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Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Search your Android phone with written gestures  —  As mobile phones become increasingly powerful and can store more data, we've introduced new methods of search to get you to your content faster, such as search suggestions or search by voice.  But sometimes, typing to get to the right search suggestion takes …
Cedric Dupont / The Official Google Blog:
Stars make search more personal  —  We've long believed that personalization makes search more relevant and fun.  For nearly five years, we've been tailoring results with personalized search.  Today we're announcing a new feature in search that makes it easier for you to mark and rediscover your favorite web content — stars.
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Google kills SearchWiki, debuts “stars” to personalize searches
Discussion: WebProNews
John Kennedy / Silicon Republic:
In three years desktops will be irrelevant - Google sales chief  —  Google believes that in three or so years desktops will give way to mobile as the primary screen from which most people will consume information and entertainment.  That's according to Google Europe boss John Herlihy …
Discussion: broadstuff and PC World
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
This Apple-HTC Patent Thing  —  There are two aspects surrounding Apple's patent litigation against HTC that demand further consideration.  First, the severe problems with the U.S. patent system as a whole, particularly with regard to software patents.  Second, the strategic implications of Apple's decision to file suit.
Discussion: Call Me Fishmeal and eWeek
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook CEO in No Rush To ‘Friend’ Wall Street  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Most everyone in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street agrees: The eventual IPO of social-networking site Facebook could make its founder the world's richest twenty-something.  —  Yet Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, now 25 …
Discussion: BoomTown and TechCrunch
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Microsoft to Double Down on HTML5 With Internet Explorer 9  —  With the latest releases of Opera, Google Chrome and Firefox continuing to push the boundaries of the web, the once-dominant Internet Explorer is looking less and less relevant every day.  —  But we should expect Microsoft …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu dumps the brown, introduces new theme and branding  —  Canonical has revealed the style of the new default theme that will be used in Ubuntu 10.04, the next major version of the popular Linux distribution.  In a significant departure from tradition, Ubuntu is shedding …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Maximum PC
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Ads Strike Some as Off-Key  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is selling more ad spots to big companies like Wal-Mart Stores, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo.  —  But the site's pages are also home to countless ads from smaller companies that can be funny …
Thanks:bradstone
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Index to Go Real Time  —  Google is developing a system that will enable web publishers of any size to automatically submit new content to Google for indexing within seconds of that content being published.  Search industry analyst Danny Sullivan told us today that this could be “the next chapter” for Google.
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
RealNetworks settles RealDVD case, drops product, pays $4.5m  —  Breaking News: RealNetworks says it has settled the litigation over RealDVD, its software for making copies of DVDs on PC hard drives, agreeing to a permanent injunction against the product and paying $4.5 million in legal costs …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Wants Your Lamp to Tell You How Much Power It's Using  —  Google PowerMeter is part of a series of efforts by various large and small companies, including Green Goose and Microsoft, to launch better and smarter home energy monitoring services.  Today, Google took the next step …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
VeriFone Brings Out The Big Guns In Its War With Square: Apple Stores  —  It's no secret that VeriFone hopes to eliminate mobile startup Square before it even officially launches.  Not only did they unveil their PAYware Mobile credit card-reading device just a week after Square made headlines …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wikia Dell Spat Highlights Divide Between Corporate and Web Computing  —  Wikia, the service that hosts wikis for any known subject, is quitting Dell servers thanks to both a functional and philosophical disagreement stemming from Dell's new demands that all hard drives …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
IBM creates optical device to enhance inter-processor connections  —  IBM scientists on Wednesday announced the development of a device that uses light, instead of copper wires, to allow computer chips to communicate.  —  The advancement is a step toward replacing the electrical signals …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
How to Watch Video, Wirelessly, on Your TV Set  —  An increasing number of people are watching video, including TV shows and movies, on their computers, instead of via traditional TV sets.  —  Many young people don't even bother with a cable or satellite subscription and just use their PCs or Macs to get their video fix.
Discussion: All Things Digital
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
How TiVo missed the mark with the new Premiere  —  Excuse me while I let off a little steam.  I was a tad hasty in my proclamation yesterday that the TiVo Premiere changes everything.  It doesn't.  In fact, it doesn't change anything.  It's a big pile of disappointment and missed opportunity.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Research head dubs holy PageRank ‘over-hyped’  —  Google research head Peter Norvig says that the search giant's hallowed PageRank link-analysis algorithm is overrated.  And always has been.  “One thing that I think is still over-hyped is PageRank,” Norvig said this morning during …
Discussion: Bruce Clay Blog
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Its First Android App.  Yes, Google's Platform.  —  In December 2008, Microsoft surprised a lot of people by releasing an iPhone app — Seadragon Mobile.  A month later, they ensured the move wasn't taken as a joke or gimmick by launching another app, Tag, into Apple's App Store.
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Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:   Mobclix Compares Android and Apple; Android Devs More Likely To Give Their Work Away
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Promotes Mobile Services to Users Who Log Off the Web Site  —  It's already clear that Facebook believes mobile devices are a key way for users to access its service, and the company has occasionally tested ways of making its mobile site and mobile apps more obvious.  But now it's going even further.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Other Companies Than Google Faced Big Risks in Attack, McAfee Says  —  It's not news that Google lost some intellectual property in the highly publicized cyber attack that targeted the Internet giant and many other companies.  What is more surprising, the security firm McAfee says, is how the others could have also been victimized.
Discussion: eWeek, Threat Level, bizjournals and Reuters
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Bing's Facebook Page Gets 400,000 New Fans in a Day Through Ad Offer in Farmville  —  In the latest example of brand advertising integrated into social games, Microsoft ran an advertising offer for Bing within Zynga's hit game FarmVille on Tuesday.  If users became a fan of Bing's Facebook Page …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chris DeWolfe Makes His Move - Raises Big Round, Acquires Gaming Platform MindJolt  —  Last year we reported that MySpace founder and former CEO Chris DeWolfe was raising a big round of capital to start acquiring companies.  He's now closed on that round of capital and has made his first acquisition.
Doug Aamoth / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile increases value for prepaid broadband data buckets — $60 for 5GB  —  Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go prepaid 3G data service made a splash last summer by offering no-contract plans that came close to competing with two-year offerings from the likes of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
comScore, Inc.:
Facebook and Twitter Access via Mobile Browser Grows by Triple-Digits in the Past Year  —  Social Networking Penetration via Browser Reaches 30 Percent among Smartphone Owners  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study on social networking access via mobile browser.
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz and Mashable!
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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