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6:30 AM ET, July 10, 2009

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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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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.
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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?
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Amazon.com:
Introducing AmazonWireless - A New Amazon Web Site Offering Cell Phones and Service Plans  —  Easy-to-Use Web Site Guides Customers Through the Purchase Process; Rebate-Free Shopping and FREE Two-Day Shipping on All Phones  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the beta launch of AmazonWireless …
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
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
DSLreports:
Akamai: U.S. 33rd Fastest Broadband Country - Behind Slovakia, in terms of percentage of connections above 2Mbps...  Akamai today released their latest “State of the Internet Report,” (registration annoyingly required) which covers a number of topics including broadband penetration, broadband speeds, security, and more.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TokBox Fires 50% Of Engineering Team, All Founders Gone  —  It was only seven months ago that video chat startup TokBox sent a taco truck to meet newly laid-off Yahoo employees in an effort to cheer up and recruit a few of them (the startup was kind enough to send the truck over to our office afterwards to let us in on the action).
Discussion: GigaOM
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Bing Both Grows & Drops In June; Google Still Tops  —  Just in from Hitwise, the first month-to-month figures since the launch of Bing.  And the figures show Bing has both gained and dropped in the same month.  Confusing?  Yes it is!  —  Here are the month-to-month figures:
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Silverlight 3 goes live on Microsoft's servers  —  Download Microsoft Silverlight 3 for Windows Final from Fileforum now.  —  A day earlier than expected, though not without precedent, Microsoft's servers began reporting to Silverlight users today the availability of version 3 …
Electronista:
Pre owners complain of lack of onscreen keys  —  Palm Pre owners are ironically complaining that their smartphones don't have onscreen keyboards, a study by Strategy Analytics found today.  Despite Palm having added the QWERTY keyboard in response to gripes about touch-only devices like the iPhone …
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
256÷128=10?!  The impact of the iPhone 3GS RAM increase  —  The most significant thing that Apple's been touting about new iPhone 3GS is its speed.  Generally, when you think about speed improvements, you think of faster CPUs, faster GPUs, and such.
 
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Amazon: Blocked, Or Not, in China?
Google Watch:
What Is a ‘T-Mobile MyTouch 3G with Google’ …
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires and TmoNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear EMI: Pretending The Old World Still Exists Won't Get You Into The 21st Century
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
What Your Favorite Social Network Says About You
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
A Blog's Story Gets a Tweak in ‘Julie & Julia’
Scott Gulbransen / The Quicken Blog:
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft's New CRM Accelerators Embrace Social Networking, Web Portals
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Microsoft is planning an Office party on Monday
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