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7:55 PM ET, March 24, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Two new improvements to Google results pages  —  Today we're rolling out two new improvements to Google search.  The first offers an expanded list of useful related searches and the second is the addition of longer search result descriptions — both of which help guide users more effectively to the information they need.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Implements ‘Orion’ Technology, Improves Search Refinements & Adds Longer Snippets  —  Google is announcing two changes to search results this morning.  The first involves the use of longer “snippets” (text extracts containing the keywords) when users input queries of three words or more.
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Changes Could Decrease Downstream Traffic  —  Google says it gets smarter every day, but today the company made a big enough leap in what it shows to users that an announcement was in order.  The company blog post says that today's improvements are intended to “get you to the web page you want as quickly as possible.”
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sued for promoting iPhone as eBook reader  —  An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago.  —  In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday …
Lucy Hornby / Reuters:
“Unafraid” China apparently fears YouTube  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked.  —  YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube Being Blocked in China, Google Says
Discussion: PolicyBeta
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Looks Beyond Cellphones  —  As Core Business Slumps, Wireless Carrier Aims to Use Its Network for Dashboard Computers, GPS Devices  —  Unable to sign up enough new cellphone subscribers, Sprint Nextel Corp. is increasingly trying to use the excess capacity on its wireless network to power other consumer gadgets.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Makes Up 50 Percent of Smartphone Web Traffic In U.S., Android Already 5 Percent  —  The iPhone now accounts for 50 percent of mobile Web traffic from smartphones in the U.S., according to an AdMob Mobile Metrics report released this morning.  Over the past six months …
Ploth / perceptdev.com:
iPhone Keyboard - no Jailbreaking required, using 2.0 SDK  —  A number of industrious individuals have achieved what to some is the holy grail of iPhone accessories: an iPhone keyboard.  But most have done it in a very hard-to-repeat manner, and few have shared the methods they used.
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Engineers show off “no jailbreak” iPhone keyboard hack
Discussion: Macworld and perceptdev.com
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Last.fm Radio Announcement  —  Today we're announcing an upcoming change to the way Last.fm Radio works in some parts of the world.  In the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, nothing will change.  —  In all other countries, listening to Last.fm Radio will soon require a subscription of €3.00 per month.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweaks Its Title Tags For Better Google Juice  —  Notice that title tag for my Twitter profile page?  —  It reads “Robin Wauters (robinwauters) on Twitter” where it used to say “Twitter / robinwauters”.  For the TechCrunch Twitter account, it used to read “Twitter / TechCrunch” …
Discussion: CNET News, bub.blicio.us and Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee adds Pandora and makes its browser more Firefox-like for Hulu  —  Boxee, the streaming content startup, continues to push updates out at a brisk pace.  Tonight, at its meetup in New York City, it's announcing a few new features, one of which should once again help bring back Hulu support.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple announces Cross Border ordering to 20 countries  —  Apple on Tuesday quietly introduced its new Cross Border campaign, which allows US-based customers to make purchases for recipients located in Mexico, 15 countries across Europe, and 4 countries in Southeast Asia.
Discussion: Ars Technica
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9630 Review: Part 1  —  We've been playing with it non-stop all weekend.  We've tastelessly shown it off with a dash of hood on video.  But the review is now finally ready.  We decided to split this into two parts, one now and one right before launch.
Mark Ghuneim / MediaPost:
Twitter: How Small Interface Changes Are A Big Win For Everyone  —  At first glance, Twitter's recent interface changes seem to be relatively minor — a “Featured Users” option within “Find People,” a “Search Now” box, and a new “Trends” section.  Yet, after a more in-depth examination …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Friends and Family Fly for Free, Frequently  —  Google's new 2008 proxy statement looks a lot like Google's proxy statements from previous years: The company's top executives received nice bonuses, though slightly smaller than last year's.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Announces Executive Team (Internal Memo)  —  MySpace Music, the joint venture between MySpace and the major labels to provide free streaming music to users, is announcing its executive team this afternoon.  The president of the company, Courtney Holt, was announced late last year.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:erolh
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple Falls to Third Place in Reliability Report, Loses to Asus and Lenovo/IBM  —  Apple, the previous champ in RESCUECOM's consumer reliability 2008 report, just got demolished by Asus in an almost 3 to 1 score for Q1 2009.  It even loses to Lenovo.  —  Asus scored a 972, compared with Lenovo's 348 and Apple's 324.
