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10:40 PM ET, September 10, 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.
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 …
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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.
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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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ITunes 8: The Genius in the Box
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 …
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?
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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 …
U.S. Senate:
KOHL CALLS ON CELL PHONE COMPANIES TO JUSTIFY RISING TEXTING RATES  —  In Three Years, Text Message Charges Have Doubled for Wireless Customers  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Today, US Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, asked the presidents and chief executive officers …
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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: InfoWorld
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
TC50: Niche social networks thrive, for birdwatchers, fashion …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and UberPulse
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:   Closet Couture gives you a virtual closet with real clothes
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 …
Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
There's No Place Like Home  —  Also available in: , Português, Deutsch  —  Starting today, we're rolling out a sneak preview of the new Flickr home page.  —  Why all the change?  Well, that's easy: Everybody knows the best part of Flickr is uploading photos and getting feedback from the community.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Inquisitr
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Flickr revamp spotlights photos, social features
Discussion: Valleywag and RotorBlog.com
Sydney Morning Herald:
Email becomes a dangerous distraction  —  Back in the early 1990s, email was a privilege granted only to those who could prove they needed it.  Now it has turned into a nuisance that's costing companies millions.  We may feel that we have it under control, but not only do we check email …
MobileTechNews:
iPhone Traffic Almost Doubles in the US  —  San Mateo, CA — AdMob, the world's largest mobile advertising marketplace, today highlighted the rapid and global growth of smartphone usage in their August 2008 AdMob Mobile Metrics Report.  The anticipated launch of new smartphones in the coming months …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Jake Swearingen / VentureBeat:
Smartphones gobbling up ever more market share
Discussion: TG Daily and msearchgroove
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Apple senior execs settle options case for $14M  —  Apple senior execs and directors settle options lawsuit; company gets millions out of it  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and several other senior executives and board members have agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed …
Discussion: CNET News, Epicenter, Valleywag and TUAW
Crave at CNET UK:
Photos: Hands-on with the new Apple iPod classic  —  We're huge fans of the iPod classic.  When you rip all your CDs in Apple Lossless format, have about 30 podcast subscriptions, an archive of music videos, and insist on carrying the whole lot around with you, the 160GB model is the only way to go.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is Apple's Genius a music subscription service in disguise?  —  Getting hold of a big database of peoples' music tastes would be a great way to sell more music, don't you think?  Continue reading...  Microsoft previews work-anywhere BlueTrack mice  —  It's not often you see Microsoft trumpeting …
Discussion: MacUser and TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Xconomy and broadstuff
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
GoPlanit lets you shuffle travel plans like a music playlist
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
TC50: Ashton Kutcher thinks online content and television are merging …
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is this what online news has come to?
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Amazon.com to uncork wine sales
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
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Victoria Ho ZDNet Asia / ZDNet:
Microsoft on IE8—speed not top priority
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Opens Itself Up Tomorrow-Literally
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Matt Hamblen / PC World:
Sprint Releases New Phones for Holidays
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook rolls out new redesign, 2.5 million users are already protesting
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
ATI launches new HD 4000 series at sub-$100 prices
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Takes Another Jab at Developers
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Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Fotonauts crafts Wikipedia for photos
The Official Google Blog:
More eye candy for iGoogle
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
SlingCatcher and Slingbox PRO-HD Available for Pre-Order
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban: “When I die, I want to come back as me”
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