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1:45 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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?
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 on your BlackBerry device.  —  Once it's installed you'll have faster search …
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 …
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 and
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
TC50: Niche social networks thrive, for birdwatchers, fashion …
Discussion: TechCrunch, and UberPulse
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Final thoughts on a packed DemoFall  —  For the 122 companies that were featured presenters at DemoFall and TechCrunch50 this week, the pressure of making their cases onstage to the audiences of press, venture capitalists, and analysts is now over.  —  To be sure, those companies …
Discussion: and
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   An In-Person DEMO and Techcrunch50 Comparison
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Don Clark / Business Technology:
A Small Step for Snoop, a Hipper Hop for Virtual Worlds  —  Oddly enough, people pay real money for virtual things in the animated environments popping up on the Internet.  What they haven't been doing much, it seems, is buying into celebrity merchandising.
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.
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 …
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Scientists Activate Particle Collider
Stuart Houghton / Kotaku:
Xbox 360s Flying Off The Shelves After Price Cut
Discussion: TechSpot and *Shacknews* Games
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpaceTV now allows direct uploads
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Farber /
Goodrec launches mobile recommendation engine
Discussion: SlashPhone
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
TC50: Ashton Kutcher thinks online content and television are merging …
Discussion: Leveraging Ideas
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
But will it run Crysis Warhead?
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Mathew /
Is this what online news has come to?
Steven Musil / CNET News: to uncork wine sales
Victoria Ho ZDNet Asia / ZDNet:
Microsoft on IE8—speed not top priority
Discussion: TechSpot
iPhone Traffic Almost Doubles in the US
Discussion: InformationWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Opens Itself Up Tomorrow-Literally
Discussion: Valleywag
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?