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1:15 AM ET, August 21, 2010

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Google Acquires Like.com  —  It's official.  Google has acquired Like.com.  In a post on Like.com's homepage, the company's CEO and Founder Munjal Shah writes that the visual search engine has been bought by Google.  We originally reported the acquisition last weekend.  Updating.
New York Times:
Facebook Feels Unfriendly Toward Movie It Inspired  —  LOS ANGELES — At the New York Film Festival next month, Hollywood will unleash “The Social Network,” a biting tale of the Silicon Valley giant Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Now Facebook must decide whether to bite back.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Facebook Places: The Real Target Is Yelp  —  Most of the attention paid to Facebook Places, the new location feature that the social network launched on Thursday, has focused either on the privacy implications of the service, or on the impact that it could have on location-based startups such as Foursquare …
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Wilson Rothman / msnbc.com:
Facebook is the new Google  —  If Facebook keeps acting like Google, how soon until the two titans clash?  —  With the arrival of Facebook Places , Facebook is showing (not for the first time) that it has the power to steamroll friends and competitors alike.
Thanks:wjrothman
Hot Potato:
We've Moved to Facebook  —  It's been an exciting year at Hot Potato.  Since going live last November, we've been inspired and energized by your reaction to the service and people's appetite for socializing around activities and live events.  —  Today, we're thrilled to announce …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed Hot Potato: Yup, Facebook Bought 'Em, Will Soon Shut Them Down
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Jobs: Software Update to Address iOS 4 Performance Issues on iPhone 3G ‘Coming Soon’  —  A new email from Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears to confirm that the company will soon be issuing a software update to address issues with the iPhone 3G's performance under iOS 4.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
An In-Depth Look at the Google TV Interface  —  Google TV will include a podcast directory, giving users the ability to subscribe to shows and have future episodes show up in the same list as their DVR recordings.  That's one of the takeaways of an in-depth look at the Google TV interface …
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
webOS developer spots device with Retina-matching resolution in logs  —  A few weeks ago, we told you about a foursquare application developer that discovered traces of webOS 2.0 in their application logs.  While the information would have been very hard to fake, it would have been technically feasible due …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Tweet Button Bookmarklet: Share links from any page  —  Last week, we announced an easy-to-install and lightweight Tweet Button that allows publishers to make it easy for users to share a link to their content on Twitter.  Thousands of sites have implemented the Tweet Button already.
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over ‘Mafia Wars’ Marketing  —  The San Francisco City Attorney's office is going after social-gaming company Zynga — maker of such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars — for what it calls an “illegal and actionable” …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
U.S. Customers Are Tablet-Hungry, and Not Just for the iPad  —  Surveys reveal that a substantial chunk of U.S. customers plan to buy a tablet in the next year, and it's not necessarily going to be an iPad.  —  Fourteen percent, or 27 million U.S. online consumers, intend to buy some kind …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Creep Executive Officer  —  In a weekend WSJ interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Schmidt said: … Nick Carr, quoting the above, quips: … But Carr doesn't even mention the oddest part of the WSJ interview: … I've been thinking about this since Saturday.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Textbooks Up Their Game  —  Inkling Adapting College Best Sellers for iPad, Capitalizing on Interactive Features  —  Maybe the iPad will move digital college textbooks out of theory and into practice.  —  Although electronic book sales have exploded, digital college textbooks have been slow …
Discussion: MacNN, Ubergizmo, TeleRead and iLounge
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Digital Textbook Startup Inkling Scores Sequoia Funding, Publisher Deals
Discussion: Business Wire, jkOnTheRun and VatorNews
Esther Dyson / Project Syndicate:
The Future of Internet Search  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  NEW YORK - Imagine that Googling an address gave you a list of the closest buildings, ranked by distance.  Not exactly what you were looking for, most likely.  But that is pretty close to what we still accept for most Internet searches.
