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1:00 AM ET, September 12, 2010


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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Page Discovery “Browser”  —  Facebook has launched a new way to “Discover Facebook's Popular Pages” called Browser.  It shows icons of Pages that are popular in a user's country, but factors in which Pages which are popular amongst their unique friend network.
Discussion: Mashable!
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Patent Office Admits the Truth: Things Are a Disaster  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, under its new director, David Kappos, has finally begun to seriously address transparency of information with a new data visualization dashboard.  The big lesson?
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Instant Search in Google Chrome  —  Google Chrome will add support for instant search, the feature released this week by Google.  An early implementation is already available in Chrome Dev Channel and in Chrome Canary build.  You can enable this feature by adding the following command-line flag …
Discussion: Download Squad and BlogsDNA, Thanks:arpitnext
Anil Dash:
Forking is a Feature  —  While Linus Torvalds is best known as the creator of Linux, it's one of his more geeky creations, and the social implications of its design, that may well end up being his greatest legacy.  Because Linus has, in just a few short years, changed the social dynamic around forking …
Discussion: Smarterware, Thanks:atul
Raffi Krikorian / mehack:
Twitter by the Numbers  —  Yesterday I gave a talk at UC Berkeley as part of Twitter's recruiting efforts (known as @TwitterU).  I was asked to put together a tech talk, so I wanted to use this as an opportunity to de-mystify Twitter a bit.  A lot of people ask me “what's so hard about sending 140 characters”?
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Why the digital hub died  —  Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.  —  A decade ago at Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs provided a rare look into the vision guiding Apple.  Breaking with naysayers foretelling the demise of the PC …
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Using Microsoft, Russia Suppresses Dissent  —  IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here.  They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google search index splits with MapReduce  —  Welds BigTable to file system ‘Colossus’  —  Exclusive Google Caffeine — the remodeled search infrastructure rolled out across Google's worldwide data center network earlier this year — is not based on MapReduce, the distributed number-crunching platform …
Discussion: High Scalability
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Maps, Like YouTube, Get Instantized  —  So Gmail Instant would actually be useful, but seriously what's next, Google Calendar Instant?  Google Image Search Instant?  Okay, maybe those would be helpful too.  In fact it's really difficult to think of a Google service that wouldn't benefit at least slightly from Instantization.
Amrit / TopINews Blog:
Google Images Instant: Image search gets Instant with Google Images Instant
Discussion: TechCrunch
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple may abandon Intel's Infineon chips in next iPhone - report  —  The next iPhone may forgo an Infineon baseband chip in favor of one from Qualcomm, according to an unconfirmed report.  —  The Commercial Times reported (Google translation) earlier this week that Infineon will not provide …
Discussion: BlogsDNA and TG Daily
Surur /
Windows Phone running ZuneHD2 confirmed in Microsoft job post?  —  Even with all the Windows Phone news around, it seems it is still worth keeping an eye on Microsoft's job board.  —  it appears the Entertainment and Devices Division is looking for a Hardware Engineer for …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Consumer RSS: 1999-2010  —  paidContent made an interesting connection about Bloglines being shut down and the broader question of RSS in the age of Twitter. … A month before Steve published his post I wrote a post that remains one of the most popular pieces I have written to date.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mixed messages from Google: is Android ready for tablets?  —  Google's Android mobile operating system was designed for smartphones, but it is increasingly being adopted by consumer electronics companies to power a range of new devices, including tablets and e-book readers.
Discussion: Electronista and Andrew Lark
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