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Michael Cohen / The Official Google Blog:
Browse what the world is saying on Blog Search  —  Did you know that millions of bloggers around the world write new posts each week?  If you're like me, you probably read only a tiny fraction of these in Google Reader.  What's everybody else writing about?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Its Own Memetracker  —  Google has just launched a new homepage for its blog search that bears a strong resemblance to Techmeme, Memeorandum and their “memetracker” counterparts.  The site displays a listing of the top stories from across a variety of topics including business, politics, technology, and entertainment.
Discussion: broadstuff
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Blogsearch and Techmeme  —  More and more people are spending free time (and work time) online and lots of those people want to discover interesting things on the web.  Google Blogsearch's new home page applies that insight with a browsable version of what's going on in the blogosphere.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.
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Jason Dean / Wall Street Journal:
Evidence Suggests China's Skype Is Monitoring Internet Messages  —  BEIJING — A group of Canadian researchers said they found evidence suggesting that a Skype joint venture in China is monitoring its users' Internet text chats and storing messages that contain politically sensitive content on publicly-accessible servers.
Discussion: The Blog known …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
‘Windows Cloud’ to descend this month, says Ballmer  —  Microsoft prefers to ‘obsolete ourselves’  —  Microsoft will let loose a new operating system, Windows Cloud, at the company's annual developer conference later this month.  —  Boss Steve Ballmer announced Redmond's plans …
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InfoWorld:
Ballmer: Microsoft will soon release ‘Windows Cloud’ OS  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed a few details on Wednesday of a forthcoming operating system that will help developers write Internet-based applications.  —  Within a month, Microsoft will unveil what Ballmer called “Windows Cloud.”
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DSi with dual cameras, “DSi Shop” content store [update]  —  As expected, Nintendo has announced the new DSi at its Fall presentation in Japan.  The device features a dual touchscreen layout almost identical to the DS Lite, though the company is calling it a “third platform …
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Apple Developer Connection:
To Our Developers  —  We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.  —  We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work.  It has happened before.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SlingMedia Prepares To Launch Their Video Portal At Sling.com  —  Sling Media, the creators of a hardware device that lets users stream their home television signal to an Internet connected device anywhere (with a software download), is preparing to launch their new video portal, Sling.com.
Tony Smith / The Register:
US consumers flock to Mac laptops  —  That sound you can hear is Steve Jobs laughing after reading figures from US market watcher NPD that Apple laptops accounted for 20 per cent of retail notebook sales during July and August.  —  That's the key back-to-school sales period …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology  —  Apple's iPhone is making multitouch all the rage on mobile phones but laptop makers are not rushing to add the technology to traditional notebooks.  —  Multitouch, which lets users control applications through gestures on a screen …
Brent / The Official Netflix Blog:
New content to watch instantly  —  Hi, Brent here with some news about movies & TV episodes that are available to watch instantly.  Today we announced an agreement with Starz Play that adds around 1,000 choices that you can watch instantly today, and will add another 1,500 by the end of the year.
darkREADING:
New DOS Attack Is a Killer  —  2:45 PM — Things are a-brewin' in Sweden.  Sweden is not just home of the infamous bikini team, it is also the home of Outpost 24, an equally sexy software-as-a-service network scanning service, and the employer of my friend Robert E. Lee and his colleague Jack C. Louis.
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
One Way to Turn a Mac Into a PC Just Got Better  —  There are two common methods for running Microsoft Windows and Windows programs on an Apple Macintosh, and one of those methods just got better and easier.  —  The first approach uses a feature called Boot Camp that comes free on every new Mac.
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
How Fast You Can Read This Essay Online  —  How John McCain's techno-monopolism  —  will hurt the economy  —  John McCain is an AT&T guy; Barack Obama is a Google guy.  And that's one of the most important policy differences between the two.  —  Think of the Internet as working at different layers.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out Post-Roll Video Ads  —  YouTube, which has never had trouble growing an audience but hasn't yet figured out the trick for monetizing them thar eyeballs, is adding a trick from the old playbook: post-roll advertisements.  As we understand it (and this has been confirmed with the company) …
Discussion: Valleywag
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?  —  There are only so many world-changing products a company can create, but there's still plenty of room for Apple to extend established product lines  —  Where does Apple go from here?  The question lies at the heart of the media and industry buzz that so often surrounds …
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Samsung i907 coming to AT&T as Epix  —  Forget about the BlackJack III.  AT&T had it enough with BlackJacks, hence the next QWERTY-keyboard equipped Samsung smartphone will be hitting the carrier as AT&T Epix.  —  From what we can say, it's basically the i780 model with some tweaks.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
J Mark Lytle / TechRadar.com:
Bizarre phone lets users see through walls  —  Multiple sensors give us perhaps the world's oddest phone  —  This week's CEATEC technology show just outside Tokyo is home to not just the latest mainstream gadgets, but also some of the weirdest tech you'll ever come across.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Tim O'Reilly Course Corrects the Definition of Web 2.0  —  eBay was Web 2.0 before Web 2.0 was cool.  —  Tim O'Reilly wrote a nice piece the other day Why Dell.com (was) More Enterprise 2.0 Than Dell IdeaStorm.  In the post, he re-asserted the proper definition of Web 2.0.  Here's a quote:
Agence France Presse:
South Korea's free computer game model hits US  —  AFP - Free computer game play that is all the rage in South Korean is taking hold in a US market dominated by videogames sold on packaged disks or by online subscriptions.
The Official Google Blog:
Saving electricity one data center at a time  —  Hundreds of millions of users access our services through the web, and this traffic requires lots of computers.  We strive to offer great Internet services while taking our energy use very seriously.  That's why, nearly a decade ago …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New California law narrows overtime regulations for skilled tech workers  —  Tech companies glum about their sagging stock prices can take cheer in a bill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law that aims to make it easier for employers to determine which of their workers are exempt from overtime compensation.
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
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C.K. / Sample the Web:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Widget maker Gigya gets $11 million Series C
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Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Evernote Opens Up, Launches API, Hugs Geeks
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Taiwan market: Netbook vendors start cutting prices to clear inventory
Discussion: Liliputing and jkOnTheRun
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says
Discussion: ZDNet Government and TG Daily
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Future of Widgets on Facebook: Dead