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Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Schmidt Didn't Want to Build Chrome Initially, He Says  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Thursday evening that, for six years, he resisted the idea of building what became the Chrome browser and (soon) operating system, before succumbing to the enthusiasm of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Putting What Little We Actually Know About Chrome OS Into Context  —  It has seemed obvious for some time that Google would someday release a PC OS.  I became convinced after they released Android: if they're creating and giving away a free OS for phones, why not PCs, too?
The Official Google Blog:
Find Creative Commons images with Image Search  —  Let's say you're a blogger.  You've just returned from a trip to New York City, and you're writing a post on New York landmarks.  You want to illustrate your travel guide with an image — as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google image search gets usage rights filtering
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct  —  There are signs that the concerted cyber attacks targeting U.S. and Korean government and commercial Web sites this past week are beginning to wane.  Yet, even if the assaults were to be completely blocked tomorrow, the attackers could still …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
AmazonWireless: shopping the phone instead of the plan  —  I've said it time and time again.  When it comes to buying a wireless phone, my best advice is to shop the service, not the device.  It's common sense.  The device can be the best in the world but if the service is unreliable …
Discussion: eWeek
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What Is Real Time Search?  Definitions & Players  —  There seems to be no end to companies saying they offer real time search these days.  And no end to people quoting how Google itself says it wants to improve in the area.  But what does real time search really mean?
Discussion: Scobleizer, Gadgetell, TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gnip Launches Push API To Create Real-Time Stream Of Business Data
Discussion: Don Park's Daily Habit, Thanks:taylorbuley
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Power.com Countersues Facebook Over Data Portability  —  The Data Portability wars just got a little more interesting.  Power.com, the service that lets users aggregate their social networks into a single hub, is countersuing Facebook for restricting users' ability to export and move their own data.
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Orange Drops DRM From Its Music Store  —  Another nail in the coffin for copy locks - Orange is switching off DRM across the two million tracks in its Orange Music Store.  —  The move will apply to both channel in the dual-mode store - PC download and mobile download.
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:   Orange launches DRM-free music downloads
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft VP says Google's playing defense with Chrome OS  —  Microsoft founder Bill Gates may not want to comment on Chrome OS, the just-announced operating system from Google.  But Walid Abu-Hadba, the software giant's Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism …
Steve Block / Google LatLong:
The blue circle comes to your desktop  —  If you've used Google Maps for mobile, you'll be familiar with My Location.  With single click of a button, your approximate location is shown on the map with a blue circle.  Wouldn't it be great if that same feature was available in Google Maps on your desktop or laptop computer?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location Now Built-In To Google Maps — In Chrome And Firefox
Discussion: Gizmodo and Kelsey Group Blogs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redfin Turns Profitable, Real Estate Industry Shudders  —  An interesting tidbit from today's Naked Truth event in Seattle: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said his company just turned profitable.  Since I was sitting next to him on the panel, I asked him off microphone what revenues were.
Discussion: TechFlash
The Huffington Post:
Read the Never-Before-Published Letter From LSD-Inventor Albert Hofmann to Apple CEO Steve Jobs  —  The following post is adapted from the new book “This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”  The letter is published with the permission of the estate of LSD-inventor Albert Hofmann.
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Sony to release Vaio P ‘mark 2’ in October  —  Sony's latest ultra-portable finds its niche  —  While Sony's Vaio P series - the sexy ultra-portable ‘notbook’ that launched earlier this year - came under fire from critics for its painfully-slow boot-up and its frighteningly ‘premium’ price-tag …
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers $5 Monthly Web-Access Fee  —  New York Times Co. said in a survey of print subscribers that it's considering a $5 monthly fee for access to its namesake newspaper's Web site.  —  In the survey, Times Co. also asked whether subscribers would be willing to pay a discounted fee of $2.50 a month for Web access.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Sued For Click Fraud  —  Sports site RootZoo has sued Facebook for click fraud, alleging that the social networking site charged for more clicks than actually occurred.  The lawsuit comes several weeks after Facebook users began flooding message boards with complaints about overcharging.
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
Sprint's BlackBerry Tour to sprout WiFi next year  —  Sprint Nextel said it will release an updated version of the BlackBerry Tour next year that will include WiFi, a move that reflects the carrier's recent decision to require its smartphone suppliers to add WiFi into their devices for the carrier.
Brad Stone / Bits:
New York Attorney General Sues Tagged.com  —  Turns out our recent story on the spammy social network Tagged.com had a fan — Andrew Cuomo, New York's attorney general.  —  Mr. Cuomo has announced he intends to sue the company “for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Intel Is Working With Google on Chrome OS  —  The world's largest chip maker is working with Google on the Chrome operating system and has been privy to the project for some time, a spokesman for the company said Friday.  —  Intel's endorsement is important for the Chrome OS project …
Discussion: Computerworld and Ars Technica
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Longest Tweet In History  —  The short tale of a Forbesian technological breakthrough.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound.  On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a four-minute mile.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
iSuppli:
One-Third of Mobile Phones to Use Accelerometers by 2010, Spurred by iPhone and Palm Pre  —  Owing to the essential role they play in the user interfaces of hot smart phones like Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Palm Inc.'s Pre, accelerometers are expected to appear in one-third of mobile phones shipped next year, according to iSuppli Corp.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With ad revenue up 35%, Gawker Media returns to pageview bonuses and plans “checkbook journalism”  —  Eight months ago, Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton was predicting a 40-percent drop in U.S. advertising and paring back accordingly: He laid off 19 writers and, by selling some blogs …
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Jezebel and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
As Android Rollouts Ramp Up, China's Borqs Gets $17.4M  —  Borqs, a Beijing-based startup that develops mobile software for handset makers and mobile carriers using Google's Android OS, says it's received $17.4 million in Series B funding from Norwest Venture Partners as an increasing number …
Discussion: mocoNews
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
iGossip Tries Blending Citizen Journalism With Celebrity Buzz  —  With social media and user-generated content increasingly influencing mainstream news coverage, it was only a matter of time before that influence made its way over to entertainment news.  Blogs like TMZ and Jezebel may attract tons …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Tumblr Launches Submissions Allowing Readers to Submit Content  —  Earlier this month NY-based microblog service Tumblr launched photoset functionality.  Today they have announced a new “submission” option.  Tumblr founder David Karp notes, “The author starts posting about a topic they care about …
Discussion: Tumblr Staff and Download Squad
 
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John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
A Blog's Story Gets a Tweak in ‘Julie & Julia’
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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