, I've worked at Google on search for the past 9 years and 3 months.  Of course I search - a lot.  Yet I would guess that on any given day, I only do about 20% of the searches that I could.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer Clarifies: Search Is Only 10% Done, Not 90%  —  I spoke to Google's Marissa Mayer at TechCrunch50 on Monday (a little after she we celebrated Google's 10th birthday with cupcakes) and asked her about the search is “90-95%” solved story over the weekend.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Notes and Observations Regarding Yesterday's 'Let's Rock' Apple Special Event  —  OVERALL SCOPE  —  The overall takeaway from yesterday's news is that Apple's music and iPod business is right on track.  There was nothing exceptional or particularly surprising, but the incremental improvements and changes were significant.
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Reuters:
T-Mobile to offer Android smartphone soon: sources  — T-Mobile to offer Android smartphone soon: sources  —  FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile unit is set to start selling a mobile phone based on Google Inc's Android software within weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Carriers begin to believe in data revenue, as Android's puzzle pieces come together  —  Carriers have long worried that they'll be relegated to being “dumb pipes” as more developers churn out applications for mobile phones.  But some new figures are now making those carriers change their stance …
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
A Stock-Killer Fueled by Algorithm After Algorithm  —  What made a six-year-old article about a bankruptcy filing by United Airlines reappear on Wall Street traders' screens on Monday as if it were fresh news, prompting a sell-off that erased $1 billion in the company's market value in a matter of minutes?
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Exclusive Interview: Microsoft Admits What Went Wrong with Vista, and How They Fixed It  —  We sat down with Microsoft to hear the company's side of the Vista story.  What lessons have been learned following the worst Windows launch in the company's history?  Is Microsoft doing enough to regain PC users' faith?
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
An In-Person DEMO and Techcrunch50 Comparison  —  I think I am the only person to attend both DEMO and TC50 this year.  I'd like to share my thoughts on both events.  This is only a logistics comparison — not a startup comparison.  My thoughts on all of the startups will come later this week.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Final thoughts on a packed DemoFall
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Webware.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo announces social networking app for iPhone  —  Updated at 3:50 p.m. PDT with further detail and information about Blueprint programming tools for mobile devices.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Yahoo on Wednesday released a preview version of a free new iPhone application called OneConnect …
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for BlackBerry: faster, stronger, better  —  Today we're pleased to launch Google Mobile App for BlackBerry.  It's a free download and it looks like this:  —  To download the App, visit m.google.com on your BlackBerry device.  —  Once it's installed you'll have faster search …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TC50: Birdpost and Closet Couture, Two Social Networks for Birds  —  The first two companies to present at this afternoon's Vertical Social Networking session proved that niche social networks can be exciting, even for people outside of their respective niches.  —  On paper, a social network for bird watchers sounds like a joke.
Discussion: Webware.com and InfoWorld
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
TC50: Niche social networks thrive, for birdwatchers, fashion …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and UberPulse
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
An inside look at Apple's sneaky iTunes 8 upgrade  —  I'm reading lots of complaints about the new iTunes 8 update causing horrific problems on Windows machines, including widespread reports of STOP errors, aka the Blue Screen of Death.  My colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has asked readers …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Takes Top Prize At TechCrunch50  —  Three jam-packed days, and 52 startup demos later, we finally have a winner for this year's TechCrunch50.  Every day, the presentations just seemed to get stronger and stronger.  There were so many strong contenders this year that we are awarding …
Howard Anderson / GigaOM:
5 Reasons to Move Your Startup Out of Silicon Valley  —  All tech startups need just a few ingredients to germinate: sophisticated money; first-rate technology universities; and a few template successes (a Google or a Facebook, and so on) to encourage founders to get off their duffs.
Stuart Houghton / Kotaku:
Xbox 360s Flying Off The Shelves After Price Cut  —  Well, that seems to have done the trick.  Following last week's Xbox 360 price cut in the US, the console has seen a big spike in sales.  —  Some retailers are reportedly showing 100% increases in sales of all Xbox models with up to six times …
Discussion: TechSpot and *Shacknews* Games
comScore:
YouTube Draws 5 Billion U.S. Online Video Views in July 2008  —  Americans Watch 558 Million Hours of Online Video During the Month, According to comScore Video Metrix  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released July 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
CTIA:
CTIA - The Wireless Association® Releases Latest Wireless Industry Survey Results  —  SAN FRANCISCO, CA - CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced today that wireless data service revenues for the first half of 2008 rose to $14.8 billion.  This represents a 40% increase over the first half of 2007 …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
U.S. text usage hits record despite price increases
Discussion: VentureBeat and GottaBeMobile
 
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Ross Wolinsky / Cracked.com:
The 10 Commandments of Facebook  —  The rise of social media …
Discussion: Techmamas and Digg
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpaceTV now allows direct uploads
Discussion: Mashable!
Don Clark / Business Technology:
A Small Step for Snoop, a Hipper Hop for Virtual Worlds
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Goodrec launches mobile recommendation engine
Discussion: SlashPhone
Apple:
Enabling Spoken Menus on iPod nano (4th generation)
Discussion: PC World, MacUser and Macworld
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Who Uses AOL and Why?  —  Hey, Bits readers, I need your help …
Discussion: Know It All
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is this what online news has come to?
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Amazon.com to uncork wine sales
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Victoria Ho ZDNet Asia / ZDNet:
Microsoft on IE8—speed not top priority
Discussion: TechSpot
MobileTechNews:
iPhone Traffic Almost Doubles in the US
Discussion: InformationWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Opens Itself Up Tomorrow-Literally
Discussion: Valleywag
Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
There's No Place Like Home
Crave at CNET UK:
Photos: Hands-on with the new Apple iPod classic
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook rolls out new redesign, 2.5 million users are already protesting
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is Apple's Genius a music subscription service in disguise?
Sydney Morning Herald:
Email becomes a dangerous distraction
 

 
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Financial Times:
Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

 
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