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6:55 PM ET, August 26, 2010

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Dylan Casey / The Official Google Blog:
Google Realtime Search: a new home with new tools  —  When we first introduced our real-time search features last December, we focused on bringing relevance to the freshest information on the web.  Our goal was to provide real-time content from a comprehensive set of sources, integrated right into your usual search results.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search Gets Home Page, Conversation View, Alerts & Geosearch  —  Google Realtime Search has finally gained its own home page, as well as some new tools including “conversations view,” Google Alerts for real time content and the ability to see tweets filtered by geography.  —  New Home Page
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Realtime: The Good News & the Bad News (Corrected)  —  Everyone says Google doesn't “get” social media.  What Google gets better than anyone else in the world, though, is search - combine the two and the company may have found a winning recipe.  —  Today Google announced (our coverage) …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Gmail users place 1M calls in 24 hours  —  It looks like Gmail users are already taking advantage of the cheap calling that Google launched yesterday.  The company announced via Twitter that there were 1 million calls placed from Gmail in 24 hours.  —  The feature is particularly attractive …
Discussion: TechFlash, Fortune, Pulse2 and NBC Bay Area
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Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Use Gmail to make VoIP calls: Hands-on review  —  With Google's Wednesday rollout to Gmail, the built-in Google Talk chat app is finally getting its own voice.  Specifically, a plugin that lets you surface a dial pad so you can launch VoIP calls from the Gmail.com in-box, or from within iGoogle.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
My Theory: Maybe Phone Calls in Gmail are About Phone Calls in Gmail?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ITunes Music Update: Think Social, Not Streaming  —  When will Apple launch a cloud-based version of the iTunes music service that lets you stream your songs to wherever you are, whenever you want?  —  Probably not at Apple's newest product launch next week.
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Jared Newman / PC World:   Dear Apple: Forget Social, Fix iTunes
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Smaller iPod nano without click wheel could be unveiled at Apple event  —  Rumors of a “significant redesign” of Apple's iPod nano have surfaced, suggesting the company could introduce a smaller device with no click wheel at its event next week.  —  Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. issued a note …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Leaked Case Design Suggests iPod Nano May Gain Smaller Square Form Factor
Discussion: iPodNN, AppleInsider and iLounge
Dylan Swift / Yelp Official Blog:
Sneak Peak at Yelp Deals  —  Yelp's mission from the beginning has been to connect consumers with  —  great local businesses.  Members of the Yelp community have been and  —  continue to be the driving force behind that mission.  Historically, we  —  have provided value to our 36 million monthly unique visitors by
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Power Diggers React To New Version of Digg (video)  —  Yesterday the big news wasn't that Lindsay Lohan is out of rehab.  The real news was that the new version of the social news site Digg launched to the public.  Alex from Next Web has an overview of the new Digg.
Discussion: GigaOM and TNW Social Media
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Alex Wilhelm / TNW Social Media:
What Digg Needs To Change To Keep Its Users Happy
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Netflix App Now Supports iPhone and iPod Touch  —  As promised, Netflix has finally updated their App Store app [iTunes Link] to support the iPhone and iPod Touch in addition to the iPad. … Netflix originally launched the app for the iPad-only and later revealed that the App would come for all iOS devices.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Netflix on iPhone: You're Gonna Like It
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
HP Ups The Ante For 3PAR; Offers $1.8B In Cash For Data Storage Company  —  This morning, we saw Dell's announcement that 3PAR had accepted its increased offer to acquire the storage company for $24.30 per share in cash, or approximately $1.6 billion, net of 3PAR's cash.
Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck User Streams Preview: Open To All  —  I think it's fair to say that the reaction to our User Streams Preview version of TweetDeck was extremely positive.  —  TechCrunch called it “Crack for Real-time Web Junkies”.  The Next Web summarised their experience succinctly as “Twitter in real time.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Goes Hunting for a Music Boss  —  Anybody want to run the music division of the world's biggest media company?  Because Google is hiring: The search giant is casting about for an executive to run its music service, which doesn't actually exist yet.  —  Industry sources tell me Google …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else's Status, Word For Word, And See If They Notice  —  I'm so confused right now.  —  There's this thing spreading around Twitter right now.  It looks like it may be a virus — but it's not.  It's just thousands of people all tweeting the same thing …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hey Facebook, Here Are Some Other Companies You Can Bully Or Sue  —  I've been reading up on Facebook's most recently filed lawsuit, and the more I learn, the more the whole ordeal aggravates me.  —  As you may have heard, the social networking juggernaut has decided to sue …
foursquare:
Am I mayor yet?  —  We made a quick yet long-awaited tweak to our apps today.  When you're getting close to winning a Mayorship (within 10 check-ins), you'll now see how far away you are from ousting the current Mayor.  You'll see the count in the post check-in screen when you check into a place.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Exchange ActiveSync to arrive on Hotmail on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash.—One of the features promised as part of the latest update to Hotmail will arrive next week, CNET has learned.  —  In an interview here on Thursday, Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta told CNET that Exchange ActiveSync …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Digg's Matt Van Horn leaving for start-up Path  —  Matt Van Horn, business development director at social news site Digg, is departing for Path—the ultra-stealthy start-up co-founded by former Facebook executive Dave Morin and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning.
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Over 88% of Hulu Plus Content is Already Available for Free on Hulu.com  —  A new analysis of all the content available on Hulu Plus reveals that over 88% of all the full-length TV program episodes available in the $10/mo subscription service are already freely accessible on Hulu.com.
Adam Cohen / Time:
The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves  —  Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go.  This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and DailyTech
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Has Google Purged Places Of Yelp?  All Signs Point To Yes.  —  Well, this is curious.  —  From our checks, it seems like Google has completely omitted Yelp reviews from Google Places.  As you may recall, Yelp has been frustrated by Google's recent decision to pump up its Places service with Yelp's content— without Yelp's consent.
Join Diaspora Blog:
An Overdue Update  —  Since August is nearly over, it is time for an update and answers to some questions.  We have been coding.  We have Diaspora working, we like it, and it will be open-sourced on September 15th.  —  We are spending a good chunk of time concentrating on building clear, contextual sharing.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Flood Lite:
Apple's Attention to Detail  —  In July 2002, Appled filed a patent for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator” (No. US 6,658,577 B2).  They described it as a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator in accordance with the present invention mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.”
Discussion: Switched and Geekosystem, Thanks:atul
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Groupon Preps for More National Marketers After $11 Million Gap Promo  —  Touts Ability to Generate Foot Traffic as Key  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It looks like Groupon will be topping retailers' holiday wish lists.  —  Since last week's national Gap promotion, Groupon's phones …
Discussion: GigaOM and Screenwerk
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Tonight the Lights Go Down on Netscape's Silicon Valley HQ  —  With a flick of the switch today at 5 pm PT, a critical chapter in Silicon Valley will finally go dark.  —  That's when AOL (AOL) officially moves out of the legendary HQ buildings of Netscape Communications in Mountain View …
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Facebook: Actually, there are 44 million active monthly users …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, TUAW and iLounge
Sameer Soleja / Baker Institute Blog:
Why Google and Verizon shouldn't be the gatekeepers of net neutrality
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Uses Wi-Fi to Customize Cars
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Investors Push Blogging Platform Six Apart And Ad Network VideoEgg Toward Merger
Discussion: VentureBeat
Agence France Presse:
RIM makes offer to end BlackBerry crisis in India
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sony: Expect game discs for at least 10 years
Discussion: mcvuk.com, Ars Technica and Techland
Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Be Near Purchase of Infineon's Wireless Unit
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire for iPhone To Be Submitted To Apple Next Week?
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
DISNEY, WARNER BROS. SUE TO STOP ADVERTISING ON PIRATE WEBSITES
Discussion: NewTeeVee, msnbc.com and The Next Web
Matt Asay / GigaOM:
Apple Doesn't Target Markets. It Targets People
Adam Rifkin / GigaOM:
Why Google Has No Game  —  A few weeks ago, I wrote Pandas …
Discussion: Fast Company, FM Blog and MediaPost
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The ABCs of E-Reading  —  New Devices Are Changing Habits.
 

 
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