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9:15 AM ET, August 11, 2009

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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed accepts Facebook friend request  —  We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed.  As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle...  The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Oh, FriendFeed is now Facebook's “official” R&D department!  —  When I heard the news I was walking through San Antonio's Hard Rock Cafe looking at Kurt Cobain's high school photograph.  Wow.  FriendFeed was purchased by Facebook.  —  I quickly wrote a DM to Paul Buchheit and Bret Taylor, co-founders and said “call me.”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Cost Of FriendFeed: Roughly $50 Million In Cash And Stock  —  Everyone is obviously talking about the Facebook/FriendFeed deal, but everyone wants to know one key detail: How much did Facebook pay?  Now we know: Facebook paid nearly $50 million when you add the $15 million it paid in cash …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Now That There's FaceFeed, Does That Make Twoogle More Inevitable?
Discussion: Business Week
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
More info on the Caffeine Update  —  Google recently opened up a preview of our new Caffeine update, and I wanted to give a little more background on this change.  At the Real-Time CrunchUp a few weeks ago, I joked that the half-life of code at Google is about six months.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Caffeine: Google's New Search Index  —  Google has just unveiled a “secret project” of “next-generation architecture for Google's web search”.  This new architecture appears to include crawling, indexing, and ranking changes.  For the first time, Google isn't simply incorporating these changes …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Test Google's New Search Infrastructure
Discussion: CNET News and MediaMemo
Akhil Wable / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Search Improved for Everyone  —  Last month, we began testing new versions of Search with a small group of people on Facebook.  Based on the success of those tests, we're rolling out a new version of Search to everyone on the site beginning today.  —  You now will be able to search …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Real-Time Search for Everyone
Discussion: Mashable! and NEWS.com.au
IEBlog:
Engineering POV: IE6  —  The topic of site support for IE6 has had a lot of discussion on the web recently as a result of a post on the Digg blog.  Why would anyone run an eight-year old browser?  Should sites continue to support it?  What more can anyone do to get IE6 users to upgrade?
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: “dropping support for IE6 is not an option”
Discussion: Mashable!
Xbox.com:
Dashboard Updates: Xbox LIVE Update  —  One of the amazing things about the Xbox LIVE experience is that it's always getting better.  The latest Xbox LIVE Update truly cranks it up a notch - with features that improve your entertainment experience and give you new ways to express your individuality and connect with friends.
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Tough times in the porn industry  —  The business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, is being undercut by a growing abundance of free content on the Internet.  —  On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa.
Discussion: broadstuff and PE Hub Blog
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Prices Leaked: 16GB for $220, 32GB for $290  —  It feels like we know everything about the Zune HD—except the price.  Well, now we know, if Best Buy's inventory system is right: the 16GB model will go for $220, and the 32GB model will be $290.  —  It also backs up the previously rumored launch date, Sept. 8.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple again offers matte screen option for 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  Confirming an AppleInsider exclusive tip from less than a month ago, Apple has restored the antiglare upgrade option — at a cost of $50 — for its 15-inch MacBook Pro line.  —  The change is a quiet concession by Apple …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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Boy Genius Report:
More iTunes 9 details, Apple developing social networking application?  —  Our same source is back at it again and we have some further clarification on the iTunes 9 rumor we posted a couple days ago.  We really have to take this information at face value, but again felt it was worthy enough to be published.
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
MLB beefs up Roku's rotation  —  In its bid to put together a roster of compelling content, Roku has just acquired an ace.  —  Starting Tuesday, the set-top box—known to many as “the Netflix box”—will begin streaming Major League Baseball games.  As with the current Netflix arrangement …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware goes shopping: Buys SpringSource for $420 million; Can it keep the open source mojo?  —  VMware said Monday that it will pay $420 million for privately held SpringSource in a bid to become a bigger player in cloud computing application management and the open source community.
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Rod Johnson / SpringSource Team Blog:
SpringSource: Chapter Two  —  Today I want to share some exciting news.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Delicious Creator Quietly Launches Threaded Twitter Conversations  —  Joshua Schachter is best known as the creator of Delicious.  But a few years after he sold it to Yahoo in 2005, he left the company and joined Google.  Since then, he's been known to speak his mind about Delicious' overall direction …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Notice Those Ads on Blogs?  Regulators Do, Too  —  BLOGGERS, be warned.  Advertisers, you too.  —  Two of the National Advertising Review Council's investigative units plan to announce Tuesday their first decisions involving blogs.  Their recommendations call for clear disclosure …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter CEO's wife tweets about labor, ongoing birth of first child  —  Sara Morishige Williams, Twitter CEO Ev Williams' wife, is certainly making use of the company product — for the birth of their first child.  —  She went old-school, using text messages rather than a fancy application to post the news.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mahalo 2.0 Is Kicking Ass  —  Jason Calacanis continues to do what he does best: Innovate.  —  When the original concept for Mahalo didn't work as well as he thought it would, he did what all great entrepreneurs do: Try something different.  —  The second version of Mahalo …
David Murphy / PC World:
GeekBargain: Microsoft Doubles Cashback Incentives for Bing Search  —  Microsoft kicked off a large Bing promotion today that's geared to attract the attention of the Internet's best bargain shoppers.  The program itself is called Cashback, a function of the company's Bing search engine that …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Ars Technica, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Micron develop flash chips for USB drives  —  On Tuesday, Intel and Micron Technology announced the development of high-data-capacity flash memory technology for flash cards and USB drives.  —  And in a related announcement, Intel said Monday that it has validated a fix …
Discussion: Computerworld and The Tech Report
Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Major labels preparing new digital album format  —  The four big record companies are to compete with Apple's forthcoming Cocktail project by developing their own format called CMX  —  Forget WAV, MP3 and M4A - major labels have something new in mind, and it's called CMX.
 
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Yahoo!:
Get Ready Penny-Pinchers, the New Yahoo! Deals is Here!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
Mobile phone text messaging is making children more impulsive claim researchers
Discussion: The Register
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Delicious Founder: I Wish I Had Not Sold to Yahoo
Mathew Patterson / Campaign Monitor Blog:
Campaign Monitor attacked by hackers, some accounts compromised
Discussion: The Register
Steven E.F. Brown / bizjournals:
Fortinet files for IPO worth up to $100M
MacGregor Campbell / New Scientist:
Robots to get their own operating system
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Benchmark Capital Keeps The Returns Coming
Discussion: TechCrunch, Computerworld and Pulse2, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley software developers to get WiMAX network soon
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nambu Wants $80K-$100K For Tr.im, Considers Shutting Down Its Twitter Client
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Nielsen Wire:
When Choosing a Carrier, Does the iPhone Really Matter?
Discussion: Gearlog and Bits
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
‘Printed chips’ could be boon for consumers
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BBC:
Hacked blogger seeks Russia probe
 

 
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