John D. Sutter / CNN:
No joke in April Fool's Day computer worm  —  (CNN) — A computer-science detective story is playing out on the Internet as security experts try to hunt down a worm called Conficker C and prevent it from damaging millions of computers on April Fool's Day.  —  The anti-worm researchers …
Discussion: Domain Name News
WMPoweruser.com:
Is this Windows Mobile 7?  —  A kind tipster send us this screen shots of what purports to be Windows Mobile 7.  The latest inside rumours put the OS as being available to OEM's by the end of 2009 and out on devices by Spring 2010.  —  From what I have heard so far, it sounds worth the wait.
Discussion: WMExperts and Cellpassion
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile  —  For those of you reading this in an RSS reader, you can watch the video here.  You can also grab the embed code if you want to use this video in your own blog.  —  Just over a month ago, I mentioned on this blog that we were gearing up to launch Skype 3. Beta …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Face.com Brings Facial Recognition To Facebook Photos (We Have Invites)  —  If there is one feature on Facebook which delivers “social utility” magic even to the most average of users, it's Photos.  In fact the feature is so popular that by Facebook's own account 1 billion photos are uploaded every month …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Samsung Papyrus: touchscreen ebook debuts … Samsung is too launch a touchscreen ebook reader to take on the Amazon Kindle Pocket-lint has learnt.  —  The new model called Papyrus will launch in Korea in June with the aim to eventually launch in the UK and US a spokesperson for Samsung told Pocket-lint.
Alex Wilhelm / The Mind of Alex:
Chrome's Growth Is Far Too Slow  —  I am a dedicated Chrome user.  I actually even subscribe to the alpha channel, giving me the flakiest and most advanced version to be had.  I love it.  Chrome is light, fast, and very well designed.  But as a daily user, I lose sight of the fact, that most people do not use Chrome.
Thanks:alex
Michael Field / The Age:
Telstra offshoot hires teen hacker ‘Akill’  —  Self-confessed hacker, Owen Thor Walker.  —  TelstraClear, Telstra's New Zealand subsidiary, has hired one of the worlds best known hackers - a teenager known as “Akill”.  —  Nineteen-year-old Owen Thor Walker became the subject of a US Federal Bureau …
Discussion: Jobwire, Zero Day and Bleeding Edge
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
PHOTOS: Samsung N310 laptop … Just a day after it's official launch, Pocket-lint has already managed to grab a hands-on with the new netbook from Samsung, The N310.  —  Coming in four colours, the N310 has a rubberised feel to it and comes complete with an embossed logo on the back of the display.
Discussion: Liliputing
BBC:
Call to ‘shut down’ Street View  —  Images of 25 cities are viewable via Google Street View  —  A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO).  —  Drawn up by privacy campaigners, it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Gets A Conference  —  The latest sign Twitter is either taking off or overhyped: Telecom (and media) industry vet Jeff Pulver is organizing a two-day Twitter-related conference, scheduled for mid-June in New York.  The “140 Characters Conference” will “explore the effects of twitter on: Celebrity, The Media and Advertising.”
Dan Moren / Macworld:
InstallerApp is like iTunes for jailbreakers  —  Despite the long history of jailbreaking on the iPhone—the ability to hack your phone to install third-party apps pre-dates the App Store—Apple's officially provided solution has always offered a few features that jailbreaking couldn't match.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Royal Pingdom:
The most reliable (and unreliable) blogging services  —  Millions of people who blog don't want to deal with hosting their blog themselves, so they use a blogging service instead.  There are many things that factor into the choice of blogging service, but one of them should always be site reliability.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
 
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