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Evan Williams / Twitter Blog:
A Better Twitter  —  Twitter is the best way to discover what's new in your world.  From football to film to philanthropy, people are using Twitter to discover what's new about what they find interesting.  —  Twitter has always been about getting a lot in a little.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches The New Twitter.com — A New Two-Pane Experience (Live)  —  I'm here live at the event Twitter is holding at their headquarters in San Francisco to show off — well, something.  A part of it is inline pictures and videos in the main Twitter stream, but it's anyone's guess what else they have up their sleeves.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Best Subtle Things About New Twitter  —  So, the new version of Twitter.com is upon us — well, some of us anyway (it's in the process of a gradual roll-out right now that will likely last over the next couple of weeks).  Everyone at Twitter I spoke with today agreed …
Gina Trapani / Fast Company:
How the New Twitter.com Gives Your Favorite App a Run for Its Money  —  Forget your favorite Twitter app: the newly-redesigned Twitter.com's two panel layout adds rich media, keyboard shortcuts, infinite scrolling, and conversations to what used to be a plain old web site.  The redesign's rollout began tonight.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New Twitter.com Is a “Consumption Environment”.  Translation: Twitter is a (Reluctant) Media Company  —  Twitter's new Web site has lots of cool features and gizmos.  But they're all supposed to do one thing in particular: They're meant to encourage you to spend more time on Twitter.com, where the company can show you some ads.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats  —  We entrust Google with our most private communications because we assume the company takes every precaution to safeguard our data.  It doesn't.  A Google engineer spied on four underage teens for months before the company was notified of the abuses.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
This Is The Second Time A Google Engineer Has Been Fired For Accessing User Data
Discussion: Computerworld
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC unveils Desire HD and Desire Z Android handsets  —  Nokia World isn't the only thing going on in London today.  Conveniently, HTC has scheduled a press conference in the very same city at the very same time.  HTC used this London-based press conference to announce two new Android handsets, the Desire HD and the Desire Z.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC Sense evolves: DLNA, remote-wipe & HTCSense.com  —  HTC has announced the latest iteration of their Sense UI for smartphones, and its brought along a web-based companion in the shape of HTCSense.com.  Described as a suite of services for managing, customizing and controlling the user experience …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Add Social-Network Elements  —  Google Inc. this fall plans to infuse its core products with elements of social networking, said Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, ratcheting up the Internet giant's rivalry with Facebook Inc.  —  Speaking Tuesday at the Google Zeitgeist conference in Scottsdale …
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Doesn't Confirm “Google Me”, Rather Social Integration
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to offer Android 3.0 tablet PC in 1Q11, say Taiwan component makers  —  HTC plans to launch a tablet PC, possibly equipped with Android 3, in the first quarter of 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers.  —  For marketing tablet PCs, HTC will have an advantage thanks …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell's enterprise Streak plan: Target verticals like healthcare  —  Dell is aiming to take its 5-inch Android Streak into the healthcare industry as part of a broader set of healthcare services and IT gear.  —  The move is notable given that physicians are already eyeing Apple's iPad …
Discussion: ZDNet and InformationWeek
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Dell aims Streak tablet at medical community
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Fights Back In Battle For Talent, But May Be Creating A Worse Problem For Itself  —  Earlier this month I wrote about the extraordinary steps Google is taking to retain talent.  It doesn't seem like such a big problem - after all LinkedIn is only tracking 118 (well, it's 120 now) former Google employees now at Facebook.
Patrick Seitz / IBD Click:
Best Buy Slashing CD, DVD Shelf Space For New Products  —  The outlook for movies and music dimmed Tuesday when consumer electronics retailer Best Buy (BBY) said it will cut back on shelf space for DVDs and CDs this holiday season.  —  The entertainment software market has been in decline for years …
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Chris Burritt / Bloomberg:
Best Buy to Start Selling IPad in All U.S. Stores
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Google Shows off Voice Search in New Series of Videos  —  What you say is what you search.  Or at least that is Google's latest tagline in promotion of their voice search capabilities for smartphones.  In a new series of videos the search giant is showing off some of the various situations …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: HP's Phil McKinney explains company's multibillion-dollar acquisition spree  —  Hewlett-Packard has been on a huge acquisition spree, spending almost $5 billion on companies such as Arcsight, Palm, Fortify and 3Par.  It's difficult to see any rhyme or reason to the collection of new assets.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Says The Steve Jobs Ninja Stars Story Is “Pure Fiction”  —  Despite reports to the contrary, Apple says Steve Jobs did not vow to never return to Japan, after airport officials prevented him from bringing his ninja throwing stars on his private plane.  —  Apple's statement on the matter …
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Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Stopped at Japan Airport Over Ninja Stars, SPA!  Magazine Says
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)  —  This morning at Nokia World 2010 in London, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, widely known as the inventor of the Web, addressed the audience in a keynote speech where he spoke about the future of mobile technology …
Discussion: Guardian, Inquirer, BBC and Telegraph
Rsayre / Rob Sayre's Mozilla Blog:
Release The Kraken  —  We're pleased to announce the first version of Kraken, a new browser benchmark.  More than Sunspider, V8, and Dromaeo, Kraken focuses on realistic workloads and forward-looking applications.  We believe that the benchmarks used in Kraken are better in terms …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Insync turns Google Docs into the GDrive  —  Using Google's vast resources in ways that company did not intend is not a new thing, though rarely is it done right.  A new service from the Philippines called Insync falls into that small category, while still managing to play by the rules.
Laura June / Engadget:
Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton: Surface will be in homes within three years  —  Microsoft's Principal Researcher recently sat down for a very long interview with The Globe and Mail.  The next big thing in tech, he says, is something like Microsoft's already available (but super expensive) Surface.
Pew Internet:
The Rise of Apps Culture  —  Some 35% of U.S. adults have software applications or “apps” on their phones, yet only 24% of adults use those apps.  Many adults who have apps on their phones, particularly older adults, do not use them, and 11% of cell owners are not sure if their phone is equipped with apps.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
DEMO: IQ Engine's image recognition system brings neuroscience to visual search  —  IQ Engines is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley.  After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present.
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Automatically Update Your Twitter Lists With Formulists  —  We were hoping Twitter would announce some improved functionality for lists at its event today, which it did not, but we did find out about this new third-party Twitter app.  —  One of the things Twitter founders emphasized today …
New York Times:
Microsoft and Russia  —  Microsoft made the right decision to stop helping Russian authorities use claims of software piracy to harass and silence dissenters.  On Monday, it announced that it is barring its lawyers from taking part in such cases and will provide a blanket software license …
Discussion: Public Knowledge
 
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
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Jack Clark / ZDNet:
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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Noel Randewich / Reuters:
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
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