Thanks:atul
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Digg's Founder Kevin Rose Says New CEO, Website Are Both About a Week Away  —  Digg Inc., the Web service that lets people rate news stories, is about a week away from hiring a new chief executive officer and will soon overhaul its site to make the content more relevant to users, founder Kevin Rose said.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Best Buy To Focus On Tablets For Holidays  —  Best Buy is known for stocking thousands of electronic gadgets.  To date, that assortment has included just one tablet computer-Apple's iPad-but that will change in coming months, Forbes has learned.  —  “Going into the holidays …
Discussion: Technologizer
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Infoaxe raises $3M to make online bookmarks obsolete  —  Infoaxe, a startup that helps helps users find better search results based on their Web history, just announced that it has raised $2 million in a first round of funding.  —  The Sunnyvale, Calif. company's main product is an add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 again, this time with less Mr. Blurrycam  —  So we just got a second batch of T-Mobile G2 shots dropped in our mailbox — and this time, you can get a much better look at the inner workings of the carrier's version of the upcoming HTC Vision.  [Looks like this bad boy slides and tilts …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
German Guy Wants to Photograph Those Buildings People Want to Exclude from Google Street View  —  Spiegel reports that German photographer and IT consultant Jens Best wants to personally take snapshots of all those (German) buildings which people asked Google Street View to remove.
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
FleshDrives pitch plug-and-play adult content  —  “Hundreds of adult movies in the palm of your hand” is the motto behind New York-based FleshDrive, a new company selling USB thumbdrives filled with porn.  The small devices are targeted at busy travelers and others looking/lurking for virus-free porn …
Discussion: Techland and GadgetReview
Joab Jackson / CIO.com:
HTML5 Raises New Security Issues  —  As HTML5 enhances the Web, so too will it bring new vulnerabilities, security experts warn  —  IDG News Service — When it comes to new security issues, the security team for the Firefox browser have the new version of the Web HyperText Markup Language, HTML5, foremost on the mind.
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Sony's Single Wire Interface Will Allow For Crazier Handset Designs  —  Sony figured out how to replace the 22-wire ribbon inside their mobile devices-the one that carries control signals, video, and audio data-with a single copper cable, capable of 940Mbps transmission.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
ICANN asks Demand Media for answers after report  —  IDG News Service - The group responsible for managing the Internet's domain name system is asking Demand Media's eNom division for answers following complaints from Internet security groups.  —  ENom, the world's second-largest domain name registrar …
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone  —  One day you're the brightest star in the galaxy.  Then something new comes along — and suddenly you're a relic.  It's a turn of fate that awaits sports heroes, movie stars, political leaders.  And, yes, even household appliances.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IDC: U.S. Internet Advertising Rose 15 Percent In Second Quarter
Discussion: internetnews.com and Macsimum News
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Makes it Easier to Monetize iPad Apps
Computerworld:
Chrome 6 Beta May Hint at Mythical Chrome OS Tablet
Discussion: internetnews.com
Vinod Sreeharsha / New York Times:
Google and Yahoo Win Appeal in Argentine Case
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Has Been Trying (And Failing) To Trademark “Check-In”
Discussion: Regular Geek
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Foursquare's record check-ins aren't because of Facebook
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent
Motley Fool:
Why Apple and Facebook May Be BFFs
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MediaPost
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google patches 10 Chrome bugs, pays out $10K in bounties
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google Now Lets One Domain Dominate Search Results
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Analyst: Yahoo Should Invest In Hulu
Discussion: WebProNews and MediaPost
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
ISP's top data hog gobbles 2.7TB of data in a month
Discussion: Tech Eye and Geek.com
Keith Winstein / Ksplice:
Essay: 3G and me  —  In 2002, I got my first cell phone.
John Leyden / The Register:
Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Here's a Much More Realistic Facetime iPhone 4 Commercial
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Google Runs out of Nexus Ones for developers
 

 
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