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3:35 AM ET, September 15, 2010

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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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The good and bad of Twitter's new design (exclusive video of press conference)  —  I was just at Twitter's headquarters where they announced a new design.  I have the only video of the press conference.  You can watch here:  —  I'll have a deeper post on the good and bad later, but here's my first impressions:
Discussion: Computerworld and TechCrunch, Thanks:scobleizer
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Twitter Seeing 90 Million Tweets Per Day, 25 Percent Contain Links
Augie Ray / Forrester Blogs:
Breaking News: Twitter's New User Interface and What It Means To You
Discussion: The Next Web
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Twitter unveils new website with picture and video content embedded …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Samuel Axon / Mashable!:   Twitter Changes the Default New User Avatar [PIC]
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  —  Google has just confirmed that it fired one of its engineers for violating internal security policies, effectively confirming a Gawker report that detailed how former employee David Barksdale had used …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms That It Fired Engineer For Breaking Internal Privacy Policies  —  Earlier today Gawker published an alarming report detailing the exploits of a former Google engineer who allegedly used his internal clearances to access private Gmail and GTalk accounts so that he could spy on and harass people, including four minors.
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Los Angeles Times
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google Blog:
Confirmed: Google Me coming this Fall  —  Eric Schmidt has confirmed that we will getting “Google Me” sometime this Fall.  This Google Me service will introduce what Google calls “a social layer” into online search, video and Google Maps.  —  What's interesting to me is that this doesn't sound …
Discussion: Reuters and The Next Web
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.
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.
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
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How to get a job at Google, interview questions, hiring process  —  The Google hiring process is designed to hire the most talented, creative, and articulate people in the world who will be the best fit for Google.  The Google culture is different.  You notice it the moment you walk on campus.
Discussion: Google Watch and The Next Web, Thanks:dondodge
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.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia hires Peter Skillman, former Palm Design VP, as MeeGo user experience chief (update: confirmed)  —  Now this, this is what we call exciting.  Nokia has managed to scoop up Peter Skillman from the wreckage of the HP/Palm merger.  One of the many senior VPs to leave Palm upon its assimilation …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Nielsen: Bing Passes Yahoo To Become #2 Search Engine  —  According to Nielsen data out this morning Microsoft's Bing has passed Yahoo to become the number two search engine in the US.  Nielsen says that Google's August share is 65% (and growth is flat) but that Bing and Yahoo have now switched places:
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Bing overtakes Yahoo, and that's not a good thing
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 and Gadgetopia
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forget Phones, Google Gives Top Advertisers Google TV  —  Google's gained quite a reputation for surprising attendees at conferences with an “Oprah” moment of giving them free Android phones.  But phones, that's so last year.  With Google TV about to launch, Google's upped the giveaway ante …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter is NOT a Social Network, Says Twitter Exec  —  Kevin Thau, Twitter's VP for business and corporate development, announced during a presentation at Nokia World 2010 today that everyone's favorite micro-blogging network is not actually a social network.  —  It's not, you say?
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 …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Chief Slams H-P  —  International Business Machines Corp. chief Samuel J. Palmisano stepped into the debate around Hewlett-Packard Co., sharply criticizing his rival for its expensive acquisition of 3PAR Inc. and giving a large severance package to former chief executive Mark Hurd.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Usability Study Shows Kids Don't Search  —  While adult Internet users are increasingly “search dominant,” kids navigate the web using bookmarks, remembering their favorite sites, and accessing paid subscription content and games.  That's one of the findings from a new qualitative usability study …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Geo-Local the Answer to the Local Advertising Quandary?  —  A few weeks back, I spent time with Ian White, CEO and founder of Urban Mapping, a San Francisco-based start-up that's been in the geo-local trenches for nearly seven years.  Not surprisingly, our conversation centered around the consumer geo-local services.
 
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